I hope you have all had a wonderful and safe holiday! I’m glad to be back in the saddle working on more formulas. (I still have a mountain!) Before I continue with today’s post, I have a question for you. Would you like us to continue the “From the Cupboard of” series by making it a monthly event? Let us know what you think!
The first request I received was for a soap recipe. Most of the oils in Thompson’s cupboard are liquid oils, but we can easily work with this! If you would like to add another oil to your cupboard, I would recommend adding Coconut Oil or Palm Kernel Oils. You can follow this link for my recommendations for basic soap making ingredients.
|Recipe in ounces:
10 ounces Olive Oil
4 ounces Avocado Oil
2 ounces Shea Butter
2.02 ounces Sodium Hydroxide for 6% Excess Fat
1 teaspoon Honey (Max amount per pound of oils used)
|Recipe in percentages:
62.5% Olive Oil
25% Avocado Oil
12.5% Shea Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide for 6% Excess Fat
*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.
Due to the current cold winter temperatures in the New England area, make this soap with a starting temperatures of approximately 130° F. Make the soap and when you cut it the next day, take a small bar or sliver off the sink and try it out!
I hope you enjoy this soap!
Thompson also requested a lip balm that would help lips in the harsh New England winters. I reformulated my current favorite lip balm that is helping my lips with the windy Beijing winter!
10% Castor Oil
25% Apricot Kernel Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
29% Shea Butter
1% Vitamin E
I hope you enjoy these recipes! I have still more formulas that I’m working on! If there is something you would like help with, please feel free to send us a message through the Contact Us page! I’m having fun with all the formulas!