It's Therapy Thursday! Today we have a Natural Lemon and Basil Soap recipe by Soap Deli News.
1.8 oz. sweet almond oil
3.6 oz. hazelnut oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
9 oz. sustainable palm oil
10.8 oz. olive oil (pomace is fine)
1.8 oz. safflower oil
1.8 oz. shea butter
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 fluid oz. distilled water
.5 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.5 oz. basil essential oil
1 Tablespoon basil powder
1/8 teaspoon chromium oxide green pigment powder
To create this homemade soap you will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. This soap recipe yields a 3 lb. batch – or 10-12 bars – and will fit inside one of my diy wooden loaf soap molds.
Start by lining your soap mold and taking all safety precautions. Then measure out the distilled water and place inside a large glass pyrex measuring cup or pitcher. Now, in a well ventilated area, weigh out the lye and slowly pour into the water. Mix until all of the lye is dissolved, then set the lye-water aside to cool.
Next, weigh out the shea butter and soapmaking oils and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place on the stove over medium heat until all the oils have melted.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool to between 95 and 115 degrees F.
Once your lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled, slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Use a stick blender to mix until your soap reaches trace. Now stir in the lemongrass essential oil, then slowly pour two-thirds of the soap into the prepared mold. Dust the top of the soap in the mold with the basil powder.
Next, add the basil essential oil and green pigment powder to the remaining soap in the pot and mix well. Pour this remaining soap on top of the lemongrass scented soap you already poured into the mold.
Finally, level the top of your soap if needed.. I generally level out the top of my soap with a butter knife by running the knife back and forth along the width of the mold to evenly distribute the soap, then running it back and forth along the length. However, you can use whatever method works best for you. Tap on the counter or table to release any air bubbles, then cover the soap and insulate for at least twenty-four hours.
Once the soap has completed the saponification process, you can unmold the soap and cut it into bars. Allow soaps to cure for 3-6 weeks, then wrap and label. (I use professional plastic food wrap film to wrap my homemade soaps, though you can wrap them any way you like.)