There is something about rosewater that brings me back to the days when my grandmother would send gift packages from her home in the Midwest with drawer sachets from Crabtree and Evelyn for my sister and me. Rosewater with a touch of lemon is a curious smell that turns out to be favorable. We will be using both rose water and a fragrance oil to accentuate the smell and give it a twist of lemon. The reason for this is that the lye will break down the rosewater and the fragrance will be compromised in the finished result. To get a soap with a beautiful aroma we will add a fragrance oil at the end.
You will need the following for this recipe:
- Coconut Oil
- Rice Bran Oil
- Castor Oil
- Rosewater Lemon Fragrance
- pink mica
- yellow mica
- titanium dioxide
To begin this recipe you’ll notice that you need 18.24 oz of rose water. There are a few ways to do this. You can buy rose water already packaged and ready to use, but it can get pricey and if you plan on making a few batches of this soap it may be worth it to you. However, if you don’t want to buy rosewater you can make your own pretty easily.
ONE – Chill the rose water in the freezer to freezing water, but not ice. Make your lye water solution. If you need information on lye safety and how to work with lye click here and make sure you know the proper way to handle lye before you start. Dissolve all the lye crystals into the chilled rosewater and set this aside.
TWO – Combine the oils in a large bowl. Notice we are using light colored oils. This is my preferred way to create recipes with bright popping cold process colors that include white.
THREE – Prepare your pink and yellow mica and titanium dioxide in a small cop with three tbsp of grape seed oil. Blend them down until they are completely smooth. Set these aside.
FOUR – Gently pour the lye solution into the oils. Make sure you do this when the lye water and oils are within 20 degrees form each other. If the lye water is still too hot, wait until it cools. Blend this well with your stick blender. Now add the fragrance oils, and blend it until it is fully incorporated into the recipe.
FIVE – Separate the batter into three parts. Color each part with it’s designated color. Blend the colors until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the mold alternating the colors until it is completely poured. Give it a swirl with a spoon and allow it to set up for 24 hours. After 24 – 48 hours it is ready to cut and be set aside to cure. This recipe will be ready to use in 4 – 6 weeks.
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