I bought a bag of bright red cranberry seeds last year, and found them in the back of my cupboard just in time to make a Cranberry Sauce soap as my second Christmas soap for 2014. These pretty reddish bars are bright and spicy, and feature a sprinkling of pretty cranberry seeds on top.

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These bars get their red hue from a blend of red iron oxide and Australian Pink Clay. You can really use any red clay you’ve got, though, or just use more red iron oxide, to get a red hue you’re happy with. I don’t recommend trying any botanical extracts, though, as they’re notorious for shifting to brown or black during saponification.

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For essential oils I’ve chosen orange and cinnamon, the two predominant flavours and scents in my homemade cranberry sauce every Christmas. They blend to create a bright, warm and spicy citrus scent that’s wonderfully reminiscent of the holidays.

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A sprinkle of cranberry seeds tops the bars and wraps things up. I elected not to mix the seeds into the bars as they are rather viscous looking, and I thought they’d be a bit too scratchy to be pleasant. The resulting bars are a nice, soft shade of red, lather wonderfully, and smell divine. A perfect Christmas gift, if I do say so myself.

Cranberry Sauce Soap

25% olive oil
25% coconut oil
30% tallow
15% shea butter
5% castor oil

Per 500g (1.1lbs) of oils:

Use SoapCalc to calculate your final amounts of oils, lye, and water based on the size of batch you want to make.

Follow my standard soap making instructions. Once you reach a medium trace (like pudding), blend in the clay, titanium dioxide, red iron oxide, Australian clay, and essential oils. Bring the batter back to a medium trace.

Pour the batter into your prepared mould, tapping it on the counter to knock out any air bubbles. Sprinkle the top with cranberry seeds, if using. Lightly insulate your mould and let saponify for 24 hours before slicing.

Let age for 3–4 weeks before using or gifting.

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