I set out to make a Halloween soap last year, but it just didn’t happen. Whoops. This year, however, I’m on it. I thought Tigger Soap sounded nice—orange and black stripes, but something playful and fun instead of creepy and scary. Well, inasmuch as a bar of soap can be creepy and/or scary… whatever. I feel like this is the kind of soap that kids could get excited about (again, inasmuch as kids actually care about soap, but humour me here), and hey, I like it, so that’s that.
The orange stripes get their colour from buriti oil. It’s a bright orange carrier oil that supposedly has a host of benefits and what not, but I’ve never really liked it for anything other than its colour in soap (mostly because its colour in anything else is quite overpowering).
The dark stripes come from some dark clay, cinnamon, and blackstrap molasses, adding a bit of exfoliation and overall awesomeness. The soap smells of orange and gingerbread, so it is perfectly warm and spicy for autumn.
Tigger Soap (Halloween Soap)
35% olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
25% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
20% lard or beef tallow
15% avocado oil
5% castor oil (USA / Canada)
5 or 6% superfat
Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:
- 10g cinnamon bark essential oil
- 10g orange essential oil
- 5g clove bud essential oil
- 5g ginger essential oil
- 2 tsp white kaolin clay (USA / Canada)
- 1–2 tbsp buriti oil (or red & yellow iron oxides to make orange)
- 2 tsp rhassoul clay (or other brownish clay)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2–3 tsp blackstrap molasses
Follow standard soap making procedure. Because of the blackstrap molasses in this soap, you need to let both the lye water and the melted oils settle down to room temperature before combining. When you reach a fairly thick trace, add the essential oils. Divide the soap in half.
Stir the white kaolin clay (USA / Canada) and buriti oil into one half.
Stir the rhassoul clay, ground cinnamon, and blackstrap molasses into the remaining half of the soap. You may need to warm the molasses a little to get it to pour, but do not let it get hot or the batch can curdle. Slowly drizzle it over the soap and stir it in. Don’t add too much at once and work slowly!
Swirl the two halves together in the mould.
Let saponify for 24 hours, slice, and let age at least 3 weeks.
I just love your site and the common sense recipes you share with us.
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Thanks for reading, Helena! 🙂
The soaps look like fun! I really appreciate you sharing your interests with us!
Thanks, Elle! 🙂
Tiger soap dose indeed sound nice! It also looks great, as all of your soaps that you blog about. Thanks for sharing the idea!
Thanks! And thanks for reading 😀 (And I’ve just creeped through your website a bit, and you’ve got some great advice & recipes up there, so I’ll be back!)
It looks like you made a pretty tigger-ific soap. The Tigger himself would be honored. And if anything could make kids excited about soap, it would be Winnie-the-Pooh themed soap. 🙂
Hahah, thanks Lisa 🙂 Perhaps I shall take some bars down to the playground and do an informal survey? That wouldn’t look weird at all, a stranger wandering around with a bar of soap talking to random children… 😛
I love your idea’s and recipes, but I wanted to see if you would post a video, like a tutorial for this particular soap “Tigger”? It would be so helpful for me with two right thumbs, Lol Thank you and thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!
Thanks for reading, Cindi! I have thought about videos (my boyfriend actually works as a professional videographer), but simply haven’t had the time. Videos are a craaaazy huge time investment (and money, if you want good equipment & lights and stuff). Not only does that actual DIY take 10x as long to do when filming is involved (bloopers & technical stuffs), but then there’s the editing. We shot a video for a face mask once and it took 4+ hours to film (and a face mask generally takes 20 minutes, start to finish!). So yes, it’s on the list, but not right now. Sigh. I need more days in my week! In the mean time, check out YouTube for some helpful soap DIY videos—I’m sure there are many 🙂
Miss Marie, your soap recipes are awesome!!! After weeks of research, I’m excitedly making my first batch of soap this week. I can’t wait to follow some your recipes exactly but for now I’m hoping you can help me tweak them a bit. You see, I’m making them as Christmas gifts for a vegan friend of mine. So, of course the lard is out, and I refuse to support the palm industry… How would you alter soap recipes in this situation? I know the bars won’t be as good without the tallow. I just need the next best solution.
I chat about this here—hopefully that’ll get you sorted 🙂
This is a GREAT sounding recipe! I was wondering though, where do you get the buriti oil? Neither Saffire Blue or NDA carry it.
Hmm… it looks like NDA discontinued buriti oil. I guess that’s not all that surprising, it was a rather odd oil that I’ve never been able to use for anything but soap dye. They do carry an orange natural dye now, though, and the reviewers have good things to say, so I bet that would make a good replacement 🙂
Very cute idea with the Tigger soap. I might have to try something like this for my little one. I was curious: have you ever used activated charcoal to create a black and/or gray soap?
Thanks, Virginia 🙂 Working with activated charcoal is on my list, and trust me, it’s a loooong list 😛 I have used coffee to make a dark grey/brown soap, though.
Does the Buriti Oil’s yellow color fade over time (within 6-8 weeks)? I am considering purchasing some for this soap, but if it fades, I will save my money. Thanks!
It does fade, but not over 6–8 weeks; some of the soaps I made 5 years ago have gone from vibrant orange to yellow in that time.