I know I say it about all of my soap recipes – but this hollyhock soap truly is another favorite of mine!
Hollyhocks have soothing properties similar to their herbal cousin, marshmallow, and the drawing power of the rose clay makes this soap another one helpful for itchy or inflamed skin.
Looking for more ways to use hollyhocks? Be sure to check out my article: 5 Things to Make with Hollyhocks for more creative ideas.
(This recipe has been reformulated from the original one published, in order to make it palm oil free.)
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Hollyhock Flower Soap
Liquid & Lye Portion:
- 4.13 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide) (6% superfat)
- 10 ounces hollyhock tea/infusion
Oil Portion (30 ounces total):
- 17 ounces olive oil (57%)
- 8 ounces coconut oil (27%)
- 2.5 ounces shea butter (8%)
- 2.5 ounces castor (or meadowfoam) oil (8%)
At light trace, add:
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rose kaolin clay (for pink color)
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon bergamot essential oil (optional, for light scent)
Here are a few brands of lye I use most often:
To infuse the water, add handfuls of fresh hollyhock flowers/rose petals to a jar and pour lukewarm water over them. Let this infuse for several hours.
You can also do a cold water infusion and let it sit overnight.
Strain, ensure that the water is room temperature or colder then add your lye and proceed as directed in the post Soap Making 101. (Make sure the tea isn’t too dark though, or it may affect the final color of your soap.)
This recipe is sized to fit my homemade wooden mold – the inner dimensions are: 8 inches by 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
It will also fit a Crafter’s Choice Regular Silicone 1501 Soap Mold.
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