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These bars have a white base and activated charcoal pencil lines. To make the top look festive, there are rose hips and dried leaves. It’s scented with Lingonberry Spice Fragrance Oil, which is a comforting mix of apple, cedarwood, lemon, balsam fir, cinnamon, and mountain air.
Of course, how the soap feels is just as important. The recipe is made with squalane oil, which has a silky and lightweight texture on the skin. The soap also features skin-loving shea butter and cocoa butter.
- Skill Level: Advanced
- Time to Complete: 1 hour
- Kit Yields: 5 pounds of soap
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Lingonberry Spice Soap Project
This soap has a rustic-chic look that’s perfect for the holidays and beyond. It's scented with festive Lingonberry Spice Fragrance Oil.
5 lb. Wood Mold with Sliding Bottom
Silicone Liner for 5 lb. Wood Mold
2.8 oz. Shea Butter (5%)
7 oz. Canola Oil (12.6%)
1.1 oz. Castor Oil (2%)
2.8 oz. Organic Cocoa Butter Wafers (5%)
14 oz. Coconut Oil (25.1%)
2.8 oz. Squalane Oil (5%)
14 oz. Palm Oil (25.1%)
11.2 oz. Sunflower Oil (20.1%)
7.8 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
15.6 oz. Distilled Water (15% water discount)
3 oz. Lingonberry Spice Fragrance Oil
Note: This project was originally made with Lingonberry Seed Oil and Deodorized Cocoa Butter, which were discontinued. Squalane Oil and Organic Cocoa Butter Wafers creates a similar product but it will be different from the photos below.
FRAGRANCE PREP: In a glass container, measure out 3 ounces of Lingonberry Spice Fragrance Oil and set aside.
SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices. That means goggles, gloves, and long sleeves. Make sure kids, pets, other distractions, and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your space. Always make soap in a well-ventilated area.
Slowly and carefully add 7.8 ounces of lye to 15.6 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 3.5 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.
Melt and combine 2.8 ounces of shea butter, 7 ounces of canola oil, 1.1 ounces of castor oil, 2.8 ounces of deodorized cocoa butter, 14 ounces of coconut oil, 2.8 ounces of squalane oil, 14 ounces of palm oil (remember to fully melt then mix your entire container of palm oil before portioning), and 11.2 ounces of sunflower oil into a large mixing bowl. Add 4 teaspoons of titanium dioxide into the oils and use the stick blender to mix the colorant thoroughly. Make sure there are no clumps.
Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a thin trace.
Add 3 ounces of Lingonberry Spice Fragrance Oil. Use the stick blender to stir in the fragrance and pulse sparingly.
Once the soap is thick enough to support layers on top, spoon ¼ of it (about 20 ounces) into the mold. Tap the mold on the counter. Use a small spoon to create peaks and divots in the soap.
Very carefully, spoon a small amount of activated charcoal into the powder duster. Use your finger to gently tap a thin layer of charcoal onto the soap.
Use a spoon or spatula to plop another 20 ounces of soap into the mold, covering the charcoal layer below completely. Use a spoon to smooth out the layer and create peaks and divots. Lightly cover this layer of soap with activated charcoal.
Repeat this process with another 20 ounces of soap, and one more layer of activated charcoal.
Plop the remaining soap into the mold. Use a large spoon to evenly distribute the soap and create a smooth top.
Use a fork to create texture from one side of the mold to the other width-wise.
Place rose hips and dried leaves of your choice around the mold as desired.
Spritz the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to prevent soda ash. If you live in a very hot climate, place the soap in the fridge or freezer for several hours to prevent gel phase. If not, the soap can stay on the counter uncovered.
Allow the soap to stay in the mold for 2-3 days. Unmold and cut into bars. Clean up the activated charcoal lines if necessary. Allow the bars to cure for 4-6 weeks and enjoy!
Photographer: Amanda Kerzman
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