Baby Carrot Soap
To make this, you’ll need to first prepare a carrot puree. (Alternately, you can use carrot baby food.) To make the puree, slice a large carrot into rounds and simmer in a covered pot of water. When tender, spoon the slices from the water and cool to room temperature. Blend the carrots along with a small amount of the cooking water to form a smooth puree.
Baby Carrot Soap
All measurements are by weight, not volume.
Liquid & Lye Portion:
- 4 ounces carrot puree
- 4 ounces carrot cooking water (or plain water)
- 1 teaspoon salt (to help with unmolding)
- 3.9 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide) (you can buy lye HERE)
Oils (28 ounces total):
Step 1: If you’ve never made soap before, be sure that you’ve fully studied and understand the process. (See my Soap Making 101 tutorial or my Natural Soap Making ebook.) Have all of your ingredients ready to go. Wear proper safety gear (gloves, goggles & long sleeves.)
Step 2: Mix carrot puree, water, and salt in a heat proof plastic or stainless steel container. Slowly add in the lye and stir until completely dissolved. The mixture will get hot! I like to do this step in my kitchen sink to contain any accidental spills and because it has a window I can open for fresh air.
Adding 1 teaspoon of salt to your lye water will help firm the soap up, so you can unmold sooner. This is especially helpful to add to palm free recipes or when using silicone molds. (I use Redmond Real Salt, but you can also use table salt or sea salt.)
Step 3: Set the lye mixture aside, in a safe place that pets and children can’t access, and allow it to cool for about an hour.
Step 4: While the lye is cooling, measure out the oils in a heatproof enamel, stainless steel, or heavy duty plastic bowl or pan. (I use an inexpensive enamel stock pot I bought from Wal-Mart or an old stoneware crockpot liner.) If your coconut oil is solid, melt it just enough to be able to stir into the other oils. Set the oils aside until your lye has cooled some. They can be room temperature or a little warmer when you mix them. (Note: Room temperature in my house is around 80 degrees.)
Step 5: Once it has cooled for about an hour (temperature should be somewhere around 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit), carefully pour the lye solution into the oils.
Step 6: Using a stick (immersion) blender, stir the lye solution and oils together – alternating stirring by hand 20 to 30 seconds, then pulsing a similar length of time with the stick blender. (Blending continually on high could possibly lead to a false trace and too many air bubbles in your soap.)
Step 7: Stir until trace is reached. “Trace” means that the soap mixture is thickened enough so that it leaves a trail, or “trace”, when you drizzle some of the batter across the surface of itself. (See photo below.) It should only take about four or five minutes to reach this stage, when using a stick blender.
Step 8: Pour into a mold that has been lined with parchment paper or freezer paper shiny side up. Don’t have a mold? You can use a parchment paper lined glass bread loaf pan instead. You can also use silicone molds. I used THIS KIND from Bramble Berry for this project. (It fills around 7 or 8 of those cavities.)
Step 9: Unmold and slice into bars. Let cure in the open air for six weeks or longer. Because of the high olive oil in this soap, a longer cure time will make for a harder, yet more gentle soap.
For more in-depth information on making palm-free natural soaps, along with instructions on adding herbs, flowers, and natural colors to your handmade soaps – check out my Natural Soap Making eBook.
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