Sure to be a hit with community gardeners and do-it-yourselfers everywhere! We found that our own hands were often dirtied or damaged by our various physical activities, so we created a soap that cleanses, “scrubs,” and repairs. It was originally intended for gardeners, but we put it to the test and found it works not just for scrubbing away dirt but also for removing paint, oil, and grease (yup, we’ve got lots of different hobbies!).
So here’s a recipe for a soap that will delight all the gardeners you know, to be made and shared at every opportunity!
How to make hand’s soap?
- 350 g (37.54%) of olive oil
- 125 g (13.41%) of coconut oil
- 125 g (13,41%) of palm oil
- 88 g (9.44%) of sodium hydroxide
- 123 g (13.19%) of demineralized water
- 25 g (2.68%) of tamanu oil
- 25 g (2.68%) of neem oil
- 0,12 g (0.01%) of rosemary oleoresin
- 0,5 g (0.05%) of green oxide
- 0,7 g (0.08%) of yellow oxide
- 40 g (4.29%) of powdered pumice stone
- 8 g (0.86%) of wintergreen essential oil
- 22 g (2.4%) of orange essential oil
- Protective soapmaking gear
- Scales, accurate to 1 g and 0.01 g
- 1 large Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot (with a minimum capacity of 500 ml) for the sodium hydroxide solution
- 1 pot for weighing the sodium hydroxide
- Pipettes for the essential oils
- Large stainless steel bowls
- 1 thermometer
- Measuring funnel pitchers (900 ml)
- 1 immersion blender
- Several spoons
- 1 silicone spatula
- Soap mold
Steps to follow
- Take the necessary precautions for using sodium hydroxide safely. Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution (measure sodium hydroxide and water separately; pour the sodium hydroxide into the water, contained in a Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot; mix together) and leave to cool.