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 19. Orange Soap
3 pounds organic white soap base
2 ounces almond oil
2 tablespoons annatto seeds
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1.4 ounces peppermint essential oil
1 ounce orange essential oil
Step 1: Prepare the seeds
Warm the almond oil in the microwave. Add the annatto seeds and leave to soak overnight. Strain the seeds and reserve the oil, as you will use it to color the soap.
Step 2: Prepare the base
Cut the base into cubes and melt in the microwave. Stir in a few tablespoons of the oil colorant. Don’t add too much, as it can decrease the lather. Leave to cool to about 120F. If a skin forms on top of the soap base, stir it in or remove it.
Step 3: Prepare the oils
Combine the essential oils, and when the soap base has cooled, add the oils and blend.
Step 4: Molding
Pour the soap into your molds reserving 1-2 ounces. Leave the soap for about an hour. Sprinkle the soap with half of the poppy seeds. Warm the reserved soap base and pour it over the poppy seeds. You can scatter the remaining poppy seeds over this top layer.
When the top layer has cooled, you can add a few drops of the essential oils. With a small knife, make small lines into the soap to help the layers stick together. Leave for a day or two in the mold.
Step 5: Cut into bars
Slice the soap into bars and leave to cure for 3-5 weeks.