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Experience Waves of Wonder with this soap recipe!

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This soap recipe is a real eye-catcher

Some things in nature capture our attention, and it’s almost impossible to tear our gaze away. Such hypnotic marvels inspired Waves of Wonder: a multi-coloured soap that evokes the perpetual movement of waves. Who hasn’t been fascinated by the whirling, breaking water? Now you can recreate this effect with our cold process soap recipe.

This homemade soap hypnotizes not only with its swirling pattern but also with its citrusy, floral scents. Get ready to embark on a voyage of the senses with every lather. Intended for body use, Waves of Wonder gently washes and cares for your skin, while leaving a delicate scent.

Which captivating colour option will you choose? Or maybe you’ll create your own Waves of Wonder with unique, alluring hues?!

How to make your own soap?

Before you begin

You’ll notice that there’s no mention of superfatting in the list of ingredients or steps. That’s because we decided to create superfatting in this recipe by reducing the amount of NaOH. It’s another technique to make cold process soap with its own advantages!

In creating this homemade soap recipe we had a bit of fun and came up with not one but three different soaps! And so there are three different palettes of three colours each. We encourage you to give your imagination free rein with this recipe. You can tint your soap to your liking and according to the colourants you have on hand!

Ingredients

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Sodium hydroxide solution

Essential oil mixture

Trippy Zebrafish

Colour 1
Colour 2
Colour 3

Sand and Sea

Colour 1
Colour 2
Colour 3

Sea Foam Swell

Colour 1
Colour 2
Colour 3

Tools

Good to know!

If you want one of your layers to be very white, we recommend that you replace the neem oil with a lighter oil, such as sweet almond, sunflower, apricot kernel, or sesame, among others. To learn more, see our article on making white soap.

Steps to follow

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace
  2. Take the necessary precautions for handling sodium hydroxide safely
  3. Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution: measure the water and sodium hydroxide separately; pour the sodium hydroxide into the water, contained in a Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot; mix together and leave to cool.
  4. In a ramekin, weigh the essential oils and mix together.homemade soap recipe
  5. In the other three ramekins, weigh the colourants for colours 1, 2, and 3.
  6. Weigh the coconut oil and kokum butter in a large stainless steel bowl. Melt this mixture in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat, and add the olive, castor, grapeseed, and neem oils. Let cool.
  7. In the three measuring funnel pitchers, dissolve colours 1, 2, and 3 in a little bit of the oil mixture made in step 5. Crush the colourant granules with a silicone spatula to avoid clumping.how to make soap with lye
  8. When the sodium hydroxide solution and oil mixture have both cooled to a temperature of 30-35ºC, add the sodium hydroxide to the oils. Mix well with an immersion blender.
  9. At light trace, pour the essential oils into the sodium hydroxide/oil mixture. Mix well.handmade soap with essential oil
  10. Divide the soap batter into the three measuring funnel pitchers (containing your colourants) in the following proportions: 500 ml into the pitcher for colour 1, 400ml into colour 2, and 400 ml into colour 3.
  11. Mix the batter for colour 1 with the help of the immersion blender, until all of the additives are fully incorporated into the soap. Rinse the blender and repeat for colour 2, then colour 3. Be sure to rinse well between colours to prevent transferring.
  12. When it has reached medium trace, pour the batter for colour 1 into the mold.
  13. Insert the separator into the mold on a slight diagonal.
  14. When the soap batters for colours 2 and 3 have reached medium trace, take the pitcher of colour 2 and pour along the full length of the separator. Then, gently pour a thin layer of colour 3. Continue to alternate layers of colours 2 and 3 until both batters have been used up. Between pours, tap the bottom of the mold against your work surface 2-3 times so that the batter slides into place and creates the desired pattern.
  15. When all your soap layers are poured, create zigzags on the surface using the stem of the thermometer.
  16. Cover the soap for 24-48 hours.
  17. Wear gloves to unmold. Cut soap and leave to cure in a cool, dry place for 4-6 weeks.

Use and conservation

This soap recipe is formulated for all skin types.

Made in optimal sanitary conditions, this decorative soap will keep for approximately 12 months.

 

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