Terry sent us a fabulous Strawberries & Cream Soap Recipe. I am very fond of fruity scents, all right they are my weakness. This is right up my alley. I have been asking the construction workers how soon Andee and I get a Blog Kitchen just so I can try this fabulous recipe. Well, the kitchen is close to being finished. Yay! Now, I present Terry and her Strawberries & Cream Soap.
Melt the oils. I like to melt the solid oils first and then add the liquid oils. In my posted blog a few months ago, I explained my method of mixing the cream and lye. I combine the liquid ingredients, ice cubes, distilled water and aloe vera gel and then add just a little lye at a time and stir, continue slowly adding the lye and stirring, this helps to keep the sugar in the cream from burning and turning a yellow orange color. What a like about this method is, I can use almost all cream, rather than half water and cream, and it just adds more cream to the soap.
When both the oil mixture and lye mixture is about 100 degrees, slowly add the lye mixture to the oils and stir by hand and then stick blender if available until trace. Add the fragrance oil and strawberry seeds.
*I saved 1 ounce of the soybean oil to mix my amethyst pink powered color. Add your desired amount for the color you want. After trace, I added a small amount of the soap batch to the color mixture for the swirl effect.
Pour half of your soap into your mold, drizzle your colored soap on top, add the remaining soap and then drizzle the remaining color. Use a knife or fork to drag across the length of the mold in the upper and bottom section of the mold. Don’t over mix or you won’t get the swirl effect.
Note: I calculated 3 tablespoons of strawberry fragrance oil based on 60 oz of oils per MMS fragrance calculator. I think I would add a little more next time.
I hope you will give this a try, you will love the strawberry fragrance.