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 12. Dandelion & Honey Soap
10 ounces dandelion tea
4.07 ounces lye
14 ounces olive oil
1.5 ounces tamanu oil
1.5 ounces jojoba oil
2 ounces shea butter
3 ounces sunflower oil
8 ounces coconut oil
1/2 ounce raw honey
Step 1: Prepare the dandelion tea
Gather fresh dandelion flowers, rinse them and place in a heat-proof jar. A pint jar should be about half way full with the flowers. Fill the jar with steaming hot water and seal it. Leave to infuse at least for an hour, but I recommend leaving it overnight. Strain the tea and reserve about 10 ounces for the soap.
Step 2: Mix with the lye
Combine the dandelion tea and lye, stirring continually. Leave to cool and set aside.
Step 3: Mix the oils
In another pot, mix together the oils and butters and heat over medium heat.
Step 4: Blend
Once the oils are melted, carefully add the dandelion and lye mixture. Use a stick mixer to combine the ingredients. When you reach a light trace, mix in the honey.
Step 5: Molding
Once well blended, you can pour the soap mixture into the molds. Since the honey makes soap heat up more, there is no need to insulate the soap.
Step 6: Cutting into bars
When the soap has hardened, cut it into bars and leave to cure for 3 to 5 weeks.