Cinnamon-Vanilla Hot Process Soap: You've GOT to Try this Recipe for One of My Most Popular Soaps!
This is seriously one of my best-smelling soaps! Men love it! Women love it! It's just loved by everyone! Scented with Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Patchouli essential oils and colored with Rose Kaolin Clay and Organic Ground Cinnamon---It's just a wonderful soap that always lathers well and smells amazing! You'll love this one! Here are directions and the recipe! :-) Enjoy!
BTW, a little heads up for the ladies---Cinnamon essential oil is thought to be an aphrodisiac for men! Give you any ideas? :-)
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***For extra complete picture tutorials of how to make hot process soap, see Make Your Own Soap! and Lavender-Rosemary-Vanilla Hot Process Soap. These are my most complete tutorials, and my other soap articles are very detailed too. For this recipe, I'm going to be pretty brief with fewer pictures.
You can also pick up my complete eBook on How to Make Hot Process Soap that includes everything you need to know, along with recipe variations and lists & charts so you can make your own soap creations!
Tools You'll Need for Making Hot Process Soap
Hot process and cold process soap making differ just a bit in the tools required. For making hot process soap, here are the basic items you'll need to have on hand:
1) A large crock pot--
A manual setting pot is just fine, in fact I think the simpler the better. This crock pot should be dedicated to making soap!
You'll need heat resistant because the chemical reaction from the lye solution causes it to get REALLY hot!
3) A hand blender
This is definitely a necessity. You'll need to stir the soap mixture to trace, like a thick pudding, and by hand, this could take hours! The hand blender cuts that time down very significantly!
4) Safety Gear---An ABSOLUTE MUST!
Safety Glasses cover your eyes and protect them from potential splatters--and yes, they do happen. You should also plan on getting some long gloves to protect your hands and arms when working with the caustic mixture.
You must have one of these to accurately measure the ingredients. I try to get my measurements to the nearest hundredth! I actually have two of these.
I like to use wood because it feels traditional. But besides that, you can't use any metal during your soap making that might be reactive. I actually label the handles "SOAP" and keep them separate with my soap making items.
7) Soap Mold
The one linked through Amazon above is on my wish list! I've been wanting to get it for a LONG time! The ones I use are reinforced silicone, without the wood holder. They work fine, but I like the wood!
8) Soap Cutters
A soap cutter is purely optional. You can just use a sharp knife, if you like---but the soap cutter helps give you a great straight cut, and you can buy cutters with waves too!
Cinnamon-Vanilla (Peaceful Warrior) Soap Recipe
15 ounces Olive Oil (I buy my coconut oil from Costco)
12 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
6 ounces Shea Butter
1.5 ounces Castor Oil
15 ounces distilled water
7.2 ounces food grade sodium hydroxide
1 or 2 Tbsp Rose Kaolin Clay
1 Tbsp ground Cinnamon (slightly exfoliates, too)
Essential Oil Blend for Fragrance:
1 ounce Cinnamon Essential Oil
1 1/2 ounce Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Essential Oil or you can use Benzoin too
1/2 ounce Patchouli essential oil to ground the scents
You'll be using quite a bit of essential oil to make soap, and purchasing the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils (like from doTerra) is extremely price inhibitive. I have found that the essential oils I purchase from Starwest Botanicals are great for soap making, and they are also of good quality, although not therapeutic grade.
Directions for Peaceful Warrior (Cinnamon-Vanilla) Hot Process Soap
***Again, these are BASIC directions! If you are new to hot process soap making PLEASE read through my more complete tutorials linked in the introduction, and you will be SUPER comfortable with the process. It's actually easy--you just need to be sure you are safe!
Mix the oils in the crock pot, set on LOW on let them melt together.
While the oils are melting, get your lye solution ready. Measure out your water. Measure out your lye. Pour the Lye INTO the water (NEVER the other way around!) Stir until completely dissolved, and let sit until the oils in the crock pot are liquified.
Add the colorant (1 or 2 tbsp. kaolin pink clay) to the oils in the crock pot.
Blend your essential oils and have them ready....but DON'T add them yet! Adding your EO's is one of the final steps.
When your oils are liquified in the crock pot, slowly add in your lye solution. Using your hand blender, bring the mixture to trace. (See tutorials: How to Make Hot Process Soap and/or Lavender-Rosemary-Vanilla Hot Process Soap for detailed instructions and pictures.)
Now is the cook time. You'll need to stir it down one to three times, generally, until it reaches a translucent, waxy state. There should be NO opaque pieces or any liquid left!
I always do the "ZAP" test. Take a bit of the soap, and it should feel waxy, moldable, and when you place it on your tongue, you should not feel a "zap"---just a soapy taste! You'll know it's ready then. Again, see How to Make Hot Process Soap and Lavender-Rosemary-Vanilla Soap for details.
Turn the crock pot off. Let the soap "rest" for a minute or two--not too long though--you don't want it setting up yet. You just want it a little cooler for the essential oils.
Add your essential oil blend and STIR like crazy for a couple of minutes until it's completely combined.
Add the Ground Cinnamon Powder (about a tablespoon or so) and just stir a little until you have swirls--you don't need to completely stir the cinnamon in---in fact, the soap is prettier if it has chunky swirls in it. The Cinnamon powder adds a bit of exfoliation to the soap.
Using your wooden spoon, plop your soap into the soap mold. Press down really well to make sure there are no air pockets. I always pick up the mold and drop it an inch or two onto the counter to jar it a little extra to help the soap settle completely into the mold.
Allow to cool. You can slice the top off after about an hour, and you'll have the top to keep for yourself, leaving a nice smooth top in case you want to give away bars for gifts or sell it!
Unmold your block of ready to use soap!
Cut your soap as needed!
I keep my blocks of soap intact until I'm either ready to use a bar or give some away. The essential oils stay stronger that way, and your soap lasts a SUPER long time! This is one of the key differences between hot and cold process soap. You can cut the block as you need it!
Although your soap is ready right away, it's a good idea to allow it to cure for about a week or so before using it, just to allow any additional moisture to evaporate. Doing this will just give it a little more "lasting" time. Store your soap in a well-drained soap dish! you don't want it sitting in a puddle of water.
That's it! Even though there are a lot of steps, it's really quite simple. Go through it slowly at first, and it will become second nature for you!
Do you make hot process soap? Which is your favorite? Hot or Cold process? I'd love to know your thoughts! I'd actually like to experiment more with Cold Process, but I lack the patience to wait until it's done! I'm sure I'll eventually get there. LOL. Please leave comments and let me know what you think!
Hugs & Self-Reliance!
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