Carrot Decoction 4


After completing the mushroom decoction I have decided to venture on and create a carrot decoction and ginger decoction. I have gathered my supplies and I’m ready to start cooking, first I will clean and cut up some carrots and place into a sauce pan, add water (I need at least 6 oz for the recipe), so adjust the water amount to your needs. Then I brought the mixture to a boil and turn heat down to let simmer for 20-30 minutes. As you can see in the photo the water came out a pale orange color. This will be the water portion that I will be using in making my next batch of soap. I am listing the soap recipe below and using 6 ounces of the carrot decoction that I just created.

Caution – Please make sure that you allow time for your hot decoctions to cool before you add lye to them.  

Supplies Needed:

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Lye
Water
Decoction of choice
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Gloves
Soaping Goggles
Soap mold of choice

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
62.37 grams Lye
177 mL Water/Decoction
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
2.20 oz Lye
6 fl oz Water/Decoction
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water/Decoction

I’m going to use the same soap recipe as I did when making the soap with infusions, powders, and mushroom decoction. This will give you some ideas and suggestions when you try any of the infusions, powders, or decoctions in your soap batches.

Begin by weighing the sodium hydroxide and adding it to the carrot water. Now, weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the cooled lye solution to the cooled oil mixture. Our target temperature is about 120°F because this is a small batch (1 lb). We do not want the soap to overheat and volcano out of the mold. When the temperature is reached then mix the oils and lye solution together with an immersion blender, continue mixing until trace is achieved then pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. If you want to add more or less of the decoction do a second batch so you can compare the difference and vote for your personal choice. Try a half and half mixture; or a one fourth to three fourths mixture or full amount of water could be your decoction.

I have noticed that when adding this decoction that I am getting a light pale orange color to the soap. When adding decoctions to my soap I am most interested in adding beneficial elements of the carrots into the soap and not worrying too much about a significant color change. Maybe if carrots are in my soaps it will help improve my vision? Probably not. In any event, the carrots may be added if they are mashed up after cooking. Use no more than 1 Tablespoon of carrot puree to a 1 lb fat batch when adding your cooked carrots.

Tonya

Carrots

Carrots

Blending soap to trace

Blending soap to trace

Soap with Carrot Decoction

Soap with Carrot Decoction

Carrot Decoction

Carrot Decoction

Soap w/Carrot Decoction

Soap w/Carrot Decoction

Soap with Carrot Decoction

Soap with Carrot Decoction

Mixing lye

Mixing lye

Pouring Soap into Mold

Pouring Soap into Mold

Melted Oils and Lye Mixture

Melted Oils and Lye Mixture

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4 thoughts on “Carrot Decoction

  • birdies

    Why was the mushroom decoction split in half
    when adding the lye….and the corrot is left full amount?

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    • Tina

      Different days, different moods, different techniques. You can do either. If I am worried the decoction may have a lot of plant sugars (carrots) then I generally tend to try the half and half method first. Sugars can collect into a brown, snot-like gel at the bottom of the soap. It isn’t pretty and certainly not desired. Once I test with the half and half method then I test with the full amount. I’m wanting the soap to talk to me and tell me what is OK.

      Tina

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      • birdies

        Thanks, I’ll try half and half with marshmallow root first
        since it is a syrupy consistency………I’m listeneng, soap.

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