When you think of soap carrots aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, beta carotene and Vitamin A are great nutrients to put in your skin care. This bar is not only popular for its novelty, but also customers who love natural products and want to try something they don’t see every day. When adding carrot to your recipe you can juice a carrot, puree a carrot, or use fresh store bought pure organic orange juice. Pureed carrot makes a smooth fusion with the oils. Vitamin A is fat soluble. That may have something to do with how happily these items will marry each other.
Here is what you need to make this soap
- Palm Oil
- Coconut Oil
- 19.2 oz. Olive Oil
- Carrot Juice
- Linen fragrance oil
- Orange mica (optional)
This recipe uses the simple cold process method with just a few changes to incorporate the carrot juice. If you aren’t familiar with the basics of cold process soap making check out our article on How to Make Cold Process Soap for Beginners. This will give additional basic information about this project as a beginner so you can thoroughly understand these instructions.
ONE – Combine cold distilled water and lye until the lye crystals are completely dissolved. Place this in the freezer to cool. If you are used to making cold process soap it might feel like there isn’t enough water in your lye solution. The carrot juice we add later will make up for this.
TWO – Combine the oils in a large bowl. In a separate cup, prepare the orange mica if you want to give the bar a vibrant orange color. You can leave the colorant out and your final result will be a slightly orange natural looking color.
THREE – Combine in lye water solution to the oils, by gently pouring the lye into the oils. Blend this with your stick blender until it is fully emulsified. Add the fragrance oil and the colorant at this time. Add the carrot juice at this time and blend it well.
FOUR – Pour the batter into your 3 lb. mold and give it 24 hours to set up before cutting. One you have cut it into 11 pieces, set it aside to cure for 4 – 6 weeks.
NOTE: The water and carrot juice split the total amount of liquid needed for this recipe. Without the carrot juice your water would be 6 oz. In this recipe the actual water has been split. Do not pour your carrot juice in until your lye and oils are completely mixed. This will prevent the lye from eating the carrot juice. Pour into your mold and set for 24 hours before cutting.
Additionally, when choosing a fragrance oil for veggie soaps, keep in mind people don’t necessarily want to smell like veggies so it doesn’t necessarily enhance the soap to find a carrot fragrance oil. People do, however, like a crisp clean smell which can be associated with crisp clean veggies. I like to match fresh linen and cotton fragrances with my veggie themes soaps.
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