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Selasa, 22 April 2008


Melt and Pour Shaving Soap

A real treat
A warning - once you try a real soap to shave with, you'll never use a commercial shaving cream again!

Shaving soap is not much different than regular soap except for some added cosmetic clay. The clay helps give the soap extra "slip" and also works to purify your skin. (Think of a clay or mud mask.)

For this project you'll need:

  1. * Melt and Pour soap base - I'm using a plain white base, though you can use clear, aloe, goat's milk or other base just as easily
  1. * 2 tsps. of clay per pound of soap base - I prefer Bentonite clay, though you can use Kaolin, Rhassoul or Fuller's Earth (Buy soapmaking clays direct)
  1. * A mug, cup or tin to put the soap into
  1. * Fragrance or Essential oil appropriate for the person using the soap - be sure that it's mild enough for sensitive skin - I'm using a light combination of lavender, orange and patchouli
  1. * Basic understanding and equipment for melt and pour soap making
  1. * And though not part of the recipe, you'll also need a shaving brush.

Note: If you want to make a batch of shaving soap from scratch, check out my Cold Process Shaving Soap recipe. Get all of your ingredients together and:

  • 1. Melt your soap base in the microwave or a double boiler
  • 2. Once it's melted, add in 2 tsps. of clay for each pound of soap base you've melted
  • 3. Stir well, making sure that all of the clay gets dissolved
  • 4. Add in your fragrance or essential oil and stir
  • 5. Pour it into your mugs or cups. If you have gotten a lot of bubbles from stirring, just spritz them with a bit of rubbing alcohol
  • 6. When the soap has cooled and thickened a bit, give it one more gentle stir. The clay can sometimes have a tendency to settle to the bottom of the mug.

That's it! Experiment with different clays, soap bases or fragrances. They'll all be just a little bit different. Remember that a real shaving soap is not going to be as foamy as a commercial shaving cream - but with the clay, it has just as much "slip."

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