|Our front office has an aloe plant that is just about ready to bloom. When the aloe blooms, I’ll take a picture to share. I was sitting and admiring the plant when I decided that the aloe needed some of the leaves trimmed. As I was trimming, I thought that it would be very fun to make soap that used some of the pulp and juice from the leaves. I collected the trimmed leaves and headed off to the blog kitchen to make some soap.
Come join me on my new soaping adventure!
Collect needed items:
I found the most effective way to remove the desired aloe pulp was to slice the leaf open. I trimmed the tip of the leaf and then cut one of the serrated sides off the leaf. This allows the leaf to be pulled open like a book. I also found that slipping the knife through the leaf would make it easier to open. Once the leaf was opened, I could use a spoon and scrape out the inner pulp of the leaf that I wanted. Definitely easier than trying to squeeze everything out of the leaf! Don’t worry if the pulp varies in color from leaf to leaf. I had two leaves that had a brownish color to the pulp, but the pulp was fine.
I filled a plastic jar with the pulp until I felt that I had enough for the soap. Once I had filled the jar, I used an immersion blender and blended the pulp until the pulp was broken into small pieces, like watery gelatin. Now I can make the soap with my aloe juice!
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Measure the desired amount of aloe juice.
Combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Upon light trace add the aloe juice. Stir well. Pour soap into the desired mold, I used a Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915. Allow to sit until soap is firm.
The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
I did not scent this soap because I wanted to smell the soap without any other odor interference. This soap has a soapy clean smell without an overwhelming scent. This soap would be very easy to scent with any fragrance since there would not be a conflicting scent.
The Aloe soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this soap. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.