I love experimenting with different infusions and additives when making cold process soap. The options are almost limitless! With this batch, I thought I’d try incorporating apple cider into a spice scented bar.
When I created the recipe for this apple cider soap, I first used the calculator at Majestic Mountain Sage to come up with a plain, basic bar of soap.
I then used their suggested ratios of oils & lye, but substituted apple cider for part (roughly half) of the distilled water and added a teaspoon or two of cinnamon essential oil and almost a teaspoon of ginger essential oil, at trace.
The cider gave the bar a brownish tint, while the cinnamon gave it a most delightful smell that permeated my entire kitchen! Ginger is great for circulation issues, so I added that to help warm winter-chilled toes & fingers. (If you’re on blood thinners or have other medical concerns, research ginger further before use.)
It’s important to note that I used regular cold apple cider obtained from my local apple orchard and NOT apple cider vinegar or hard (alcoholic) cider.
Apple Cider Soap
Liquid & Lye Portion
- 4.16 ounces lye (6% superfat) (You can buy food grade lye HERE.)
- 9 ounces pure cold apple cider (I used half apple cider/half water instead)
- 15 ounces olive oil (50%)
- 8 ounces coconut oil (26%)
- 2 ounces castor oil (7%)
- 2 ounces mango (or cocoa) butter (7%)
- 3 ounces avocado oil (10%)
At light trace, add:
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger essential oil and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon leaf essential oil (adjust per your own personal scent preference)
If you’ve never made soap before, be sure to thoroughly research the process and precautions before trying this recipe.
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