Homemade Natural Remedies: 80 Organic Beauty Recipes On A Budget For A Healthy Life - Lora Brenner (2016)

Book 3. Soap Making: Essential Guide For Absolute Beginners. 20 Homemade Organic Recipes

Chapter 7. Soothing Tea Tree Soap

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Ingredients

2.27 ounces lye

6.08 ounces water

1.92 ounces avocado oil

2.08 ounces sweet almond oil

4.8 ounces coconut oil

7.2 ounces olive oil

0.7 ounces tea tree essential oil*

*Note: You can add as much of the tea tree essential oil as you like it. Generally, you should follow this rule–0.5 to 1 ounce per pound of oils. If you don’t really like the smell of this oil, you can combine it with other essential oils. Some oils that match nicely with tea tree oil are pine, clove, basil, geranium, rosemary, cinnamon, and chamomile.

Step 1: Mix the water and lye

Add the lye to the water, stirring continually until the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Step 2: Melt the oils

Mix the oils in a stainless steel bowl and melt over medium heat.

Step 3: Combine the mixtures

First check the temperatures of the two mixtures. When the thermometer reads 95F, add the water mixture to the melted oils.

Step 4: Blend

Using a stick blender, mix the concoction until you reach a light trace. Add the tea tree oil (and other oils if using) and blend until everything is well incorporated.

Step 5: Molding

Pour the mixture into the molds and leave to insulate for 24 to 48 hours.

Step 6: Cutting into bars

Once the soap has hardened, you can unmold it and cut into bars. Leave the bars to cure for 4 to 6 weeks in a well-ventilated area.