A homemade soap recipe as sweet and sunny as summer
The great thing about soapmaking is that you can give free rein to your imagination, creating unique soaps to suit your heart’s desires. The idea for this recipe came to us in the dead of winter, when the white landscapes, grey skies, and barren trees left us craving a little slice of summer… And so our Refreshing Watermelon Soap was born! Thanks to this decorative handmade soap, you can switch seasons for a few instants.
We’re particularly fond of its beautiful and refreshing colours, plus it smells so delicious you’ll feel like biting into it—which is obviously not recommended! With this homemade soap, you can give yourself a little slice of sun and summer beauty while you lather up!
So if you’re looking to make a summery soap, your search is over! You’ve found just the recipe you need!
Cold process soap recipe for Refreshing Watermelon Soap
- 330 g olive oil
- 150 g extra virgin coconut oil
- 130 g palm oil
- 50 g castor oil
- 50 g sesame oil
- 50 g cocoa butter
Sodium hydroxide solution
- 30 g macadamia oil
Mixture of essential oils and aromatic essences
- 12 g fig aromatic essence
- 7 g honeysuckle aromatic essence
- 10 g sweet orange essential oil
- 5 g benzoin essential oil
- 1.5 g orris root powder (to keep the scent of the essential oils and aromatic essences)
- 1.3 g bordeaux mica
- 1 g dark green oxide
- 0.5 g green oxide
- 3.5 g titanium dioxide
- 0.5 g yellow oxide
- 2.5 g blueberry seeds
- 1 scale accurate to 1 g and 0.1 g
- 4 pipettes for the essential oils and aromatic essences
- 1 thermometer
- 3 measuring funnel pitchers (900 ml each)
- 1 large pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot for the sodium hydroxide solution (must have a capacity greater than 500 ml)
- 1 silicone loaf mold
- 5 ramekins (1 for the essential oils, 3 for the colourants, and 1 for the blueberry seeds)
- 1 immersion blender
- Components to make a double boiler
- 3 silicone spatulas
- Protective soapmaking gear
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- In a ramekin, weigh and mix the essential oils and aromatic essences with the orris root powder.
- In the three other ramekins, weigh the colourants (1. dark green oxide; 2. bordeaux mica; 3. green oxide, yellow oxide and titanium dioxide).
- In the last ramekin, weigh the blueberry seeds.
- In a small bowl, weigh the superfatting oil.
- Take out the silicone loaf mold and keep on hand so that you can pour the different soap batters as soon as they are ready.
- Take the necessary precautions for working with sodium hydroxide.
- Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution (measure demineralized water and sodium hydroxide separately, add the sodium hydroxide to the water, mix carefully) and let cool.
- While the sodium hydroxide solution is cooling, weigh the coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter in a large stainless steel container. Melt this mixture in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat, and add the olive oil, sesame oil, and castor oil. Let cool.
- Pour a little of the oil and butter mixture made in step 8 into each of the three measuring funnel pitchers. Transfer the colourants from the three ramekins into the measuring funnel pitchers containing oil (one for the dark green, one for the bordeaux, and one for the green/yellow oxidex and titanium dioxide). Dissolve colourants in the oil, and crush any colourant granules with a silicone spatula. This will prevent lumps from forming when you add the soap batter to the colourants (step 13).
- At light trace, pour the mixture of essential oils/aromatic essences and the superfatting oil into the oil/sodium hydroxide mixture. Mix well.
- In the following proportions, divide the soap batter into the three measuring funnel pitchers containing your colourants: 650 g batter with the bordeaux mica; 300 g batter with the green/yellow oxides and titanium dioxide; and the remainder of the batter with the dark green oxide.
- Mix the pale green soap batter with the help of the immersion blender, until all of the additives are fully incorporated into the soap. Rinse the immersion blender well before using it to mix the dark green batter followed by the Bordeaux batter. Be sure to rinse the blender between each colour to prevent mixing.
- Pour the blueberry seeds into the Bordeaux batter and mix well with a spatula.
- When the soap has reached medium trace, take the pitcher of dark green soap batter and pour it into the bottom of the mold. Then, gently pour a thin layer of pale green batter on top, sliding the batter along a spatula while pouring. Repeat with the Bordeaux soap batter.
15. Cover the soap for 24 to 48 hours.
16. Wear gloves to unmold the soap. Cut soap and leave it in a cool, dry place to cure for 4 to 6 weeks.
This soap is intended for body use.