After discovering ‘Coconut Woods’ fragrance from Crafter’s Choice I instantly fell in love with this fragrance and decided to make a specialty soap for my brother, who was already asking for a charcoal spa bar. (Of course, now he wants a shave soap, so stay tuned for the full gift package recipes to accompany this soap.) The fragrance is incredible, and will soon be a permanent Thermal Mermaid men’s product. You can watch us make Coconut Woods here:
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To make this soap you will need the following:
- Cold Distilled Bottled Water
- Lye (NaOH)
- Rice Bran Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Castor Oil
- Shea Butter
- Activated charcoal
- Titanium Dioxide
- Coconut Woods Fragrance Oil
- Vanilla Stabilizer.
- Begin with your safety gear on: eyeglasses, gloves, and mask. The first step in making this luxury men’s fragrance bar it to make the lye water solution. Carefully discover the lye crystals into the cold distilled water until all the crystals are gone. Set this aside to cool until it has settled to room temperature.
2. This recipe bar will be a five oil blend. The oils chosen for this bar are meant to keep the trace light to give us adequate time to layer the swirl into the bar and keep the colors light for a better white effect in the white colored half. Shea butter is added to the recipe for an extra conditioning quality.
3. Prepare your additives in advance. Measure out the activated charcoal. The dust is very lightweight and not easy to control. Make sure you wear a mask to prevent breathing the coal dust. The activated charcoal can be added to the soap as a dry powder. It does not need to be made into a liquid before hand. Blend the white titanium dioxide powder with water until it is a smooth paste. This takes a minute because titanium dioxide is not a smooth as mica. Make sure you break up the little granules.
4. When the lye has cooled, pour it into the oils. Blend this with your stick blender until it has completely emulsified. Add the liquid titanium dioxide, the Coconut Woods fragrance oil, and the vanilla stabilizer. Coconut Woods contains 2.6% vanilla in the fragrance oil and this will turn your cold process soap darker or brownish over time, so you can hinder this by adding a vanilla stabilizer specifically made for cold process soap to keep your colors fresh. This, however, is not the same as preventing the tan vanilla color as seen in the photo from slightly coloring the batter. Once we mix this colorant in, our batter goes a bit yellow. You can add a little more titanium dioxide if you don't like this, but I am content with the vanilla tint. To me it still looks coconut-ish.
5. Next, separate one half of the soap batter and mix in the activated charcoal until it is completely blended together.
6. Next, separate one half of the soap batter and mix in the activated charcoal until it is completely blended together. In an empty large bowl, gently pour a little bit of the white batter down the side until it pools at the bottom. Gently layer the black on top of this. Alternate layers pouring one color on top of another until the two color are completely poured together. The more careful you pour the more define the layers will be, but with this method you don't need to be careful. You can get a neat marbling effect if you pour quickly with each layer. The effect will be some white, some black, and some grey marbling through the entire bar.
7. Pour this directly into the mold, and allow it 24 - 48 hours to set before removing the block from the mold. Recipes with activated charcoal sometimes act like clay bars in that they need more time to set up. This depends on the amount of water you added to your recipe and also the humidity in your environment, but give it plenty of time to set if needed. Cut your bars when the soap has completely set.
This bar is ready to use after it has cured for 3 - 6 weeks.