- by Edward J. Crain
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Self Processed Apple Cider Soap
When it comes to winter drinks, pumpkin spices can jam the coffee market, but there will always be room for hot hot cider. The warm aromas of cinnamon, cloves and allspice harmonize wonderfully with the sweet apple with sweets in this easy-to-prepare slow cooker soap. Perfect for beginner soap makers, our hot apple apple soap collects quickly and consistently, creating fragrant and richly foaming soap stands.
We used a mixture of olives, babassu and cocoa butter to form the essence of this recipe. Our hot apple-apple soap also contains a touch of moisturizing cranberry seed oil. This highly moisturizing carrier oil is perfect for overeating. Its high antioxidant value makes it fairly stable, while its unique fatty acid profile makes it an excellent moisturizer.
Bright, sweet fragrances, also called top notes, tend to fade or burn during saponification. Fruit or citrus scents are excellent examples of this. The method of the hot process allows soap makers to add these capricious flavors after in the soap process, giving them a better chance of getting into the last bar. We loved the way this method preserved the sweet and tart scent of our Winter Apple Candy fragrance oil. It smells good in our Hot Cider Soap.
If you prefer to use an all-natural product to flavor your soap, try adding a small amount of our cinnamon bark essential oil instead. Make sure you keep the essential oil content below 0.07%, as spice oils can be very irritating to the skin if used in too high a ratio.
SOAP CIDER HOT
Gives just over 1 pound of soap
7 ounces (200 grams) olive oil (Grade A)
5 Ounces (142 Grams) Organic Babassu Oil
5 Ounces (142 grams) Deodorized Cocoa Butter
.10 Ounces (3 Grams) Stearic Acid
.50 Ounces (15 Grams) Cranberry Seed Oil
.75 Ounces (21 Grams) Winter Apple Candy BBW Type Fragrance Oil
5 Ounces (142 Grams) of water
1 Ounce (30 grams) Cider, Frozen
1 Tbsp (15 ml) apple sauce
2.5 Ounces (71 grams) of Laundry
Melt stearic acid, cocoa butter and babassu in a slow cooker over high heat.
Once the oils are completely melted, heat it over low heat and all the olive oil.
Mix the water and cider, then add the lye. Cool the liquid for 30 minutes.
Slowly pour the lye water into the slow cooker, stirring gently.
Mix with a hand blender until the oils and water emulsify. Add the applesauce and continue mixing until the mixture reaches a custard-like consistency.
Cover the slow cooker with plastic wrap or put the lid on it. (Be careful, because the pot will be very hot.) Turn the heat to low temperature.
Keep an eye on the soap while it boils for the next 60 minutes. The soap will begin to climb over the walls of the pan while the cooking phase begins. If the soap rises too close to the top of the pan, gently stir it and continue cooking – otherwise let the soap boil without stirring.
At this point, the soap should appear thick and almost fluffy, like applesauce or mashed potatoes. Add cranberry seed oil and fragrance oil and add to the soap with a spatula.
Quickly pour the soap into the mold. Slide the mixture into the corners and tamp the mold several times to ensure that the soap is evenly distributed and to remove air pockets.
Leave the soap to cool and harden overnight. When the soap is firm and fresh, it must be unfolded and cut into bars. The bars can be used immediately, but will continue to harden if left to cool and harden for another seven days.
Durability and stability: please note that the formulations presented here in the Atelier of Natural Beauty have not been tested for stability or durability and may not be suitable for commercial use. For more information about shelf life, stability and working with preservatives, see the following article in our information library.