Extra Virgin Olive Oil Castile Soap with Olive Leaf Powder

14 Sep

I read that the quality of olive oil one uses in soaps drastically changes the final product of soap. There is a lot to read about Castile Soaps on the internet, but I wanted to experiment on my own to verify what I read.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Castile Soap with Olive Leaf Powder.

Well, it is true: plain olive oil produces a creamier texture, while extra virgin olive oil produces a more brittle soap. I noticed that plain olive oil also creates a silkier finish and is easier to handle. Now, I have 4 to 6 months of curing left before I can actually use them to assess how they differ as soaps.

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Plain Olive Oil Castile Soap (top) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Castile Soap (bottom)

Recipe:

  • 100% olive oil
  • water
  • lye (NaOH)
  • run it through my fave soap calculator to get the amount you want

At trace, add 1 tsp olive leaf powder/pound of oils. Olive leaf is said to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It is also full of antioxidants and helps heal wounds faster.

I used an old soymilk carton as my mold (my fave as there is no washing up and I can still recycle it):

  • pour batch into your mold
  • spray top with alcohol to prevent formation of soda ash
  • cover with a towel and allow to gel for 24 hours
  • remove towel after 24 hours
  • unmold after 48 hours and slice
  • cure for 4 – 6 months
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2 Responses to “Extra Virgin Olive Oil Castile Soap with Olive Leaf Powder”

  1. Amanda Kemp September 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    I’m loving all your recipes for homemade soaps! I feel the “itch” to join you and make some for Christmas presents. 2 questions: can the soaps be used before the 4-6month cure time? And what are your measurements for your ingredients in this basic olive oil soap recipe? (ie. superfat? water?) Thank you for sharing!

    • TIK September 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      Hi Amanda! I know… it’s so much fun! Hope you join me! 1. No and yes. It is advised that you wait for Castile soaps to saponify for longer periods, otherwise the soap is somewhat slimy and the lather is poor. So, you can use it… but the results are better if you wait. As for measurements, input your numbers here: http://soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp Water would be under #3 “Water as % of Oils.” Superfat would be under #4 “Super Fat.”

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