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Calendula soap is a healing bar of soap for soothing dry, rough skin. Terrific after a day of working in the garden or for use during the dry winter months when hands tend to become chapped.

DIY Calendula Soap for Soothing Dry, Rough Skin

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours + 3 weeks curing
  • Yield: 9 5-oz bars 1x
  • Category: soap
  • Method: cold process

Description

Calendula soap is a healing bar of soap for soothing dry, rough skin. Terrific after a day of working in the garden or for use during the dry winter months when hands tend to become chapped.


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Ingredients

Water/Lye Portion

  • 300 ml calendula flower tea (use ¼ cup calendula blossoms and 2 cups of water)
  • 150 grams of sodium hydroxide (lye)

Oil portion:

  • 500 grams of coconut oil
  • 300 grams olive oil or herb infused olive oil
  • 200 grams sunflower oil

Essential oils (2%)


Instructions

  • While wearing safety goggles and rubber gloves, weigh the lye on a paper plate.
  • Add lye to cooled tea in a glass measuring cup. The lye will heat up the tea and release caustic fumes. Do not breathe in the fumes.
  • Stir the lye in the cup of tea with a wooden spoon to completely dissolve all lye crystals. Allow the lye solution to reduce in temperature to 100°F to 105°F.

Meanwhile,

  • Measure the oils in an 8 cup glass measuring cup. Place the glass measuring cup in a warm place or in the microwave to fully melt the oils.
  • Remove the oils from the heat when some of the oils remain solid and are floating on the top of the oil.
  • Stir the oils to melt the remaining oils using the residual heat. Allow the oils to cool to 100°F to 105°F.
  • When both the oil and the lye are cooled to 100°F to 105°F, pour the lye solution into the liquid oils.
  • Use a stick blender to blend the lye solution and the oils together.  Continue stirring your calendula soap until the mixture reaches a thin trace.

At this point,

  • stir in the essential oils that you are using.
  • Continue blending with a stick blender until the soap is well blended and a trail of soap dripped on the surface of the soap, remains on the surface.  Just a few more minutes after trace.
  • Pour the soap recipe into a prepared mold. Scrape the sides of the bowl to get as much of the soap as possible into the mold.
  • Cover the soap with plastic wrap or a lid, and allow it to set completely, typically overnight.
  • Keep the soap warm by wrapping the mold in a towel.

Notes

Calendula soap will go through a gel phase indicative of saponification. Leave the soap overnight to complete saponification. In the morning remove the soap from the molds and cut into bars. Stack the bars on a flat surface to cure for 3 to 6 weeks before packaging it.

Keywords: calendula, soap

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