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Super Scrub Cold-Process Gardener's Soap Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Measure out the essential oils into a cup and the loofah, poppy seed, cornmeal, black walnut hull powder, and orange peel powder into another cup. Set them aside.
  2. Using a digital scale, measure out the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Combine the coconut oil and tallow and melt them in a double boiler.
  4. Meanwhile, carefully stir the lye into the tea (or water) until it has fully dissolved. (Follow all safety precautions as outlined in this book. Do not add water to the lye bowl. Add the lye to the water bowl.)
  5. Stir the sunflower oil into the melted coconut oil and tallow.
  6. Once both the oil mixture and the lye mixture have cooled to a temperature where they will be about 105-110* degrees once combined*, carefully pour the oil into the lye mixture and stir it with a silicone spatula very well.
  7. Hold your thermometer in the mixture while you are slowly stirring so you can get a baseline of the current temperature.
  8. Using an immersion blender, mix the mixture until it begins to trace (you can see a picture of trace HERE.). You can verify trace with a thermometer: I continue to mix until the temperature of my soap rises 3 degrees from my baseline.
  9. Add in the essential oils and all of the scrubby ingredients and give it a quick, final mixing with the immersion blender until they are throughly combined.
  10. Pour the soap into your mold*, cover it with plastic wrap to protect it from anything getting in while it sets up, put it in a safe place, and then cover it with a blanket for about 24 hours until it is hard enough to take out of the mold.
  11. Allow it to cure for 1 month before using it.
  12. *Tallow soaps harden when the cool so it can create both the appearance of a false trace and a soap that is difficult to work with.
  13. *For example if the oils are 120 degrees and the lye mixture is 100 degrees, they'll be about 110 once combined.
  14. *Note: I use individual silicone molds like these. Due to the nature of tallow soap being hard, it doesn't always cut smoothly without breaking when using a loaf mold. If you try this recipe in a loaf mold, try cutting it as soon as it will come out of the mold.

Recipe by Reformation Acres at https://www.reformationacres.com/2016/10/gardeners-soap-recipe.html