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.
- 300 ml calendula flower tea (use ¼ cup calendula blossoms and 2 cups of water)
- 150 grams of sodium hydroxide (lye)
- 500 grams of coconut oil
- 300 grams olive oil or herb infused olive oil
- 200 grams sunflower oil
Essential oils (2%)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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