If you’re new to the blog, you might not know that Dave and I make our own soap and have done so for the past seven years. If you’re interested in our soap recipes, check out this link.
When we were in Hawaii several years ago we met a soap maker. That’s not really unusual since when we travel we always scope out new soaps to try, and love talking to soap makers. However, she made 100% coconut oil soap. She had lovely long black hair and she used it also on her hair. Of course, we bought a bar and absolutely loved it. So we just had to try making it. It has become our favorite. Below is a picture with this soap and another new one Dave wanted to make.
The soap is easy to put together since we’re only using one oil. Coconut oil can be purchased at your local grocery store, Costco, or Sams. Coconut oil is super cleaning and may tend to dry skin. However, when you increase the superfat percentage to 2o, it becomes mild and good for your skin. It also has a great lather. Our recipe includes the 20%.
The only downside to this soap is that it takes almost 10 minutes to trace. By the end of the session, the stick blender is pretty hot.
If you’d like to try it, here is the recipe. We used to make large batches, but have found we really like smaller ones. This recipe can be changed using any essential or fragrance oil you like. We recently made a batch for me using Mokalata fragrance oil. It’s a great blend of cocoa, coffee and vanilla – Yum!
If you are not familiar with cold process soap making, please read the instructions Here.
Peppermint 100% Coconut Soap
Coconut Oil – 450 grams or 15.87 ounces
Distilled water – 171 grams or 6 ounces
Lye – 65.9 grams or 2.3 ounces
4 teaspoons Peppermint EO added at trace
This makes 1 pound of soap.
Before making any soap from any blog including mine, check the recipe through one of the online soap calculators.
On the art front, I entered the Threads of Resistance exhibit. This was my entry.
A piece of my ice-dyed fabric was used for this project. I showed my process back on this blog post. Over 550 art quilts were submitted with only 59 chosen for the traveling exhibit. I didn’t make the cut, but it was great to participate. You can see all of the entries here.
It’s been raining here so I’ve been able to get a little sewing (and soaping) done. Have a great week!