Saturday, August 10, 2013

Calendula Shaving Soap

I wanted to match a shaving soap that was really nourishing to the skin. This recipe not only has bentonite clay (for the slip, while shaving), it also includes colloidal oatmeal (which is just oatmeal that has been ground to a fine powder), and calendula-infused olive oil. I will talk about calendula in my next post.

For a 1 lb batch
8 oz Olive Oil (Pomace) infused with Calendula petals
2.4 oz Coconut Oil
2.4 oz Grapeseed Oil
3.2 oz Vegetable Shortening

1 TBSP Juniper Berries
2 tsp Bentonite Clay
2.5 tsp Colloidal Oatmeal

Pine E.O., Eucalytus E.O., Tea Tree Oil E.O. (Some nice manly scents!)

Gathering ingredients

Melting the oils together

Infusing juniper berries

Measuring colloidal oatmeal 

Measuring bentonite clay
All melted and ready to mix with lye

Getting lye mixture ready

Mixing up soap

Mixing a little bit of soap with clay and oatmeal
(this ensures it will mix evenly without over-mixing the whole batch)

Essential oils were added and the soap was poured into molds with a little Calendula for decoration.

A couple days later...

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