How To Make Olive Oil Soap
Interested in making your own cosmetics? In this Videojug guide Sally Hornsey, cosmetic consultant at Plush Folley, shows you how to make a basil and lime scented olive oil soap.
You Will Need
- rubber gloves
- safety glasses
- 1 jug
- sodium hydroxide
- olive oil
- basil essential oil
- lime essential oil
- green oxide
- silicone mould
- 1 chopping board
Weigh 187 g of water in a jug.
Weigh 67 g of sodium hydroxide. Carefully mix this with the water and stir until dissolved, making sure you don't breathe in the fumes.
Weigh 500 g of olive oil and pour into a bowl.
Weigh 7 g of basil oil and 7 g of lime oil.
Carefully pour the sodium Hydroxide solution into the olive oil, then blend with a stick blender until it reaches the 'light trace' stage, which is when it looks a bit like custard.
Add essential oil and mix very well.
Remove about 4 tbsp of the mixture to a beaker, then mix with 1/4 tsp of green oxide.
Pour just enough soap mixture to cover the bottom of the mould. Drizzle over some green mixture in a swirl pattern, then pour more soap mixture in the middle. Repeat this a few times and you will end up with green rings though your soap.
Cover with a chopping board, then with towels, and leave for 24 hours. Leave at room temperature for a couple of weeks until it hardens before use.