Avocado + Spearmint Cold Process Soap Tutorial

This all natural Avocado and Spearmint Soap is made with real avocado, spearmint essential oils and French green clay.

This all natural Avocado and Spearmint Soap is made with real avocado, spearmint essential oils and French green clay.

This all natural Avocado and Spearmint Soap is made with real avocado, spearmint essential oils and French green clay.

This recipe does contain a water discount to take into consideration the extra water that is added to the recipe. This recipe adds water in three different ways. First, 1.5 ounces of water is added to create the avocado puree. Then 2 Tbs. (about 1 ounce) of water is added to the clay to help create a dispersion. In addition, the avocado itself contains water. It’s tricky to know for sure how much water the 3 ounces of avocado contains, so I estimated about .5 ounces. That’s a total of 3 ounces of added water. The full amount of water in this recipe is 11.5 ounces. To get the amount below, I subtracted the 3 ounces which is 8.5 and used a water discount of 15% which is 7.2 ounces. With the added water, that’s a water discount of about 11% (7.2 ounces + 3 = 10.2).

What You’ll Need:
Note: This recipe has a 3% superfat to compensate for the added oils in the avocado. It also has a large water discount to compensate from the water in the avocado puree and the clay dispersion.
10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
3.5 oz Avocado Butter (10%)
5.2 oz. Avocado Oil (15%)
1 oz. Castor Oil (3%)
7.7 oz. Coconut Oil (22%)
8.8 oz. Olive Oil (25%)
8.8 oz. Palm Oil (25%)
5 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
7.2 oz. Distilled Water
3 oz. Fresh Avocado + 1.5 oz. Distilled Water
Spirulina Powder
French Green Clay
Poppy Seeds
2 oz. Spearmint Essential Oil

This Avocado and Spearmint Soap is made with real avocado, spearmint essential oils and French green clay.

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SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices! That means goggles, gloves and long sleeves. Make sure kids, pets, and other distractions and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your soaping space. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

COLOR PREP: Disperse 1 tablespoon of the spirulina powder into 1 tablespoon lightweight liquid oil such as sunflower or sweet almond oil. Use a mini mixer to get rid of any clumps. Then mix 1 tablespoon French green clay into 2 tablespoons distilled water. The mixture will become quite thick. Clay is dispersed in water due to help avoid cracking due to the clay’s tendency to absorb moisture.

PUREE PREP: In a small container, measure out the 3 ounces of fresh avocado pulp (no skin). Add 1.5 ounces of distilled water, and use a stick blender, food processor or blender to blend until smooth. Set aside.

Adding avocado puree ONE: Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool.

TWO: Melt and combine the coconut oil, avocado oil, avocado butter, olive oil, castor oil and palm oils (remember to fully melt then mix your entire container of palm oil before portioning). Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 110-120 degrees or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace. If you’d like a harder bar of soap that releases faster from the mold, you can add sodium lactate to the cooled lye water. Use 1 teaspoon of sodium lactate per pound of oils in the recipe. For this recipe, you’d add about 2 teaspoons sodium lactate.

THREETHREE: Once the mixture has reached a thin trace, add the avocado puree, all the dispersed spirulina powder and all the dispersed French green clay.

Avocado puree in cold process soap adds skin loving oils.French green clay and spirulina give this project a light green color.FOUR: Stick blend the additives into the soap until completely smooth. Add the spearmint essential oil, and stick blend using short pulses until incorporated. You don’t need to worry too much about the batter becoming thick. In fact, you want a nice thick trace! But, the soap still needs to be workable.

SIXFIVE: Pour all the batter into the mold, concentrating the batter in the center.

SIX: Use a spoon or spatula to begin mounding the soap batter into the center of the mold, creating a peak. If the soap is not thick enough to hold a shape, allow it to sit for several minutes to firm up slightly. Continue to build the soap in the center until you’ve created a large peak. 
EIGHTSEVEN: Once you’re happy with the height of the soap, use the side of a spoon to create divots/texture into the peaks. You could also use a fork for this step. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just keep playing with the soap until you’re happy with the look.

Create a textured top with the sides of a spoon.EIGHT: Once you’re happy with the top, sprinkle poppy seeds in the center of the peak. Spritz the top of the soap with 99% isopropyl alcohol to avoid soda ash. Then, place the soap in the fridge (or freezer) for 4-24 hours. Doing so will help prevent gel phase and glycerin rivers. If you soaped at slightly higher temperatures I would recommend placing it in the freezer. Remove from the fridge or freezer and allow the soap to harden in the mold at room temperature for 3-4 days. Unmold, and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 4-6 weeks.

Poppy seeds are such a nice finishing touch!This Avocado and Spearmint Soap is made with real avocado, spearmint essential oils and French green clay.

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