You know that saying, “when life gives you lemons”? In my case, there is a bit too much snow lately. So, what to do? Some soap makers are laughing now because we know how this goes. It can be a color, a scent, a picture; there is always something that sets off that creative thing that makes us wonder how to use that idea in soap. SNOW SOAP RECIPE
small batch about 6 bars
20 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
2.5 oz. palm oil
8 oz. clean snow
3.3 oz. lye crystals
1 oz. essential oil (I used lavender)
clays and micas for coloring
As always, I assume you are experienced with soap making and no the safety precautions working with lye.
Have all your ingredients ready to go if you make it with fresh snow. My lye water mixture was 81 degrees which was low so it was ready to use immediately. I spent a few minutes stirring to make sure that all the crystals in the mixture were dissolved. This was not something I had encountered before but I was working with frozen stuff.
I melted the palm and coconut oils in the microwave just to liquid for measuring purposes and added them to my measured olive oil.
For my soap, I added blue and white micas for coloring, 1 teaspoon of white and 1 teaspoon of a blue mica, mixing each in a separate measuring cup with a tablespoon of oil in each, using a small whisk. I chose this as I knew the olive oil alone would give this a slightly yellow green color that I wasn’t sure I would like in the final soap.
I stirred my oils, slowly added the lye to the oils and traced with an immersion blender. This took less than a minute with the low temps. I added my lavender oil, blended a few more seconds and poured half the mixture into each of the measuring cups with the colors and stirred.
I used an alternate pour into my soap mold with the two colors, reserving about a half cup of the lighter color for the top of the soap. When I finished the swirl I tamped it on the counter to remove bubbles and let it settle.
For the top, I used my spatula and poured the final lighter color directly onto the spatula to keep that layer from pouring into my swirled layer. Holding the spatula directly above the swirl and moving it across the top while pouring acts as a buffer and allows that top layer to “set” on the top. I used the spatula to carefully move it along the top to cover all of the top.
The final top to the soap which has a light swirl and is dusted with diamond mica.