Creating Rose and Charcoal Soap.
Now Spring has sprung and Summer is on the way, it’s time for a bit of pampering with the added benefit of detoxing and rejuvenation. We’ve recently expanded our selection of clays, so we were inspired to make this beautiful rose clay soap. Clay can be used in many cosmetic products such as body washes and shampoos, as well as in bar soaps where the clay can help give a silky feel. With its detoxifying and absorbent properties it has a softening and toning effect on the skin making it ideal all skin types, particularly for mature skins. We’ve added a delicate pencil line of activated charcoal, which cleanses as it binds to the dirt and impurities and helps pull them out of your pores
We have used our basic cold process recipe for this soap, you can watch our video on how to make cold process soap here:………………………………….
- Two good sized stainless steel or enamelled saucepans.
- A heat-proof glass measuring jug or plastic jug able to withstand boiling water.
- Accurate kitchen scales.
- A balloon whisk & rubber/wooden spatula, or similar.
- Measuring spoons
- A mould to pour the liquid soap into whilst it sets.
- Eye and hand protection (safety glasses and rubber gloves).
- A blanket or large towel.
340g of cold, clean water
125g of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) beads or pearls
454g olive oil (preferably pomace grade but virgin or extra virgin will do)
284g coconut oil (hard variety)
170g palm oil (hard variety) If you’re looking to be palm-free, use Shea butter instead
1/4 tsp Grapefruit seed extract OR vitamin E (optional preservative)
2 tsp. Rose Clay mixed with + 2 Tbsp. Water
2Tbsp Activated Charcoal powder
20ml Fragrance or Essential Oil/s(we used Darjeeling and Tea Rose Fragrance) https://www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk/darjeeling-and-tea-rose-fragrance-kdev50405pmd
Rose Petals to decorate (optional)
Measure out 340g of cold clean water into a jug. Weigh (accurately) 125g of sodium hydroxide into a suitable container. Carefully add the sodium hydroxide to the water, and whisk, stirring all the time. Place the jug in a large bowl of cold water to cool, being careful not to ‘float’ it.
Measure out exactly 284g of coconut oil and 170g of palm oil into one of the saucepans (the smaller if there is one) and gently melt it on the stove. Don’t overheat it, just melt it. When there are tiny pieces of solid oil still left to melt, turn off the heat and leave until completely liquid.
Whilst the solid oils are melting, measure out 454g of olive oil (pomace grade is best) into the other saucepan (this will be the soap-making pan). If adding optional preservative, add it to the olive oil now.
Once melted, pour the combined coconut and palm oils into the olive oil and mix them all together.
Slowly and carefully pour the lye into the oils, and start stirring with a balloon whisk to ensure the mixture all starts to chemically react and combine.
Once you have reached a light trace add all the dispersed rose clay and whisk to fully mix. Then add Darjeeling and Tea Rose Fragrance and whisk until completely blended in.
Now it’s time to create layers. Using a spoon or spatula add about 1/3 of the soap mixture into the mould. Tap the mould to help get rid of bubbles and create a smoother surface.
Now the tricky bit, with a spoon (or old tea strainer or tiny sieve) gently dust the charcoal over the top of the soap. It only needs to be a thin layer; too much could cause the layers to come apart.
Now repeat steps 6 and 7, carefully spooning on the soap so as not to dislodge the charcoal powder
Spoon the remaining soap into the mould, and spread the soap with the spoon to evenly cover the charcoal. Use the spoon to create a textured top, pulling the soap up into the middle to create a peak
And sprinkle with rose petals.
Cover the mould with something like a cardboard sheet to prevent anything touching the surface of the soap whilst it’s setting. Insulate with old towels or a blanket and leave at room temperature until the soap has solidified, approx. 24-48 hours.
- To prevent drag marks from the petals when you cut your bars, lay the loaf on its side or upside down and cut away from the petals.