Hot Process Australian Eucalypt and Lavender Flower Soap
This is a lightly fragranced soap that highlights the Australian Bush. It is made using the Hot Process method, as I wanted a rustic look to this soap...one that reminded me of the Australian Bush and the Blue Mountains. I chose to use Lavender flower buds rather than Lavender essential oil, as I wanted the Eucalyptus to shine, but not overpower. I have placed a link to where pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can be purchased at a very reasonable price, and where it is grown using sustainable farming methods.
First things first. Safety. Make sure your work area is uncluttered and you have your hand, eye and foot protection. It is also advisable to have some vinegar on standby incase some of the lye and water mixture gets on your skin. Vinegar neutralises the alkaline lye solution. Make sure you mix your lye and water under the exhaust fan or take it outside. You don't want to breath in the fumes. Finally, enjoy making this soap!!
You will need:
- crock pot
- digital scale
- measuring jug for weighing your water
- long handled stainless steel spoon or wooden spoon
- gloves, eye protection, long sleeves etc
- plastic containers to measure and weigh lye
- plastic bowl to measure and weigh your oils
- hand held blender
- 2kg soap mould lined with baking paper
- 1000g Soybean Oil (I use oil suitable for vegan soap)
- 5000g Olive Oil
- 500g Extra Virgin coconut oil
- 276.450g Lye (5% superfat)
- 660.0g water
- Australian Eucalyptus oil
- lavender flower buds
- Turn the crock pot onto low heat
- Measure your oils and place into the crock pot
- Weigh out your water
- Weigh your lye
- Pour the lye into the water and stir until clear
- Pour the lye/water solution slowly into your warming oils and stir gently (Note: this recipe comes to trace quickly)
- Using your hand blender, blend on slow until a medium trace is achieved
- Allow to gently cook and stir every 20 minutes or so, until your soap reaches the clear vaseline stage. See images on Hot Process Castile soap recipe.
- Pour in the pure Australian Eucalyptus oil
- stir through
- Add the lavender flower buds
- Fill your lined mould with the soap.
- Bash the soap mould so that the soap settles well and air pockets are removed.
- leave for 24 hours and un-mould.