November 07, 2011

Shea Butter Soap

Shea Butter Guest Soaps
Inspired by a simple recipe in The Everything Soapmaking Book, I custom-make my soaps with moisturizing shea butter and beeswax for its emolliency. I love the luxurious lather, that is creamy and silky at the same time.

Shea Butter Soap
10 oz. light olive oil
6 oz. coconut oil
1 T. shea butter
6 fl. oz. water
2.25 oz. lye (NaOH)
1 T. fragrance oil (optional: I highly recommend Brambleberry's Fresh Zucchini Flower)

Technique: cold process
Target temps: 110–150°F (higher temp* if using beewax or small molds)
Mold requirements: 3 cup capacity
Time in molds: 48+ hrs
Time to maturity: 4 weeks

Final Results: 16 guest-size moisturizing bars
Color: creamy white
Aroma: softly floral
Lather: low

*High temperature encourages faster trace. Hand whisk to ensure complete emulsification/thorough saponification. Have simple molds ready. If you use a stick blender and wind up with a heavy trace, the batter may be too thick in detailed molds.


Bees For Sale said...

Very neat! Where did you get the moulds with the bee logo made up?

HB said...

@Bees For Sale The mold is also from Brambleberry. I hope you have something similar in the UK. They are a great resource for soapmakers.

Bees For Sale said...

Thanks for the info! I'm sure we must have something similar over here. I'll get researching! Cheers!

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