The charcoal soap recipe that we will be using including all the
ingredients and proportions:

Olive Oil = 21.5 Ounces (40% of total oils)

Coconut Oil (76 Degree) = 10.5 Ounces (20% of total oils)

Palm Oil (Sustainable Source) = 10.5 Ounces (20% of total oils)

Avocado Oil = 8 Ounces (15% of total oils)

Castor Oil = 2.65 ounces (5% of total oils)

Activated Charcoal Powder = 2 tablespoons

Anise Essential Oil = 50 grams

Peppermint Essential Oil = 25 grams

Distilled Water = 20 ounces

lye = 7.32 ounces (207 grams)

This recipe has a 5% super-fat.

All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

Finally, below is the step by step process for making this charcoal
soap recipe. Enjoy!

Step 1)

First, we are going to create the lye solution for our batch. Measure
out 207 grams of dry lye (sodium hydroxide) into your heat and chemical
safe container. I use a simple plastic bucket.

Next, measure out 20 ounces of distilled water. These are weight ounces,
not liquid ounces here! Be sure to use distilled water as H2O with
impurities can negatively affect the saponification reaction.

Now that your two components are accurately measured out, combine them.
Pour the dry lye into the water; not the water into the lye. This is
very important as pouring the water into the lye can potentially create
a volcano affect and cause your lye solution to overflow your container
and dangerously spill everywhere! Just slowly pour the dry lye into the
water and you will be just fine! Don't forget to do this in a well
ventilated area as there will be some fumes present.

Finally, place a candy thermometer into your newly created lye solution
and set it safely off to the side for future use. We want our solution
to cool down to around 100 degrees or so for use in our charcoal soap

Step 2)

While the lye solution is cooling, the next step is to measure out and
melt down the oils in our recipe. Weigh out each oil in your stainless
steel soap pot according to the charcoal soap recipe formula as explained
above. Remember, our recipe calls for 21.5 ounces of olive oil, 10.5
ounces of coconut oil, 10.5 ounces of palm oil (sustainable source),
8 ounces of avocado oil and 2.65 ounces of castor oil.

Place your measured out oils on your cook top and melt them on a low heat.
Be sure to keep the burner as low as possible so you do not burn the oils!

Step 3)

Next, we are going to prepare the additives needed for our charcoal soap
recipe. First, measure out 2 tablespoons of your Soap Making Resource
activated charcoal powder into a container. It is important to do this now,
so that when the time comes, the charcoal is ready to be added to the batch.

Next, weigh out your essential oils. For today's blend, we will be blending
50 grams of anise essential oil and 25 grams of peppermint essential oil.
This spicy and minty essential oil blend is one of my favorite 2 oil
combinations. You will love it, and I really think the scent fits the black
and white color produced by our charcoal soap recipe. I always recommend that
you measure out your essential oils in separate bowls and then combine them
together. This way, if you accidentally over-measure, you will be able to
remove the excess essential oil from its bowl. This obviously would not be
possible if you were combining them together as you are measuring.

By the way, why are we measuring in grams here? Well, I think it is a bit too
difficult to accurately measure such a small amount of product using ounces.
For instance, 50 grams of anise essential oil equates to 1.763698099034336
ounces. I don't know of any scale that would measure to such an extreme
decimal! When you want to measure accurately, measure in grams. With essential
oil blends, I want to be as accurate as possible so I can perfectly duplicate
the scent if I need to make another batch.

Step 4)

While you were measuring out your activated charcoal powder and preparing your
essential oil blend, your oils have probably completely melted. Next, we need
to lower the temperature of our oils to around 100 degrees. I like to speed up
this process by placing my hot oils in a sink filled with ice water. At this
point, if your lye solution is still too warm, you can place it in the ice water
as well.

Step 5)

At this point, our additives are prepared, our oils are melted and both the
oils and lye solution are cooled to around 100 degrees. We are finally ready
to make soap!

Charcoal Soap Recipe


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