After several requests, I finally made some facial and baby soaps and decided to do a simple Marseille formula which is traditionally made with 72% olive oil. My worry was that it would be on the soft side so I combined a few tricks to make a hard bar of soap: discounted water, sodium lactate, yogurt (for some) and salt. I also placed them in a warm oven – no more than 50˚C – to ensure a full gel. I tried a higher temperature and the soaps would end up with a wrinkly surface or would have a lot of small holes.
1. Baby Powder and Unscented Goat’s Milk – the darker one is lightly scented with baby powder F.O. at 2.5% of oil weight. My normal usage rate is 4% or more for F.O.s, and 5% for E.O.s unless the scent is exceptionally strong. The baby powder-scented soap is with yogurt, while the unscented one is with Meyenberg goat’s milk powder – reconstituted with 240 grams distilled water for every 28 grams of powder.
2. Moringa Soap – I steeped 15 grams moringa powder with 300 grams olive oil for a month before using it. The infused oil turned a dark green and produced a beautiful avocado color in soap. I took the photos when the soap was about 2 weeks old. Now that it is a month old, it’s still green but a shade lighter. I have been using a bar for a few days already and I like the way it feels on my skin. It produces rich, fine, and creamy lather. The rest of the soaps in this post are Marseille soaps except for this moringa soap. It contains olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, and essential oils of rosemary, tea tree and peppermint. I also added 2.5% sugar for extra bubbles. Maya of Infusions blog also wrote about moringa soap here.
3. Dead Sea Mud – a Marseille soap with Dead Sea Mud at a little over 4% of oil weight. I added the mud to the soap batter, but next time I would like to mix it first with the oils for a smoother, less speckled appearance. Designed for oily skin, tea tree and cajeput essential oils were added. It’s interesting to note that this soap and the moringa soap, both with tea tree oil, are completely ash-free. Is it coincidence or has anyone noticed this about tea tree oil?
4. Unscented French Pink Clay – this clay is said to be the mildest and suitable for sensitive skin. I mixed into a paste 2 tsp or 6 grams of pink clay with double the amount of water into 480 grams of oils. I am really happy with the resulting salmon color.
Thank you for reading! I hope all of you are having a good, productive week. Happy soaping! 🙂