Note: If you haven't made cold-processed soap before, you might consider attending a local soap-making class. That's what I did and I found it very helpful! I've also included links to some of the products I use. I am not getting paid to include these links -- I just thought they might be useful.
Equipment needed (please note material composition of equipment as lye reacts violently to some materials)
1. Prepare the lye mixture (wear safety gear here -- goggles, long sleeved shirt, mask)
16 oz distilled water into glass bottle
7.82 oz lye
Slowly pour lye into water and stir immediately w wooden spoon #1 until dissolved. Make sure not to get any lye on your skin. If this happens rinse immediately with white vinegar to neutralize the lye and then rinse with water. Note: The water heats up to about 180 degrees once the lye has been added so be careful handling the glass jar. Set aside in a safe spot and wait for lye to cool down to 98 degrees (this will take a few hours)
2. While waiting for lye to get to the right temp, grind lavender buds and oatmeal in clean coffee grinder -- approx 3 TB needed of each. Measure out essential oils (approx 55 drops or 2 TB)
3. When lye gets down to about 120 degrees, start preparing the coconut oil
Measure out 50 oz coconut oil into stainless steel pot
Heat oil to 98 degrees (heats up quickly and cools down slowly, so carefully monitor)
Both lye and oil need to get to 98 degrees or close to it (note: if lye mixture gets too cool, you can place jar in warm water to elevate the temperature)
4. Put on safety gear -- goggles, long sleeved shirt, mask (this is especially important at this stage, since mixing can cause a little splashing) Once lye and oil are the same temp, slowly pour the lye mixture into the oil while stirring with stick blender on low power. Continue blending until mixture traces (leaves a trail when drizzled across the surface). This takes anywhere from 5-15 minutes.
5. Add lavender, oatmeal and essential oils and stir w wooden spoon #2 until blended.
6. Pour mixture into wood mold (keeping safety gear on). Tamp down to eliminate any air pockets. Add toppings of lavender buds and oatmeal for decoration; cover with plastic wrap and gently press down. Remove plastic wrap and cover with wood cover and then wrap with a towel. NOTE: At this point the mixture has not completely saponified so you still need to avoid contact.
7. Leave for 24-48 hours (no peeking) -- soap needs to slowly cool down and completely saponify. After 24-48 hours, cut soap and let cure on a rack (a coated baking rack works well) for 3 weeks so that soap can harden. Makes 16 4-4.25 oz bars
Lavender Essential Oil Bath Bombs
Gather your ingredients:
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Citric Acid
1 cup epsom salts
2 tsp sweet almond oil
2 tsp Witch Hazel
10-15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (to your preference)
Dome Shaped Mold (or any shaped soap molds you have around)
Directions 1. BLEND the citric acid, epsom salts, and baking soda in a stand up mixer -- let it go for 5-10 min. This step is really important because if you don’t blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb.
2. Once you’ve blended really well, SLOWLY add the sweet almond oil with the mixer still going at medium speed. Try adding it drops at a time from your measuring spoon.
3. Add fragrance oils a few drops at a time and blend really well so that the oil is evenly distributed.
4. Now, this is the difficult part. While the mixer is still going on medium to medium/high speed, drop your witch hazel just a few drops at a time. The mixture will start looking almost like snow. Check every few seconds to see if the mixture sticks together when squished -- at that point you need to quickly start putting it in molds. If you wait too long, the mixture will get hard. If you add too much liquid, it will be too wet and start to grow/fizz.
5. Put the mixture into the molds – really cram the stuff in there.The harder you pack the bath bombs, the more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get. Wait a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours.
And there you have it! Wonderfully fragrant, relaxing bath bombs!
Little Lavender Farm 11011 NE Paren Springs Rd Dundee, Oregon 97115