lavender orange soap recipe

This Lavender Orange soap recipe was called ‘Sunflower’ in my store, because of the fresh and happy scent and the superfatting with sunflower oil.  This soap has 2 essential oils, flower petals, a colorant and sunflower oil. This maybe wasn’t one of the best sellers in the store, but it was a pretty one. Perhaps if we had called it Lavender and Orange it may have sold better, because sometimes the name makes all the difference in whether someone wants to buy your soap or not.

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This is what my Lavender & Orange bar w/calendula petals looked like

Lavender Orange soap recipe:

  • Basic #2 recipe: (other base recipes here)
    51.2 oz Olive/Canola blended oils
    6.2 oz Coconut oil
    6.2 oz Palm oil
    23.4 oz water
    8.6 oz lye crystals
  • for this scented bar, add:
  • 4 T of Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 2 T of Lavender essential oil
  • superfatting: optional
  • 2 T of sunflower oil to be added at trace
  • other additions: optional
  • 0.5 (1/2 oz) of calendula petals
  • colorant: optional
  • 1/4 tsp of liquid yellow color, just to brighten the bar a little

I love the design of the following soap. It displays the scent very well, with the lavender tinted layer on the bottom and the natural layer with swirly orange soap pieces helping to represent the orange. The swirly pieces are actually soap, so you could forgo the calendula and go this route.

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The following soap shows the calendula petals on the inside and out:

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And here is a lavender orange soap recipe, with vanilla as well, and using 3 colorants to represent the 3 scents, and you can still see the soap base with the flower petals surrounding the outside. This would have been poured before the soap was too thick, first the base, then purple, white and orange, with each layer landing on top of and pushing down on the previous layer.


Superfatting, trace and calendula petals:

Superfatting (link here) is the addition of extra oils at the time of trace. Trace (link here) is when the lye water and the oils have finally become a soap and the soap begins thicken and not separate. So just before you are to pour your soap into the mold, this is the time to add the extra oils. The purpose of these oils is to create an extra moisturizing bar, as these late added oils do not get emulsified with the lye water and become soap. The extra oil remains separated from the soap, sorta, and you can feel the difference later when using the bar. Usually cocoa butter or shea butter is used as a super fat but really you can use almost any oil or butter.

About Calendula petals:

Calendula petals are perfect for soap because the caustic-ness of the lye water does not burn the petals. For instance, lavender petals look great but these do turn brown when added to soap, but we still like the look of them. I’ve added rose petals to soap and those burn or brown as well.

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Perhaps plain and simple lavender soap is what you are looking for, the recipe is here.

Here is some information about the benefits of sunflower oil and skin care.

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