Ginger Spice Cream soap

Gingerbread & cream soap

Ginger is an excellent analgesic, this coupled with its broad-spectrum antibacterial properties makes it an excellent choice for use in soap.  Combining these properties with the silky, smooth texture of milk based soaps, gives this soap a touch of richness not normally found in an antibacterial cleanser.This is a cold process recipe that require 2 batches, while it is not necessary to make both batches at the exact same time (completing and pouring one and then immediately starting the other does work), you will have a much better combination if made at the same time and poured within minutes of each other.  Having said that;

This is not a recipe for beginners.

If this is your first attempt, I would recommend something more straight forward like milk & honey hot process shampoo bar, if you wish to proceed, consider yourself warned, so hear it goes!

Making soap is a chemical process

Before you begin, there are a few things you should know;

  1. Making soap involves a chemical process that is dangerous, caution should always be taken during this process.
  2. Soap making involves Lye which is a strong alkaline solution of either sodium hydroxide (NaOH), which is toxic and will burn your eyes and skin upon contact.
  3. Always wear protective gloves and goggles when using and working with or around Lye.
  4. Any equipment used with Lye can NEVER be used for food!!!
  5. Keep the Lye far from the reach of children or pets.

Helpful tip: Distilled white vinegar neutralizes lye, have some on standby!

Ingredients;

Gingerbread soap mixture
1 oz Castor oil
6 oz Coconut oil
9 oz Ginger infused olive oil

5 oz Ginger herbal tea
2.31 oz Lye

5 drops Cinnamon essential oil (optional)
5 drops Clove essential oil (optional)
50 drops Ginger essential oil

Cream soap mixture
1 oz Castor oil
1 oz Cocoa butter
6 oz Coconut oil
8 oz Olive oil

4 oz Frozen coconut milk cubes
1 oz Distilled water
2.31 oz Lye

5 drops Cinnamon essential oil (optional)
5 drops Clove essential oil (optional)
10 drops Nutmeg essential oil (optional)
2-3 drops Ginger essential oil (optional)

Equipment;

Protective Gear – Goggles and Rubber or Latex Gloves
2 glass large jars and a pot large enough to fit both jars with about 2″ of water for heating oils
2 stainless steel or glass bowls
2 Heat proof measuring cups
2 Wooden or silicon mixing spoons (NOT used for food)
Ice tray
Digital Scale (for measuring lye)
2 Instant Read Thermometers
Immersion Blender
1 square soap mold

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Instructions;

Ginger infused Oils;

In a glass container add 2 tb of chopped, minced or ground dried organic ginger root to every 4 oz of oil.  Allow the ginger to sit in the oil in a dark place for approximately 6 weeks before use.  You can speed this process up considerably by using heat in the infusion process.  See my post on making infused oils for more information.

Cream solution;

Measure 2 oz of coconut milk, almond milk, goats milk or any other kind of milk you prefer and 2 oz of distilled water, combine and pour into ice tray.  Freeze overnight.

First things first;

IMG_0438Prepare your mold!  This recipe is best with a flat square mold, but a loaf mold works fine as well.  You can use a silicone mold or a what ever you would like.  Just be sure line molds other then silicone with parchment paper.

Now;

Since the cream/lye solution will have a much lower temperature and be ready for use quite quickly, we’ll begin with the ginger.

In 1 of the heat proof measuring cups pour in 5 oz of ginger herbal tea (cooled to room temperature), wearing the gloves and goggles measure out 2.31 oz of lye using a digital scale and an old, washed and thoroughly dried, plastic or glass container.

Carefully pour the lye into the liquid and do not breath in the fumes from the chemical reaction.  I usually place the liquid in my sink and open the kitchen window, but going outside is another good option.  Stir as you pour in the lye, keep stirring until the original color returns.  Insert 1 of the instant read thermometers and note the temperature, it should be hot as high as 160° F.

Combine Your Oils;

IMG_0440In one of the large heat proof glass jar combine the castor oil, coconut oil, and ginger infused olive oil, for the ginger portion and in the other add the castor oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil for the cream solution.  Place both in a pot with 2″ of water to form a double boiler and heat over medium/low heat stirring consistently until the oil is melted.

Time for the Cream;

Frozen Milk for making SoapRemove the frozen milk/water cubes and add them to a heat proof measuring cup, pour approximately 1 oz of distilled water over them and prepare to measure out the 2.31 oz if lye.  With gloves and goggles on, measure the lye using the digital scale as before, then slowly pour the lye into the frozen cubes and water.  Stir slowly as you pour, once all the lye has been poured in, continue to stir until the solution turns cloudy white.  Do not worry if the milk solution curdles, it is still usable and will not leave your soap smelling fowl!

Next;

IMG_0152Note the temperature of the cream/lye solution and that of the oils for the cream portion of the soap.  They should be pretty close to 100° F, as long as they are within about 10° F of each other, it is time to combine them.  Pour the melted oils for the cream portion into one of the large bowls.  With gloves and goggles on, slowly add the lye solution to the oil, stirring as you go.  Continue stirring for a total of 5 minutes with the mixing spoon, at this point you can move onto the immersion blender, blending in short burst to avoid making excess bubbles.

Continue stirring until trace occurs, which looks like a bit like pudding out of a pudding cup. It will support a drop, or your stir marks for several seconds.

Pour the cream soap mix into your mold and move on to the ginger portion.

Move on to the ginger;

Check the temperature of the oil and the lye solution, they should be within about 10° F of each other.  As long as this is the case, add the oil to the other large bowl and slowly pour in the lye solution.  Follow the instructions for the cream soap mix.  Once the ginger soap mix reaches trace, it is time to pour it over the cream.

And now we wait;

Since this is a cold process soap, leave it in the mold in a warm place, better yet put a few towels over it, for 24 hours, at which point you can safely remove from the mold.  Allow it another 12 hours or until is firm to the touch to cut.  Once cut you new soap will need to stay in a dry place to cure.  Curing takes about 6 weeks, the soap will most likely be safe to use in about 3 weeks, however the longer it is left to cure the better it will be!

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