Lemon and Charcoal Bastille Soap: Oriental and Masculine

14 Sep

I asked my brother what kind of soap he wanted me to make him. He chose Lemon and Charcoal Bastille Soap.

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Now, my brother is a very masculine man. He has a strong personality with Oriental preferences and a Zen-like attitude.

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I wanted to create Lemon and Charcoal soaps that reminded me of him, that somehow captured his sensibility.

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Handmade. Just for my little brother.

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Recipe:

  • 30% coconut oil
  • 70% olive oil
  • water
  • lye (NaOH)
  • run it through my fave soap calculator to get the amount you want

At trace, divide the batch into 2:

  1. to 2/3 of the batch – add 1 tsp lemon peel powder and 1 oz lemon essential oil/pound
  2. to 1/3 of the batch – add 1 T charcoal/pound

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I used an old soymilk carton as my mold:

  • pour most of the charcoal batch into the mold
  • carefully pour all the lemon batch on top of the charcoal layer
  • use a spoon to slightly mix the two layers together
  • spoon the rest of the charcoal mixture on the top
  • decorate as you wish
  • spray with alcohol to prevent formation of soda ash
  • cover with a towel and allow to gel for 24 hours
  • unmold after 24 hours and slice
  • cure for 4 – 6 months

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