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White Patchouli 'Superclay' Soap





I called this White Patchouli 'Superclay' Soap because it contains considerably more kaolin clay than is normally added, and let me tell you, the results are amazing! I do enjoy pushing the boundaries of perceived soaping wisdom - there's a lot of unreliable information out there, so I feel it's always worth just trying something out myself and coming to my own conclusions instead of just taking another's word for it. In this case, I found going in heavy with the clay makes a sensuously creamy bar with dense, velvety foam and I'm so impressed, I've added a version of this formula to my retail range.


For the fragrance I've used equal parts Patchouli, Cedarwood and Lavender essential oils, so you get the lightness of the lavender on the top note that wears off quickly, leaving behind the earthy, woody notes of patchouli and cedarwood lingering on your skin. Of course, you can use any fragrance you like (or none at all), though I suggest avoiding anything likely to accelerate trace, because the batter is going to thicken quickly with all the clay anyway.


Because I used so much clay, I went for the max 38% liquid component in this recipe, which is split between water and coconut milk. You could leave out the coconut milk and just replace it with water, but I love the richness coconut milk adds to a soap.


If you are unsure of the steps, you can watch the video here.


I made a loaf using 1kg of oils, so the ingredients listed here are the amounts I used to make the loaf.


THE OILS

300g Coconut Oil

500g Olive Oil

100g Shea Butter

100g Mango Butter


THE LYE

141g Sodium Hydroxide

230g Water


THE ADDITIVES

150g Coconut Milk

150g Kaolin Clay

Titanium Dioxide (optional & variable depending on how white you want your soap)

10g Sugar (mixed into the coconut milk)


THE FRAGRANCE

10g Patchouli Oil

10g Cedarwood Oil (Atlas)

10g Lavender Oil


HAPPY SOAPING AND BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF YOUR RESULTS IF YOU TRY IT!



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