|What do you do when you are requested to make a baby soap that has tea tree and lavender? Go lightly, dear soapers, go lightly. This question was recently posed to our technical support staff and here is the recipe and the thoughts behind the choices.
Oils to use are olive oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil. Today’s thought is that coconut and palm kernel give great lather but we want to temper the aggressive cleaning with gentle care. Let’s use 3 ounces coconut oil, 3 ounces palm kernel oil and 10 ounces olive oil for our base. Use the Lye Calculator to figure the lye and leave about 6% excess fat. The lye should be an easy to weigh amount, but right close to 6% is our target.
Tea tree and lavender can be used neat, this means undiluted, on the skin. However, baby skin is so tender and new we don’t want to overwhelm. Let’s keep the essential oil addition to 1%, this will be plenty for our extra mild soap. Because tea tree is so strong, stronger than lavender, let’s use it as 1 part and lavender as 3 parts to make our scenting mixture. We will need a total of 4.5 grams of essential oil. If you want to make measuring a bit simpler, you can do 3 grams lavender essential oil and 1 gram tea tree. This will be lighter, but certainly in line with a baby soap.
If you are looking for a stronger scented soap, or one for acne prone skin, you can increase the scenting to 2%, which would be 9 grams total.
Let’s show some pictures of our test batch.
I’m using Lemon Yellow from our blog on Jan 12, 2009. I have added 5 drops of color to achieve a pale, sunshine yellow soap. I have used a lovely mold from Soap Hutch that is scaled for this 1 lb fat batch.
2.2 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
Weighing time: 8 minutes
The soap is going to look dark because of the olive oil, but the color will lighten significantly when cured.