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This homemade soap captures Poseidon’s Rage!

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Poseidon is said to be a quick-tempered, quarrelsome deity, known and feared for his angry outbursts. Gazing at the ocean’s immense, tempestuous waves, you can easily understand why the Greeks’ god of the sea was described as combative. That furious beauty is what we wanted to capture in this homemade soap recipe, Poseidon’s Rage! We use swirling embeds to capture the waves’ frothy swells set in a deep blue soap with a divinely unique scent.

This soapmaking process involves two phases. First, you’ll make a white soap and leave it to cure for 24 hours before shaping it into spirals. Next, you’ll make a second soap—this time blue—and pour it around the embeds. This recipe takes a bit of patience, but the result is so worth it!

Now a few words about its scent, because we’re so proud of it! Pamela and Bénédicte came up with it, and they put their whole hearts—and olfactory capacities—into the effort. The result is a strong, woodsy, and slightly spiced fragrance that blew our whole team away! We even spotted several colleagues sneaking by to smell the soap as often as they could (that’s right, we saw you!).

Will you dare to face Poseidon’s Rage and make this homemade soap?

How to make cold process soap with a turbulent pattern

Before you begin

  • As explained above, this soap recipe involves two phases. First, you have to make a white soap that has to go through a gel phase. This happens when the soap heats up past a certain temperature, making it flexible 24 hours later so that you can cut it and shape it into swirls. Next, you have to make a blue soap the next day and pour it around the white swirls. 
  • You will notice that, in the white soap’s list of ingredients and steps to follow, there’s no mention of superfatting. This is simply because we decided to superfat this soap by reducing the volume of sodium hydroxide. It’s another very useful technique for making cold process soap!

Ingredientsdiy soap

White soap

Sodium hydroxide solution
Oil and butter mixture  
Colourants

Blue soap

Sodium hydroxide solution
Oil and butter mixture  
Superfatting oil  
Colourants
Essential oils

Tools

Good to know!

  • The saponified oils imbue your homemade soap with wonderful properties:
    • Coconut oil hardens your soap, gives it cleansing power, and provides great lather.
    • Kokum butter hardens soap and provides a silky, creamy lather.
    • Shea butter makes the soap milder and stabilizes its lather.
    • Olive oil makes this soap very mild on your skin.
    • Castor oil makes the soap milder and adds stability and creaminess to the lather.
  • We advise against substituting any of the oils or butters; if you change them, you’ll have to recalculate the quantity of sodium hydroxide needed for the recipe.
  • In making the white soap, it’s very important that you add the sodium hydroxide to the oils and butters at the right temperature (47–50°C) and that you insulate your mold once the soap is made in order for your soap to reach the gel phase. That’s what will allow you to bend thin slices of soap into swirls!
  • The chosen essential oils yield a scent that’s strong yet balanced, woodsy yet sophisticated. You can, however, replace them with the essential oils of your choosing, but keep in mind that they may affect trace.

Steps to follow

White soap (swirls)

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
  2. Take the necessary precautions for handling sodium hydroxide safely.
  3. Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution: weigh the water in a Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot, weigh the sodium hydroxide, pour the sodium hydroxide into the water, mix well, and set aside to cool. 
  4. Weigh the coconut oil and shea butter in a large bowl and melt on the hotplate.
  5. Weigh the olive oil in a small bowl.
  6. Weigh the titanium dioxide in a ramekin.
  7. When the coconut oil and shea butter have melted, remove them from the heat. Add the olive oil and titanium dioxide. Mix well with a spatula or immersion blender.
  8. When the oil and butter mixture and the sodium hydroxide solution have both cooled to 47–50°C, pour the sodium hydroxide solution over the oil and butter mixture. Mix with the immersion blender.
  9. At medium trace, pour the batter into the silicone loaf mold. Insulate the mold well with a towel. Leave for 24 hours. 
  10. Wear gloves to unmold and handle the soap. Use a mandolin, a peeler, or a large cheese grater to cut the soap into thin slices. handmade soap with essential oil
  11. Roll the slices of soap around a pencil or chopstick to form the swirls. Slices from the centre of the soap will be easiest to roll. Set aside the swirls; you’ll use them when you pour the blue soap into the mold. See step 2 in the instructions for making the blue soap. how to make soap at home

Blue soap

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
  2. Place the white swirls side by side in the two molds. There should be enough swirls to fill the bottom of two loaf molds.expert soap recipe
  3. Take the necessary precautions for handling sodium hydroxide safely.
  4. Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution: weigh the water in a Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot, weigh the sodium hydroxide, pour the sodium hydroxide into the water, mix well, and set aside to cool. 
  5. Weigh the coconut oil and kokum butter in a large bowl and melt on the hotplate.making soap
  6. Weigh the castor oil in a ramekin. Set aside until step 12.
  7. Weigh the essential oils in a ramekin. Set aside until step 12.
  8. Weigh the olive oil in a small bowl.
  9. Weigh the ultramarine blue and the Pacific blue mica in a ramekin.
  10. When the coconut oil and kokum butter have melted, remove them from the heat. Add the olive oil and the colourants. Mix well with a spatula or immersion blender.
  11. When the oil and butter mixture and the sodium hydroxide solution have both cooled to around 35°C, pour the sodium hydroxide solution into the melted oil and butter mixture. Mix with the immersion blender.
  12. At light trace, add the castor oil and the essential oil mixture. Mix with the immersion blender until homogeneous.homemade soap recipe
  13. Pour the blue soap batter into the two loaf molds containing the white swirls. Make sure that the blue soap fills all the gaps.how make embedded soap
  14. Leave the soaps to harden for 24 to 48 hours. 
  15. Wear gloves to unmold the soaps. Cut the soaps and leave them to cure in a cool, dry place for six weeks.

Use and conservation

This soap recipe is formulated for all skin types. 

When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least one year.

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