Charcoal Swirl CP Soap

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AuthorArtAstronDifficultyIntermediate

This recipe details how to make 45 oz of charcoal swirl soap. It assumes 5% superfat, and 38% Water (as percentage of oils).

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time1 hrCook Time0 minTotal Time1 hr

 10.50 oz Olive Oil
 9 oz Coconut Oil
 4.50 oz Shea Butter
 4.50 oz Cocoa Butter
 4.24 oz Lye
 11.40 oz Distilled Water
 1 tbsp Activated Charcoal Powder

1

Measure out butters and solid oils and place in double boiler over low heat to melt.

2

Measure out liquid oils, and combine in large bowl. Reserve 1-3 Tbsp of the liquid oils to combine with the activated charcoal.

3

Combine activated charcoal powder with reserved oils in separate container with a handle (make sure the container is large enough to combine with some soap mixture and can fit the immersion blender). Mix well with spatula or spoon.

4

Wait until butters and solid oils are fully melted before moving on.

5

Once butters and solid oils are fully melted, add to liquid oils in main container. Aim to work between ~90-120° F (temperature affects how quickly the mixture reaches trace and the gel phase).

6

Prepare ice bath in large bowl, and place heat-proof glass mixing bowl
inside (this will be used to mix water-lye solution).

7

Add distilled water to heat-proof glass mixing bowl.

8

Put on safety gear and turn on ventilation. Measure out lye into container with handle.

9

Slowly add lye to distilled water, mixing with long, non-reactive spoon as adding. When finished mixing, check the temperature. If necessary, let it cool to the range above.

10

Add water and lye mixture to bowl with oils. Use immersion blender to mix lye and oil until light trace.

11

Pour some of the soap mixture into the container oil-charcoal mixture. Use spatula to scrape down sides and initially mix together. Further mix with immersion blender, but avoid making too thick.

12

Add mixture to soap mold in layers, and swirl with gear tie if desired. If swirling, push the gear tie down to the bottom of the mold, a centimeter or two from one side. Pull it over to the same distance from the opposite side, bring the gear tie almost all the way up again, and then back to your starting point to swirl again. Do this several times.

13

Set aside for 24-48 hours before unmolding and cutting.

14

Let the cut soap cure for 4-6 weeks.

Ingredients

 10.50 oz Olive Oil
 9 oz Coconut Oil
 4.50 oz Shea Butter
 4.50 oz Cocoa Butter
 4.24 oz Lye
 11.40 oz Distilled Water
 1 tbsp Activated Charcoal Powder

Directions

1

Measure out butters and solid oils and place in double boiler over low heat to melt.

2

Measure out liquid oils, and combine in large bowl. Reserve 1-3 Tbsp of the liquid oils to combine with the activated charcoal.

3

Combine activated charcoal powder with reserved oils in separate container with a handle (make sure the container is large enough to combine with some soap mixture and can fit the immersion blender). Mix well with spatula or spoon.

4

Wait until butters and solid oils are fully melted before moving on.

5

Once butters and solid oils are fully melted, add to liquid oils in main container. Aim to work between ~90-120° F (temperature affects how quickly the mixture reaches trace and the gel phase).

6

Prepare ice bath in large bowl, and place heat-proof glass mixing bowl
inside (this will be used to mix water-lye solution).

7

Add distilled water to heat-proof glass mixing bowl.

8

Put on safety gear and turn on ventilation. Measure out lye into container with handle.

9

Slowly add lye to distilled water, mixing with long, non-reactive spoon as adding. When finished mixing, check the temperature. If necessary, let it cool to the range above.

10

Add water and lye mixture to bowl with oils. Use immersion blender to mix lye and oil until light trace.

11

Pour some of the soap mixture into the container oil-charcoal mixture. Use spatula to scrape down sides and initially mix together. Further mix with immersion blender, but avoid making too thick.

12

Add mixture to soap mold in layers, and swirl with gear tie if desired. If swirling, push the gear tie down to the bottom of the mold, a centimeter or two from one side. Pull it over to the same distance from the opposite side, bring the gear tie almost all the way up again, and then back to your starting point to swirl again. Do this several times.

13

Set aside for 24-48 hours before unmolding and cutting.

14

Let the cut soap cure for 4-6 weeks.

Charcoal Swirl CP Soap

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