This article was originally posted by MelMac Industries at the below link
Soap-making is surprisingly easy and you can create a great variety of soaps from just a few ingredients and oils. You just need to find a recipe that suits your requirements and skin type.
If you’re looking for something that provides gentle exfoliation and helps rejuvenate the skin, use mimosa bark powder in your soap recipe. There are many versions of this recipe online, but here’s a simple and straightforward one you can try:
- Mimosa hostilis powder - 56g
- Lye or Caustic soda- 180g
- Titanium dioxide powder - 11g
- Yogurt powder - 28g
- Aloe vera liquid - 437g
- Sodium Lactate - 34g
- Vitamin E - 17g
- Calendula powder - 14g
- Steric Acid - 51g
- Castor oil - 65g
- Coconut oil - 350g
- Emu oil - 90g
- Fragance oil- 65g
- Olive oil - 510g
- Optiphen- 43g
- Palm oil - 128g
- Sweet Almond oil - 128g
We recommend using glasses, gloves, and breathing masks for the soap making process, just to be safe.
- It is important to measure out and prepare all ingredients in advance. You won’t have time to measure the ingredients during the soap making process. Prepare all ingredients except for the caustic soda.
- Place the liquid aloe solution in a bowl. Measure the caustic soda and then carefully mix it into the aloe. Don’t do this the other way around because mixing the liquid into the powder will cause an adverse reaction. The mixture will heat up and react, which will start the mimosa soap making process.
- Wait until the temperature of the mixture drops down to 38°C - 43°C before adding sodium lactate to the mixture. Carefully stir the mix until everything is properly incorporated.
- While this is happening, mix coconut oil and palm oil in a separate container and heat it gently. Stir until both oils have melted and incorporated fully.
- Add yogurt powder and the soft oils to the oil mixture carefully and stir until everything is incorporated. Make sure there are no lumps and the blend is smooth. Set this mixture aside to cool down to -43°.
- Mix the mimosa hostilis root bark powder and calendula powder carefully while adding titanium dioxide to the mix. Titanium dioxide will lighten the color of the resultant soap and make it more appealing.
- After all the mixtures are cooled until they’re roughly of equal temperatures, add the first caustic soda and aloe mix to the mix of oils while stirring. Make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
- When the soap begins to emulsify or trace, add the other ingredients in quickly. Once all ingredients are mixed, pour the solution into soap molds.
- Insulate the soap molds with tea towels and set it aside to harden for at least 2 days. It is a good idea to cure the soap for at least a month before using it for the best results.
This recipe can be modified according to your liking so you can add some essential oils if desired. In order to make good quality soap you need to source good quality ingredients like the high-quality mimosa root and bark that we sell.