Coconilla Dreams Cold Process Soap Recipe
(you’ll see why!)
454 grams Crisco (if you want the recipe in ounces divide quantities by 28.35)
43 grams castor oil
200 grams creamed coconut butter (you can get this at a Middle-Eastern or Caribbean shop)
40 grams coconut oil
283 grams soybean oil
Melt fats and strain (the creamed coconut butter has tiny bits of coconut or leave if you want an exfoliant). This mixture will smell great and turn a waxy beige colour. Set aside.
Mix (taking all necessary precautions):
137 grams of lye crystals
350 milliliters of water (use a measuring cup)
1 tsp of salt (dissolved in the water before lye is added)
When the temperature of fats and lye is between 115 and 120, pour lye mixture into fats and stir gently. When you get to a light trace, add:
40 grams stearic acid
50 grams sweet almond oil
Continue to stir until it thickens a little more (not heavy trace yet). Then add:
175 grams of coconut milk (be prepared for a disgusting stench here!)
Bring the mix to a heavy trace, I use a stick blender for a few minutes. Pour into primary mold, cover and wrap in blanket. After 24 hours unwrap and uncover and let dry for 2 more days. Remove from mold and cut into bars.
I added no EOs or FOs because I wanted to see if the coconut smell would survive the lye, to my surprise (after drying a bit) the soap looks and smells like vanilla fudge (hence the coconilla). In fact, if I did not know it was soap I would want to eat it. It looks beautiful!
I was thinking I will try it with patchouli next time, the vanillish scent and the patchouli would be very yummy together. I would add probably 0.4 oz of patchouli per 500 grams of soap. HAPPY SOAPING!
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