Swap Feature – Andee’s Spearmint & Basil Soap
This soap is my soap that I sent our in our recent “My Favorite Recipe to Share” soap swap on The Sage Forum. I’ve been very impressed by all the talent these soapmakers possess and I hope their work has been as inspiring for you as it has been for me.
This soap batch was very fun to make because I got a chance to use the new Digital Slim Kitchen Scale. This new scale is so slick and easy to use. I even spilled some oils on the scale, right over the display! Since this scale is flat, it was easy to just wipe the scale off and continue weighing my ingredients. The scale even has the ablilty to weigh my Sodium Hydroxide with no problem! Can I say that I think I’m in love with this scale?
I chose this blend of essential oils because I wanted a refreshing soap that had a minty scent but I wanted a little more oomph to the scent than just plain Spearmint. This soap smells just right for that morning wake up call!
16 oz Coconut Oil
8.90 oz Sodium Hydroxide (7% Superfat)
0.56 oz Basil Essential Oil
1 Tbsp Mint Green Color mixed with Liquid Glycerin
These bars are bigger than I expected because I was testing a new mold and a new swirl technique at the same time! You would think I would remember to only change one thing at a time!
This soap was processed at about 120° F. After the soap reached trace, I poured most of the soap into the mold and then colored the remaining 2 cups of raw soap. Since the swirl didn’t work as I desired, I’ll continue working on it and post to the blog as soon as I have perfected this.