Welcome to the end of first snow day of the year! I’ve been snuggled up inside all day hanging out with my plants and baking cookies (with a quick jaunt into the cold to play capoeira to shake off my cabin fever).
I’ve been waiting this whole unseasonably-warm season for an excuse to post about my favorite new creation: snowbound soap.
This wintery bar was born one night back in December when a few of my friends and I had a sapphic soap-making slumber party.
We sat around smelling and and blending essential oils until we came up with a mix that smells the way a crisp snowy day feels. With hints of mint, cedar, and pine, it’s perfect for everyday use or a toasty bubble bath.
After nearly scaring my friends away with my warnings about lye, I got out my giant box of safety gear, they got excited about their goggles and gloves, and we got to work.
The bar we created is a light winter-sky blue flecked with titanium dioxide snowflakes. We over-mixed just a little so the batter was thick enough to form soft waves on top.
The soap produces a smooth, rich lather and, thanks to a large dose of kaolin clay, gives you just the slip you need for shaving.
If you’ve got a drop scale or any other cooking scale, click over to the the Snowbound Soap Drop recipe for super easy instructions! (The link is broken right now, but it’ll be up soon!)
In the spreadsheet blow, make your own copy in google drive (“File” > “Make a copy” > “OK”). Enter the amount of soap (in grams) you want to make in the pink box and the spreadsheet will auto-calculate ingredient amounts for you. Use a lye calculator to calculate the amount of lye you will need and enter that number in the yellow box.
Once the soap has reached trace, add the essential oils, oxides, and clay.