This is day 19 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.
They will all fit into a 10″ silicone loaf mold (affiliate link http://www.brambleberry.com/10-Silicone-Loaf-Mold–P5199.aspx?bb=5) from Bramble Berry. So let’s get started!
Paprika – Paprika is a great natural colorant to use in soapmaking! It is made from ground peppers. You probably already have some in your cooking spices. As you can see from the picture above, it gives you a nice bright orange color. If you add it to the soap as a powder, you will get speckles and the soap will be gently exfoliating. If you infuse your oils and strain, then your soap will be nice and smooth.
Paprika Lime Cold Process Soap
Coconut oil – 12 oz.
Shea butter – 4 oz.
Olive oil – 10 oz.
Hemp Seed oil – 2 oz.
Safflower oil – 2 oz.
Castor oil – 2 oz.
Lye – 4.6 oz.
Water – 9 oz.
Paprika Powder – 2 teaspoons
Essential Oil Blend:
Lemongrass Essential Oil – 20 grams
Rosemary Essential Oil – 15 grams
Patchouli Essential Oil – 15 grams
Lime 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.