Vitamin C – Sage & Citrus Cold Process Soap

Vitamin C Sage & Citrus Cold Process Soap

In this recipe we will make large oranges that sit in a frame of white and green sage leaves. The recipe includes vitamin C powder, which is known to have skin nourishing medicinal qualities. Vitamin C powder contains absorbic acid, and this additive is used for absorbing odors and commonly used as a swimmers soap as it can absorb the smell of chlorine. Absorbic acid is also know for tampering with the quality of the lye and interrupting the saponification process. (See our ‘Amish Baby Bottom Soap’ for more information about this.) This recipe does not use enough powdered Vitamin C to disturb the recipe, but is plenty to create a great additive.  Vitamin C is also used as an anti-aging vitamin.


This recipe makes a 3 lb. Loaf to be made in two parts. (2 lbs first and then 1 lb.) This will yield 11 bars at 5.5 oz a piece.

The fragrance oil in this recipe is (Natures Garden) Sage & Citrus. This FO does have a slight acceleration. ( See how the green and white pours chunky in the video. This is after minimal mixing.) No discoloration and no ricing.

What you need for this recipe:
1st part : 2lbs of soap

2nd part: 1 lb of soap

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Part 1

     One – With your safety gear on, carefully mix the lye water solution. Once the crystals are completely dissolved set this in the fridge to cool. Melt the lard and add the rest of the oils. Mix in one table spoon of Vitamin C powder directly into the oil.
Two – Carefully mix the lye water solution into the oils, and mix this until it is emulsified. Add 1 tsp. Of Soap Berry Orange mica, and 1 oz. Of Sage and Citrus Fragrance Oil. Mix this with a stick blender until it comes to a light trace.
Three – Pour the entire orange soap into 6 large circular molds. In the video, these molds are 3 inches by 3 inches and hold about 5.5 oz. Of soap. Your molds can be smaller circles. Set these aside to harden for about 10 – 14 hours.
Note: If you do not have these molds available to you, then pour the soap at least 2 inches deep into a small box lined in wax paper. When the soap is beginning to become firm , cut out circular or flower shapes with a 2 inch cookie cutter. You can also roll the soap into orange shaped balls after about 10 hours.

Part 2

     Four – In the second half of the recipe mix the lye water solution for 1 lb. of soap. Set the lye water in the fridge to cool. Measure the oils, and when the oils and lye are within 20 degrees from each other mix these together. Add 0.5 oz. Of Sage and Citrus Fragrance oil.

     Five – Separate the batter into 2 parts and add 1 tsp. of titanium dioxide in one half, and 1 tsp. of soap berry green mica in the other half. Recombine these colors in one bowl by alternating layers until the soap is merged into one container. Pour the entire contents into a 3 lb. soap mold.

     Six – Place the large embeds in the soft batter with equal spacing. The white and green sage soap will raise to the top of the mold with the volume of the oranges, creating a frame around the orange pieces.

Unmold and cut into slices after 24 hours. This soap will need 4 – 6 weeks to cure before it is ready to use.


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