Today we are making Apple Crisp Cold Process Soap. This creamy lather soap is a delightful fall blend of crisp apple, cinnamon, and clove. This recipe is cold process soap from scratch. This recipe is for advanced soap makers as it requires the use of very dangerous chemicals that, if mishandled, can cause severe burns or death. If you are new to soap making and wish to learn how to make cold process soap from scratch, please call us for class locations in your area. If you are a beginner soap maker, we recommend starting with our melt and pour soap recipes.
These use the very safe Crafter’s Choice Melt and Pour Soap Bases, and allow you to creatively make soap without using dangerous chemicals. Before we get started you may want to pause the video here and print the written recipe and ingredient list from the website WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com Creating this product takes six simple steps: Prep. Base. Additives.
Mold. Package. Label.
Now, let’s get started. Prepare for the project. Gather the ingredients and equipment. Create a safe workspace that is clean and secluded from children & pets. We recommend wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, an apron, goggles, rubber gloves, a mask and a hair net. This is an advanced recipe designed for soapmakers who understand the potential dangers of working with sodium hydroxide.
We will not outline safety methods for working with dangerous chemicals. It is expected that you are an experienced soap maker that understands how to handle lye. First we will prepare our lye water, which is needed for our base.
In a large bowl add ten point six four ounces of water. Gently and slowly stir in three point nine six eight ounces of sodium hydroxide flakes until the flakes are completely dissolved. It is imperative to do this step in a well-ventilated area. We have chosen to do this outside. Set aside in a safe place and allow to cool. Next we will prepare our oils and butter, which is the other component to our base.
In a second large bowl, add eight ounces of coconut oil, six ounces of sweet almond oil, four ounces of palm oil, two ounces of avocado oil, two ounces of castor oil, four ounces of shea butter, and two ounces of cocoa butter. Melt the oils and butters. We are using a microwave, but you may melt on low heat if you prefer. We are nearly ready to make our soap base.
Check the temperature of the lye water mixture and the oils and butters mixture. When both are about the same temperature you are ready to mix them to create the soap base. Slowly pour the lye water into the oils and butters mixture. Place a stick blender in the mixture and lightly tap against the bowl to allow trapped air to escape. Mix until the soap reaches a light trace.
Carefully remove the stick blender and place on a safe and protected surface. To beautify our soap we will add fragrance and color. Add one point seven five ounces of Apple Jack N’ Peel Fragrance Oil and mix well. Next we will add color to half our soap. Move half the mixture to another bowl. For a rustic look, add half a teaspoon of bath bomb red powder color directly to the mixture and stir.
If you prefer a smoother look, mix color with oil prior to adding to the mixture. We are ready to mold our soap. Alternate pouring the white and red mixtures in the mold.
Evenly sprinkle a layer of copper sparkle mica powder between layers. Once all the soap is in the mold, you can play with the top of the mixture to give it a unique design. Finish by sprinkling the top with a thin layer of the copper mica. Allow the soap to harden overnight. We recommend lightly covering the soap with plastic wrap and carefully insulating the sides of the loaf with towels.
The next day, unmold and cut the soap into one-inch slices. Allow the soap to cure for four to six weeks. When soap has reached the proper pH level, we can package the slices. Package the soap by leaving as is, placing in a soapbox or by shrink wrapping it.
If you choose to shrink wrap, be sure to leave room for the soap to ventilate. If you plan to sell your soap, don’t forget to add a label. Include the product name, net weight size, directions for use, ingredients in descending order of predominance, company name, and contact information.
Share your soap with others! It makes a great thank you gift for teachers, hostesses, and postal workers. You can even start your own business making products like this.