I can’t believe it either, but it’s time for Valentine’s Day soap already. Yipes! I actually made this soap back in December to have time to let it age before taking pictures—I imagine this is what it’s like to work in the print publishing business. Christmas catalogue proofs in August and what not. Anyhow, I digress. This lovely pink & white soap is great for Valentine’s Day, but lovely all year round. This is the first recipe I used with my new circular silicone soap mould, too, so that’s exciting (I do love round soaps).

14-01-12-pic13

14-01-12-pic12

After I made my Vinolia recreation soap I became quite enamoured with the rose & lemon scent combination, and decided to branch out. I went with pink grapefruit essential oil instead of lemon for a similar (but not too strong) bright citrus note. I did use a rose fragrance oil (I would have needed about $400 of rose essential oil for this recipe), but you’re welcome to use the real stuff if you’ve just won the lottery or something.

14-01-12-pic01
14-01-12-pic02
14-01-12-pic03

The soap gets its colour from three places. The creamy whiteness is thanks to some titanium dioxide (with a bit of help from kaolin clay), and the pink is from a small scoop of Australian Pink Clay.

14-01-12-pic04
14-01-12-pic05
14-01-12-pic06

Rose & Pink Grapefruit Valentine’s Soap

20% olive oil
20% rice bran oil (or olive oil)
25% coconut oil
15% shea butter
15% lard
5% castor oil

5% superfat (aka 5% lye discount)

Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:

Calculate your recipe using SoapCalc to get your final, finite amounts of the fats, lye, and water.

Follow standard soap making procedure. At trace add the essential/fragrance oils, kaolin clay, and titanium dioxide. Use an immersion blender to thoroughly blend the powders into the soap (otherwise you will have little clumps).

Pour half the soap into your mould. Add the Australian Pink Clay (or your red/pink colourant of choice) to the remaining soap and blend it in. Pour the remaining soap into your mould. Swirl, if desired.

Let saponify for 24 hours before un-moulding and slicing. Let cure for a minimum of three weeks before using. Enjoy & happy Valentine’s Day!

14-01-12-pic07
14-01-12-pic08
14-01-12-pic10
14-01-12-pic11
14-01-12-pic15
14-01-12-pic17

Did you enjoy this post? Take a second to support Humblebee & Me on Patreon!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This