“Adorn thee” soap: the most original gift of the season!

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Deck your tree and “Adorn thee” with decorations that glitter and gleam!

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home and making special gifts for your favourite people. Why not do both at once with this original soap recipe, whose rich spicy scents evoke the festive season so well!

These unique tree decorations will add sparkle to your festivities while their sweet eggnog aroma delights one and all, evoking cherished memories of this special holiday season.

To give away or keep for yourself (on your tree or in your bathroom!), these charming soaps will make great stocking stuffers for all your friends and family – whether they’ve been naughty or nice!

Original soap recipe to “Adorn thee” and your tree

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With this recipe, you’ll make a little more soap batter than the amount required to fill a silicone mold containing eight spherical cavities. This is to ensure that even if something goes wrong (like some of the batter falls outside the mold), you’ll still have enough to fill the eight cavities. That’s why you’ll need an extra mold with at least two cavities in order to use up all the batter.

It’s important to carefully follow all the steps and instructions, including the temperature of the oils and the sodium hydroxide when mixing them together, as well as the texture of the soap when the essential oils are added. The success of the recipe depends on it!

Ingredients

Oils + colourant

Sodium hydroxide solution

Essential oils

Decoration

Tools

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Good to know!

Some of the scents used in this recipe tend to accelerate trace. This means the soap is likely to harden fairly quickly after the essential oils are added, so you’ll need to work quickly.

Steps to follow

1. Follow the safety precautions for working with sodium hydroxide.

2. Measure the sodium lactate and dissolve it in the water BEFORE adding the sodium hydroxide, then set aside to cool.

3. Meanwhile, weigh the coconut oil, castor oil, and cocoa butter in the large stainless steel bowl and melt over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and add the sweet almond and olive oils, then set aside to cool.

4. Add the titanium dioxide to the melted oils and mix well with the immersion blender.

5. In a small ramekin, weigh and mix the essential oils. (See below suggestions for colour and aroma alternatives)

6. Prepare the mold: press the two halves together wherever they touch.

7. Prepare the strings: fold each string in half, tying a knot as close as possible to the ends.

8. When the sodium hydroxide and vegetable oil mixtures have both reached a temperature of between 30 and 35 °C, add the sodium hydroxide mixture to the oils, mixing first with the spatula, then with the immersion blender.

9. Mix the sodium hydroxide and vegetable oils together. Once they are well blended (even if there is no visible trace), add the essential oils and mix them with the spatula.

10. Fill the measuring pitcher with half the soap batter and carefully fill each cavity. Repeat with the remainder of the batter until the eight cavities are full.


11. Using the handle of a spoon, press the knotted end of a string into the centre of each cavity, leaving the loop hanging outside.

12. Add a little batter to fill any holes in the cavities.
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13. Leave the soaps to dry in the molds for at least two days.

14. Unmold the soap balls and let them dry for a few days. Once dry, decorate them with mica using one of the following methods.

Decorating the soaps

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There are several ways to decorate your soaps. Try them out and do whatever works best for you. This original soap recipe allows you to give free rein to your imagination!

Method 1: Sprinkle with mica

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After unmolding, place a soap ball on a mat (or a small object that will prevent it from rolling around). Spray the top with a little isopropyl alcohol. Place a small amount of mica in the sieve and sprinkle it on the soap, then blow away the excess. If desired, repeat, adding mica to the bottom of the soap (or all over the surface).

Method 2: Paint with mica

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After unmolding, place a soap ball on a mat and spray the top with a little isopropyl alcohol. Dip a small brush in the mica and paint any designs you wish on the surface of the soap. Rotate the soap as necessary.
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Optional additional step: Dip in sparkling glycerin soap

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Whether you use method 1 or 2 to decorate your soaps with mica, you can follow up with this technique. You can cover your soaps with a sparkling coating by dipping them in melted glycerin soap containing mica powder. For example, add half a tablespoon of the mica powder of your choice to a melted 454 g block of glycerin soap. You could also add one or more scents (10 to 20 g) to the melted soap.


If desired, you can dip the soap balls in the melted glycerin soap several times, allowing the layers to harden between each dipping.


You can then use the remaining glycerin soap to make additional decorative soaps using the same method as above. Don’t forget to add string loops to the molds.

Colour and aroma alternatives (step 4 and 5 of the recipe)

Here are two other options for colours and aromas. Simply replace the colourants and scent blends as follows. In these alternatives, none of the essential oils (EO) or the aromatic essence (AO) accelerate trace.

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Use

These soaps are suitable for use on the body.

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Comments

“Adorn thee” soap: the most original gift of the season! — 5 Comments

  1. For the entire ball to be colored, when do you add the coloring and what do you use? I see the instructions for the glittered mica but not the coloring of the ball. Also, does the oil blend need to be exactly that recipe or can we use another regular soap recipe?

    • Thank you for your comments. With regards to when to add the colour, let me help to clarify. Step four in the recipe references the moment to add the colourant to the melted oils. It lists titanium dioxide to achieve a plain coloured soap. Lower down in the recipe, we have included a grid on how to replace the titanium dioxide with other colourants (e.g. dark green oxide or ultramarine blue). I have forwarded your question regarding the oil blend, onto our quality assurance team to respond shortly

      • Hi again,

        So, if you want to make soaps in this sphere mold, you have to make a recipe that allows you time to work. In other words, it must remain liquid long enough for you to have time to fill all of the mold. Therefore, you should choose recipes without trace accelerants, but also with a good amount of water and one in which you can work at a low temperature.

        Thanks again! Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Bonjour Ysabelle,

      Il faut savoir que l’huile de coco apporte des propriétés spécifiques au savon (dureté et mousse). La remplacer par une autre huile peut donc modifier l’aspect du savon et son résultat final. Si vous optez pour une huile liquide à température pièce, cela donnera un produit fini plus mou et gluant à l’utilisation, moins moussant.
      Idéalement, il vaut mieux remplacer l’huile de coco en totalité ou en partie par une huile solide à température pièce et/ou un beurre végétal. Vous pouvez par exemple la remplacer par de l’huile de palme.
      Chez Coop Coco, notre huile de palme est certifiée RSPO, elle est donc respectueuse de l’environnement, ses travailleurs sont payés de façon équitable et l’utilisation réduite d’énergie et la conservation de l’eau sont encouragés.

      Si vous changez un élément de votre recette, n’oubliez surtout pas de vérifier la proportion à remplacer via notre calculateur.

      Bonne journée et belles créations!

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