This homemade cold process soap recipe from guest blogger, Rebecca D. Dillon of Soap Deli News, is perfect for cold weather. Formulated with natural ingredients and a blend of minty essential oils, this soap recipe not only nourishes dry skin, but is also perfect for seasonal handmade holiday gifts.
About Cold Process Soapmaking
The first time I made cold process soap it was a complete disaster. YouTube didn’t exist. So there were no instructional soapmaking videos to help guide me through the process. There were websites with recipes of course. However, digital photography was still awkward and internet speeds were not what they are today. So, I fumbled through trying to make my first batch of soap with just a recipe and less than adequate instructions. To make matters worse, it had taken me absolutely FOREVER to work up the courage to handle lye needed for the soapmaking process.
If you’ve ever thought about making cold process soap, but haven’t yet taken the dive, you likely have felt the same way. That fear of the unknown when working with lye for the first time can be daunting. Learning how to make homemade soap, however, taught me a few things.
- If you learned something, then you didn’t fail.
- Working with lye isn’t nearly as scary as everyone makes it out to be.
- You have to WEIGH your soapmaking fats (oils and butters), not use liquid measurements. (A key instruction that was left out when I made my first attempt.)
- Since then, I’ve really fallen in love with soapmaking. Part of the joy that comes with making soap, is being able to share my craft with others.
Homemade soaps are also a great alternative to commercial soaps if you have problem skin. You can create a custom soap recipe that addresses your skin’s specific needs. Whether you want a low cleansing bar for your dry skin or one with activated charcoal for acne, the options for creating homemade soaps are endless. I also love that the extra soap bars are perfect for homemade gifts for friends and family.
With winter on the way I really wanted to formulate a homemade soap recipe that works well for dry skin. Having grown up with eczema I understand how irritating dry skin can be. By using a low cleansing and high conditioning soap, you can help to minimize your occurrence of dry skin. It can also help to prevent your already dry skin from getting
The Story Behind This Cold Process Soap Recipe
First, however, there is a story behind this cold process soap recipe. Fortunately it’s nothing like my first attempt at beer soap where I had lye volcano onto my stovetop. (I survived all body parts intact. However, I guess that doesn’t help quite so much with the “lye isn’t as scary as everyone makes it out to be” part.)
So, my story goes…
My boyfriend, Greg, has made cold process soap with me before. However, for this cold process soap recipe, I managed to relinquish control (with much effort) of the mixing stage. Meaning I let him make this soap from start to finish. Mostly anyway. I did pour the soap into the mold.
As this left me with idle hands, I decided to add a little extra glitz to this soap during the mixing stage. In addition to adding a blue mica powder (which turned purple) I also added a bit of super sparkle mica powder mid-mix. As this particular mica does not turn the soap white, rather it simply adds shimmer, I went with the more is more awesome approach.
Greg would mix. I would pour. My pouring got a bit out of control. It looked like it was snowing inside. We had clouds of mica dust in our eyes and down our throats. Our skin sparkled. The floor, table and countertop all glinted in the light.
In other words, I did something I shouldn’t have. It’s possible that when I die (hopefully not from lung cancer) my son will request an autopsy to see if there’s glitter still lurking about in my organs. Considering my love of glitter, it’s possible there could be. I mean, I do plan to live until I’m at least 112.
Point being that, while super sparkle mica is awesome, kids, don’t try this at home. Also you should really consider using a respirator mask. (Like a sane person.) My finished snowflake shaped soap bars now leave behind a tiny glint of sparkle after use. For that, however, I won’t complain.
As you won’t be making the same (ever so delightful) mistakes as I did, my cold process soap recipe does offer some rather marvelous benefits.
Benefits of My Cold Process Soap Recipe
This homemade cold process soap recipe for dry skin is carefully formulated so it won’t strip skin. Crafted using a higher than usual superfat (of 8%) that leaves some of the oils and butters unsaponified for their natural skin conditioning properties, this soap also contains ingredients proven to nourish dry skin.
Carrier oils like olive oil and anti-aging rosehip seed oil along with moisturizing ucuuba and cocoa butters help make this vegetable based soap extra luxurious. While a blend of natural, seasonally inspired wintergreen and peppermint essential oils help to invigorate the senses for the perfect morning pick me up.
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