2.04.2013

sweet orange, honey and oats

I'm still trying to come up with a palm free recipe that I'm satisfied with.  I was looking at a couple of older recipes I did in the past and realized I wouldn't make them again.  One batch was a little too soft for my liking...the other batch was plenty hard, but I used a lot of cocoa butter and the soap left a waxy feeling on my skin. 

I did some tweaking and came up with two more recipes (one of them I haven't made yet, I just have the recipe printed out).  Here is the first one...I used cocoa butter again, but cut the amount in half.  I'm hoping this turns out to be a good one!



For the scent, I used sweet orange essential oil.  For oils and butters, I used olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, cocoa butter, castor and shea butter.  I also added in 2 teaspoons honey, 1.5 teaspoons white kaolin clay and 1 teaspoon ground oats. 

12 comments:

  1. I have tried several times palm oil free soaps, they are nice!
    I just love sweet orange essential oil in soap,so yammy! Your soaps looks delicious,Kalla, love the ingredients you used!

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    1. Thanks Natalia! Sweet orange essential oil is a "must have" for me, I like it so much...and if I ever want to sweeten up a scent, it's usually sweet orange EO that I add. :)

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  2. Your soap looks so smooth and creamy. I'll bet it smells great too!

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    1. Thank you, SoapArt! It smells delicious :)

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  3. What a nice combination of ingredients Kalla, such a creamy looking soap too!

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    1. Thanks, Cee! It'll be interesting once I use it to see how creamy it feels, with the butters in there!

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  4. Hi!! Wait to go for plugging ahead with no-palm. I remember my experimenting at first when I made the same decision!! I find clays help harden soaps, but honey can keep it soft so if this recipe is a little soft, it may be awesome without the honey. Let us know how your no-palm experimenting gets on!! xo Jen

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    1. Thanks Jennifer...I'll get it down one of these days, I'm not giving up, lol! I heard clay is supposed to help keep essentials oils from fading, but didn't know they helped harden. Good to know on the honey, too...thanks for the tips! I will definitely update on my experimenting! :)

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  5. If you want to increase the bar hardness without using p.o. you can try beeswax,if you haven't yet. It inhabits the lather,so should be added at really small amounts (1%). And it makes good label appeal. Also,sodium-lactate works for hardness. I still cannot find SL,but I'm sure I will love it,once I get it.
    Anyway,I hope your recipe will work for you, sounds so creamy,buttery and conditioning!

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    1. I hope this recipe works too..thanks! I haven't tried using beeswax yet..or sodium lactate. I have beeswax on hand, but I guess I'm just nervous to try it in CP...I worry about not getting it incorporated well.

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  6. Beautiful soaps, Kalla! Orange and honey sound wonderful together.

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    1. Thank you Jenny! They sounded like a good combo...I just knew I had to add something else besides just making a plain, orange scented soap...honey sounded right! :)

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