Monday, October 18, 2010

Cinnamon Soap Cakes

Do you have leftover soap that you do not know that to do with?  Then you may want to try this Cinnamon Soap Cakes recipe from Possumsal Homestead. The author for this recipe is unknown.

Easy to make soap cakes are an ideal way to turn leftover soap scraps, too small to use but too good to throw away, into luxurious, spicy, scented treats. This recipe is similiar making soap by the handmilled process but looking at the directions there is no heating involved to melt the soap.  I do not know whether or not heating the grated soap in a double boiler will help or hinder this recipe or not. But if you follow the directions and it does not work, then you may want to try to heat the soap in a double boiler like you would in the traditional handmilled soapmaking process.

Here is a list of what supplies you will need to make these wonderful soaps:

2 Lb. 2oz./1 kg. leftover soap
1 Tbsp./15 ml spring water
1 tsp./5 ml glycerine
1/2 tsp/2.5 ml cinnamon essential oil
1 Tbsp./15 ml sweet orange essential oil
10 drops clove bud essential oil

The directions are pretty simple to follow:

1. Coarsely grate the leftover scraps of soap into a large mixing bowl. Add the spring water, glycerine, and essential oils and mix well.

2. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave to stand for about 15 minutes, until soap is slightly soft and pliable. If the soap you use for grating is fairly new, you may find that you do not need to leave it to soften.

3. Scoop up a handful of the mixture and press it firmly together. Push it firmly into your mold. If you do not have a suitable soap mold, you could simply roll your soap into a ball. The more you compress the mixture into the molds, the better your soap cakes will be.

4. Push out of the mold and stand your soap cakes somewhere to dry and harden. They should be ready to use in a day or two.

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