Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Making of a Soap Recipe

This next recipe I want to talk about is my Avocado Oil Soap recipe. I also use Green Tea Extract and Aloe Vera Gel for a nice rich bar.   I love Avocado oil it has so many wonderful qualities.  It's softening and conditioning for the skin.  It has Vitamins A, D and E.  It is good for sunburned and wind chapped skin.  It's also a really good oil for massage as it has good slip to it.  If you want to learn more check out this blog post by SwiftCraftyMonkey. (I love her blog  :))  So because of all those wonderful qualities I thought that it would make a really nice bar of soap.

 At first I tried using Unrefined Avocado oil.  It made the bar a beautiful color but it faded out over time.  It also for some reason was a very very dry bar of soap.  I used 30% coconut oil so it was dry anyway but this one was extra dry.  I decided that it was because of the naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids in the unrefined brand.  That's just my assumption not scientific fact.  So what I did then was decrease the amount of Coconut oil and use a refined Avocado oil and BINGO I love it.  It is a very nice bar that doesn't dry out my skin.

Other reasons I love this recipe include that it's a slow moving recipe.  If I want to make a few or heck even five or six color bar.  I'm sure I could do it easily with this recipe.  So it's a keeper.

Check out this video of me using the Avocado Oil Soap recipe.

Making Green Tea and Aloe Vera Soap

Just as an aside I wouldn't use Aloe Vera Gel in a Soap ever again.  It tried to volcano on me.  I will use Aloe Vera extract instead.  That will be reflected in the recipe I post here.

Angela's Aloe Vera and Green Tea Soap Recipe

Refined Avocado Oil 20%
Castor Oil 8%
Coconut Oil 20%
Olive Oil 37%
Palm Oil 15%

Superfat 8%

1 tsp/lb of oils Vitamin E
1tbsp/lb of oils Liquid Aloe Vera Extract
1 Tsp Green Tea Extract
Note: Aloe Vera gel will volcano.  I haven't tried to use the aloe juice yet
fragrance 1oz/lb
Color: I used 1 tsp each chromium green oxide and titanium oxide mixed in with a bit of olive oil separately
2% Sodium Lactate can be added to make a harder bar


  1. I love your recipes! I am yet to start making soap but this is why i found you ... Researching around. Are you a chemist? It seems like you know what you are talking about when you are mentioning all the ingrediences and their qualities... It was like a different language to me... Is it something i will become more familiar as i go on in my experiements or did you have to study chemistry really hard? Thanks for the input.

  2. Thank you! I am not a chemist although I am thinking of going back to school to take cosmetic chemistry since I have so much fun with it at home. I've been making and research soap making for four years. It took a lot of trial and error to get here because there wasn't a huge amount of information out there when I first started. The lingo will get easier to understand the more you soap and speak with other soapers. I also make shampoos, conditioners, lotions, massage candles, massage lotion bars. All from my own kitchen. That I've been working on for the past two years. It's a lot of fun! :)If you have any questions I can try and answer them to the best of my ability or find you someone who knows. :) I am a member of a facebook chat page that you may like. It's a great community of like minded soapers. We all like to help one another. Which is awesome!

  3. Thank yo so much for your response. I will definitely check the FB page out! As of right now I don't know what I am doing but I am reading a lot about it. I will be following you for sure :-) I also want to make shampoos and conditioners because of my problems with hair and my two kids who both have long and blond hair and I want to give them the best care possible. Right now I am just working with herbs to create immunity teas and other beneficial teas, also syrups and tinctures. I want to be self sustaining as much as possible. You will hear from me soon!

  4. Cool! There are a couple of other youtuber's out there that you might find very helpful. The SoapQueen has the best step by step videos on cold process. Also Soaping 101 on youtube is great. And for making shampoos, conditioners, and lotions, the "Point of interest blog" buy swiftcraftymonkey is an awesome resource for the chemistry advice. I'm looking forward to hearing how your doing :)

  5. Thank you! I will keep you posted!

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