Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gardener's Soap (Cold Process) Recipe

Know someone with a green thumb? Then why not create this cold process soap recipe from Brambleberry! Originally, Brambleberry created a melt and pour verision of this soap and it was so popular that they created a cold process version of it. So in a recent newsletter I received the recipe. I would highly recommend signing for Brambleberry's newsletter because often times there will be great recipes to try.

This recipe is a layered cold process soap that features pumice, ground loofah and coffee grounds. Their combined scrubbing power is sure to get those dirty hands clean.


•1.6 oz Sweet Almond Oil
•13.7 oz Coconut Oil
•2.2 oz Mango Butter
•19.2 oz Olive Oil
•13.7 oz Palm Oil
•4.4 oz Palm Kernel Flakes
•8 oz Lye
•18.1 oz Distilled Water
•Coffee Grounds
•2 TBLS Blue Pumice
•1.5 TBLS Shredded Loofah
•3.5 oz Orange 10x essential oil
•.3 oz Cinnamon Leaf essential oil
•1 oz Patchouli essential oil


PREP: Line your 5 pound ELF mold with freezer paper. Don your safety gear, making sure it fits well.

ONE: Carefully combine your water and lye and mix well. Always add the lye to the water and stir until the mixture turns clear. Make sure you're in a well ventilated area.

TWO: While the lye mixture cools, melt and combine Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Flakes, Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Oil. Stir the Mango Butter into the warm mixture so it melts slowly (this prevents the mango butter from getting a grainy texture).

THREE: Slowly and carefully add the lye water to the oil mixture. Stick blend until light trace. Add your blend of essential oils and stick blend until trace.

FOUR: Separate the batch into two even containers (eyeball the measurement).

FIVE: To the first half of soap batter, add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and mix well with the stick blender until you reach thick trace. Pour the soap batter into the mold.

SIX: Add 2 tablespoons of Blue Pumice to the second half of the batter and mix until thick trace. Pour the second layer of soap.

TIP: Pour the soap over a spoon so it hits the first layer of soap gently preventing a "break through". We want a nice and even layer.

SEVEN: Garnish the top of the soap with blue pumice and shredded loofah. Then insulate and put it to bed over night. I like to put a piece of cardboard over the top of the mold and wrap it in a towel. Cooling slowly will put the soap through gel phase and help prevent soda ash.

EIGHT: Let the soap set for 24 hours. Unmold, cut and let cure for 4 to 6 weeks.

Permission given by Brambleberry to reprint this recipe. For any questions regarding this project or purchasing supplies contact Brambleberry through their website.

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