Things at our house are beginning to look a little bit like Christmas! Not a lot yet, because I’m not one for getting out the Christmas decorations until AFTER Thanksgiving.
There are a few Christmasy smells around here though and some sparkles and swirls, because now is the time I’ve been busy making some Christmas soaps, lotions, and bath salts.
Today I will share with you the making of my Holiday Spice soap, it is delectable!
I make my soaps with palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil, for their excellent moisturizing and lathering capabilities. I start with clean sanitized utensils, and my trusty kitchen scale. Everything has to be measured out accurately.
When you have all of your ingredients out, your lye, oils, scents and other fun things you want to add, and everything is measured, the first thing you need to do is melt your solid oils.
You should wear rubber gloves for this part, but if any splashes on you, vinegar will stop the burn. Always have a bottle of vinegar near by.
After the hard oils have melted, I add my olive oil, and pour the oils into my plastic soap bucket. AKA ice cream pail.Now there is a waiting game, the oils and lye solution have to both be from 90 to 110 degrees. I use a kitchen thermometer designated for this purpose.
This will help your soap get done much faster, unless you don’t mind stirring for hours on end. With the stick blender it can take only 5 to 10 minutes.
I also sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon for looks, and texture. Once your additions have been thoroughly mixed in, you can pour. Sometimes cinnamon oil can make to soap become thick very fast, so be aware of this, and move quickly.
Leaving it for 24 hours, you can then unwrap, unmold, and slice into about 10 or 11 slices. Here is the final result, and it smells awesome!
and its luxurious, and good for your skin. No chemicals or funny sounding ingredients. After saponification takes place there is no lye in your finished soap. You should however let it cure for at least four weeks, this is why I started my Christmas soaps the beginning of November!
So yes, it is beginning to look (and smell) a little like Christmas around here, and getting more so all the time!