What Is Cold Process Soap Making?
Lemongrass Soap Ingredients & Equipment
As for equipment, we need a few special kitchen appliances, including a large stainless steel pan or double boiler, digital thermometer, digital kitchen scale, milk frother, and an immersion blender. It’s also good to purchase a silicone soap mold in advance, though you can always improvise.
For personal safety, wear protective eyewear, latex or rubber gloves to protect your skin, and make sure to tie your hair back, if necessary. There are certain risks involved in working with lye and high-temperature ingredients; we always recommend you measure out your ingredients and prepare your equipment beforehand to ensure a smooth experience.
Step 1: Combine Your Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter
Measure out your solid portions with a digital scale, then combine your solid oils in the stainless steel pan. Next, mix your liquid oil together in a jug or other glass container.
Save one tablespoon of your olive or canola oil for colouring purposes (We recommend olive for its subtle, natural green). In a glass, combine this one tablespoon with mineral powder. Use your milk frother to blend until fully combined, then set aside the coloured mixture for later use.
Step 2: Create Your Lye Solution
Step 3: Heat & Mix Your Oils
Step 4: Check The Temperature
Step 5: Bring Your Solution To "Trace"
Step 6: Add Lemongrass Essential Oil
Step 7: Insulation & Cooling
Step 8: The Long Wait
For the last step of our soap recipe, pop your soap loaf out of the mold, then measure and cut it into even bars with a sharp kitchen knife. Space out your bars on a wire rack or sheet of parchment paper, in an aerated location with no direct sunlight. Now we have the hard part: leave your soap alone for a month. This will “cure” the soap, as any remaining water evaporates, strengthening the scent and colour of your bars.
Finally, after four long weeks, your soap is ready to use. To preserve that fresh lemon scent, seal your bars in a separate container. Don’t be discouraged if the recipe doesn’t turn out; it’s normal to make a few mistakes on your first batch, and your next batch will always be a little better! Good luck!