Hot Process Soap

Here it is….my first soap in my DIY tall skinny mould. I’m totally sold on it! 20140717-104808.jpg

This soap is made with Virgin coconut oil and unrefined Shea butter. I added coconut milk for even more lush lather. Pink and poppy seeds for visual interest. Fragranced with a citrusy blend that had my LO sniffing around in the kitchen yesterday and this morning.

Re hot process, I like it more every time I do it. It might just become my ‘thing’ 😀

I made this whole batch for a very supportive friend and customer so I cut them extra chunky. Hope she likes them!

Tweaking soap recipes

There are many rules in soapmaking, some that are non-negotiable e.g using the right amount of lye and taking safety precautions, and there are other rules that are flexible if you are the experimenting type.

One of the firmest held rules for decades of soapmaking was that although coconut oil is brilliant for making large bubbles, anything more than 30% would take one’s hide off. Now it’s commonplace that with a large enough super fat (at least 20%), a 100% coconut oil soap can be very moisturizing.

I’ve made a very decent 100% Shea butter soap and the person I made it for loved the gentle creamy lather and super hard long lasting bar. I live in West Africa so this also has the advantage of being an affordable recipe to make! I would choose this over Castile soap (gasp!)

Another recipe I’ve been successful with (lather, mildness, etc) is a combination of 80% coconut oil and 20% Shea butter with a 10% superfat.


This is the most recent one I’ve made with that recipe. It’s for a guy so i used a blend of smoky patchouli and spiced mahogany from Brambleberry. Very masculine. The brown portion is colored with dark cocoa powder. Luxe!

Insect repellent lotion bar

I recently gave my tub of insect repellent to my young cousins as the headed to the village for the Christmas season.

Yesterday as I was prepping dinner outside, enjoying the cool hammartan breeze, I was attacked by a legion of sand flies!!! In seconds I was covered in hot bites totally killing the moment.

I decided to try to make a lotion bar from a book I bought {my buttered life} because I had everything I needed to hand.

A lotion bar is essentially an oil based ‘lotion’ that stays solid at room temp, held together by a high amount of beeswax. It also helps to use hard oils and butters. Actually it’s like using a bar of soap to moisturise the body.

Here it is just poured:


And after hand washing the dishes and pots:


And a few hours later:


To use a lotion bar, simply grab one and rub directly on your body. You can also rub it in your hands and then rub on your body. It leaves a very light coating on the skin. It’s super cool.

What makes this lotion bug/insect repellent is the addition of Citronella essential oil to the coconut oil, Shea butter, beeswax mix. You can add any essential oil of choice to make it a regular lotion bar, some zinc oxide for sun protection, etc.

I think it’s the best thing that’s happend to my hands in a while…lol

Berry Lemony Spa Soap

Berry Lemony Spa Soap

Berry Lemony Spa Soap

I made my very first spa (salt) soap today after HOURS of research and making sure I had all I needed to hand.

Here’s what’s in it:

Coconut Oil
Shea Butter
Lye (sodium hydroxide) 15% SF
Sea salt (fine)
Lemongrass EO
Forest Fruits tea
Pink soap dye

This recipe moved fast but I was ready. I soaped at room temperature and it was ready to cut within 3 hours.
Quite pleased with how it turned out. I will definitely be making this again!