This is day 20 of my 30 day blogging challenge. My goal this month is to post one recipe every day. These recipes feature natural colorants and additives and are scented using natural essential oil blends.

Citrus Peppermint Cold Process Soap

They will all fit into a 10″ silicone loaf mold (affiliate link–P5199.aspx?bb=5) from Bramble Berry. So let’s get started!

orange illite clay

Featured Ingredients:

Orange Illite Clay – I saw this clay on and wanted to try it. I love clay in soap. According to their website, this clay is “Useful on oily, tired and sensitive skin. Contains higher levels of iron, calcium, magnesium. Thought to help oxygenating and detoxifying the skin due to the naturally high levels of minerals found in the clay. Soft smooth texture when wet.”

As you can see it turns a bit of a salmon/pink color in CP Soap. 

Citrus Peppermint Cold Process Soap

Coconut oil – 12 oz.
Mango butter – 3 oz.
Olive oil – 10 oz.
Sunflower oil – 4 oz.
Castor oil – 3 oz.

Lye – 4.6 oz.
Water – 9 oz.

Orange Illite Clay – 1 teaspoon

Essential Oil Blend:
Orange Essential Oil – 20 grams
Litsea Essential Oil – 20 grams
Grapefruit Essential Oil – 10 grams
Peppermint Essential Oil – 10 grams

Basic Soapmaking Process:

New to soapmaking? Visit our basic tutorial here.

Step 1 – Wearing safety gear, weigh out the lye and water into two separate containers.

Step 2 – Pour the lye into the water while stirring. Place in a safe place and let cool while you prepare the oils.

Step 3 – Weigh out the hard oils/butters and melt.

Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils into the melted oils/butters. This helps cool the oils down.

Step 5 – Add essential oils and additives to the melted oils. Stick-blend to get rid of clumps if any occur.

Step 6 – Once both the lye solution and oils have cooled to under 100° F, add the lye solution to the oils and mix to trace. Be sure to wear goggles and gloves!

Step 7 – Pour the soap into your mold.

Step 8 – Unmold, cut and cure your soap for at least 8 weeks.

Happy Soaping!

Amanda Gail