Friday, April 10, 2009

Coconut Lemongrass Soap


This is the best batch of soap I've made all year! Not only is it palm-free, but I actually love the way it looks! This soap was not made with a P-free fragrance oil (at least the bottle or web description doesn't indicate that it is.) I can't describe how coconut lemongrass smells. I really can't smell the coconut because the lemongrass is so dominant. Actually the description says it's got pineapple, lily of the valley, peach, and sandalwood. Whatever it is, I really like it. I was going to attempt some of the fancy-schmancy swirl techniques I've read about in Saponifier, but by the time I made the green and yellow portions, I said eff it, and stuck with my free-form rigmarole. This is also the most ingredients I've ever used in a soap: olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and shea butter. Shea butter is really expensive, so I'm reserving what I have for certain batches.

I also let this soap sit in the mold for about 3 days before un-molding and cutting. I'm learning to be patient. Besides, I always end up with smudged soap when cutting it too soon after un-molding. I'm off to make more soap. I'm dipping my toe into the pool of micas and oxides. I find them a little intimidating because they always clump when I use them. I'll post more pics in the coming week!

9 comments:

Pattie said...

That sound for some reason really delicious lol

Joy said...

That looks really nice, and I bet it smells nice too! May I ask what being palm-free means? I'm so new to the world of handmade B&B...never analyzed the ingredients on my soaps before :)

Patrice @ The Soap Seduction said...

Hi Joy!

I wrote an article that was featured on Art Fire about this very subject. You can check it out here:

http://www.handmadenews.org/article/index.php?id=599

milk and cookeez said...

mmmmm....
looks and sounds delish.
when is it on sale? Im a sucker for the shea butter-in case you never noticed :)

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

Ooohhh, I love lemongrass! If you figure out any good tips with respect to the micas and oxides, I'd love know...I have the same problem with clumping (though I have had a bit of success if I mix them with a tad of water before adding to my soap portions). Can't wait to see what you whip up next!

Patrice @ The Soap Seduction said...

Tammy-I just made these this week-got 4 long weeks to go. I'm a glutton for punishment-I did the zap test with my tongue just to humor myself, and these babies are still lye-heavy!

BBB-What's your name??? I'm going to the PO tomorrow to pick up my new shipment of oxides-I can't wait to try them. I'll definitely let you know how it turns out:-D

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

looks great!

can't wait to see more pictures from your soap marathon :)

my tip for the oxides is to use the stick blender in them if you can that usually gets most clumps out.

You should check out mica's next those blend in so much easier then the oxides.

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

LOL Patrice...I apologize (thought I had introduced myself...yikes!). I'm Jen :)

Caly's Jewelry Creations said...

I must admit...I saw the title..and thought you were talking about one of my favorite all time soups....!! Coconut Lemongrass..lol...! I guess I can't eat the soap...but I bet it smells good enough to..lol...Great combo...to either lather with...or to chomp on...