Lemongrass and Ginger Hot Process Soap Recipe
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Lemongrass and Ginger Hot Process Soap Recipe

This recipe will create approximately 3.5 pounds of soap.

Ingredients Found At Natures Garden:

Directions:

Other Ingredients & Equipment You'll Need:
Distilled Water
Crockpot
Silicone Mixing Spoon
Mixing Bowls
Stick Blender
Scale
3 lb Loaf Mold
Stove
Pots for Double Boiler (lemongrass infusion)
 
Total Recipe Amounts:
380 grams Distilled Water
134 grams Sodium Hydroxide- Lye
 
200 grams Shea Butter
150 grams Sweet Almond Oil (with infused lemongrass)
100 grams Avocado Oil
200 grams Mango Butter
250 grams Coconut Oil 76
50 grams Castor Oil
50 grams Jojoba Oil
15 grams Ginger Root Powder (mixed with a small amount of oil)
 
Lemongrass Infusion Recipe:
45 grams Lemongrass C/S
392 grams Sweet Almond Oil

Creating an Herbal Infusion:  https://www.naturesgardencandles.com/blog/herbal-infusion/
 
Note:  Although we have this recipe listed under hot process soap recipes, this recipe could be used to make cold process soap instead if you desire.  See our cold process soap 101 class for that procedure.  Same recipe, different process.
 
Note:  If this is the first time you are ever attempting the process of making soap, please review these classes to familiarize yourself with the processes. http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/item/00soapsafe/-Soap-Making-Safety.html
http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/soapoils.pdf
 
Step 1:  Prior to beginning this recipe, you will need to create a lemongrass infusion.  We infused our cut and sifted lemongrass in sweet almond oil.  The sweet almond oil with lemongrass infusion was then used in this recipe.  If you are unfamiliar with the infusion process, click here to learn about the process we used.
 
Step 2:  Once you have prepared your infusion, you are ready to begin.  Clean & Sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, a face mask, safety glasses, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.
 
Step 3:  In one bowl, weigh out the appropriate amounts of the shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, mango butter, coconut oil 76, castor oil, and jojoba oil. 
 
Step 4:  Turn your crockpot on low heat.  Place all of your oils and butters into the crockpot.  Heat this until all of the ingredients are in a liquid state. 
 
Step 5:  While your ingredients are melting, weigh out your lye and water.  Additionally, weigh out the ginger root powder and mix it with enough sweet almond oil to create a paste consistency.  Finally, weigh out your fragrance oil.
 
Step 6:  Prepare your lye solution.  Slowly add small amounts of the lye to the water, stirring in between the addition of the lye to the water.  NEVER add the water to the lye!
 
Step 7:  Slowly add the lye solution to the crockpot.  Stir slowly.
 
Step 8:  Grab your stick blender and start to blend the mixture in the crockpot.  Using a stick blender, stir the mixture until the mixture reaches trace.  This will appear almost as if it has the same consistency as pudding.  You will know that it is truly trace when you are able to use the mixture to draw a "line", and watch as the mixture leaves a trace of the line you just made.
 
Step 9:  At this time, with the crockpot on a low setting, place a lid on the pot and allow the soap to cook, stirring periodically.
 
Step 10:  During this step, you will notice that the mixture is beginning to dry out, especially along the sides.  The mixture will also take on more of a wax look.  Keep periodically stirring; you want to ensure that the soap mixture is cooking evenly and the mixture doesn’t scorch. 
 
Step 11:  Once your mixture starts to appear as if it is mashed potatoes, it is time to prepare your mold.  This cooking time will vary, this is all dependent upon your crockpot, but this usually takes about an hour. 
 
Step 12:  While stirring the mixture add the ginger root powder and fragrance oil.  Continue to stir until everything is fully blended.
 
Step 13:  Ensure that your mold is on a flat surface.  Then, in a scooping manner, start to fill the mold.
 
Step 14:  Once all of your cavities of the mold are filled, you will want to hit the mold against the countertop.  Performing this step will release any bubbles of air that may be trapped in your soap mixture. 
 
Step 15:  Cover your soap.  Once the soap is covered, it is time to let it cool and harden.  This generally takes about 12 hours or so.
 
Step 16:  Once your soap is completely cooled and hardened, it is time to pop the soap out of the mold.  Next, cut the soap loaf using your mitre box and cutter for mitre box.  It is now ready to use!  For harder bars of soap, allow soap to cure longer.
 
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