I think it’s about time we welcomed summer with a straight up summery soap (even if it is barely spring… let’s just say we’ve built in ample aging time). This pretty pink bar is a tribute to pink lemonade, and as such it smells bright and lemony.
The pink hue comes from the addition of Australian Pink Clay. I love adding clay to my soaps for added slip and cleansing power, and I especially love to take advantage of my clays for their pretty colours.
I chose five fold lemon essential oil to scent these bars, but you could also look at litsea cubeba essential oil—it’s very lemony, but cheaper, and supposedly lasts longer as well. If you have both you could also consider doing a blend of the two.
The final bars are hard, sudsy, and wonderfully fresh, with a pretty gold shimmer on top to boot. Welcome, dear summer (eventually)—you’ve been sorely missed.
Pink Lemonade Soap
Per 500g/1.1lbs of oils:
- 2 tsp sodium lactate (optional—hardens the bars)
- 1 tbsp Australian Pink Clay
- 30g | 1.05oz lemon essential oil or litsea cubeba essential oil or a blend of the two
- ¼ tsp silk peptides or a pinch of tussah silk
- 1/2 tsp gold mica
- 1/32 tsp gold mica + 1 tsp liquid oil of choice, for top swirls (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
Use SoapCalc to calculate your final amounts of oils, lye, and water based on the size of batch you want to make. (Unsure about how to use SoapCalc? I made a video to walk you through it! Please ensure you’re familiar with standard soap making procedure before diving in.)
Follow my standard soap making instructions. If using, add the sodium lactate to the lye water after it has cooled and stir to combine. If you’re using the sodium lactate I strongly encourage you let your fats and lye water come to room temperate before combining. I haven’t tried using the sodium lactate above room temperature, but I did notice a much, much faster trace than I would usually get at room temperature, and it’ll only get faster at higher temperatures.
Once the soap has reached a loose pudding-like trace, blend in the clay, essential oil, and silk. Use an immersion blender here so you can be sure all the clumps of clay are broken up, giving you a smooth bar without clay clumps in it.
Measure out about 10% of the soap batter into another container. The precise amount is terribly important, but I would err on the side of too little than too much. This is the portion of the soap we’ll be stirring the 4 dashes of gold mica into, and you’ll be surprised at how far 4 dashes doesn’t go. We’ll be swirling the two parts together so you have a gold-ish swirl through the bars; use less soap here for a more noticeable gold swirl. For reference, I made a 750g batch, used 100g of soap batter, and added 5/8 tsp of gold mica.
Stir the small amount of soap and gold mica together until smooth. Transfer the gold soap back to the pot and stir the pot very, very briefly. Perhaps one or two strokes—you want a swirl, you don’t want to start blending the two parts (remember they will continue to stir as you pour the soap into the mould).
Pour the soap into the mould. Blend the pinch of gold mica together with a bit of liquid oil (specifics don’t matter much here, just choose something that doesn’t have a strong colour) to make a shimmery liquid. Lightly drizzle this shimmery goodness over the top of the soap. Then, using a toothpick, swirl away. Once you’re happy with the swirls, discard the toothpick.
Cover the soap, lightly insulate it, and let it saponify for 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, remove the soap from the mould, cut it, and let it age for at least 3–4 weeks before using.