Mango-Avocado Anti-Aging Super Moisture Soap Recipe (Plus, Two Variations: Pink Grapefruit, Cinnamon, & Patchouli OR Lavender-Lemon-Palmarosa)
Moving really puts a crinkle in your old habits, doesn't it? If you've made a major move at all, then you certainly know this! Well, I haven't made soap like normal since we've moved here to Idaho--for about two whole months, in fact! After making my Mango-Lime Deodorant, though, I have been feeling inspired to get my soap making mojo going again.
I created a brand new anti-aging soap recipe using Mango Butter and Avocado Oil! Both are great for your skin, especially if you have dry, mature skin or suffer from itchy conditions sometimes.
Why is Mango Butter Great for Soap Making?
Mmmmmmm. First of all, it smells SO good, although it doesn't really come through in the soap. But, what it does for our skin is incredible.
Mango Butter is pressed from the seed of the species, Mangifera Indica, mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia. It's just wonderful for soap making because of its super-moisturizing properties. It's especially good for dry, mature, itchy skin. It is proven to help with eczema and has mild UV protection. Source
Using mango butter in soap helps create a nice hard bar with good lathering capabilities. But mostly, it has exceptional skin conditioning properties.
Why is Avocado Oil Great for Soap Making?
Avocado Oil (Persea gratissimia) is used often in the cosmetic industry. It's high in nutrients, and like Mango Butter, it helps mature and dry skin because of its moisturizing powers. Although avocado oil creates more of a creamy lather than a bubbly lather, the other oils used in this soap provide good cleansing benefits.
I wanted this soap to be have properties that would help with anti-aging and moisurization, so that's why the Avocado Oil is added. I think it turned out great using avocado oil.
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Castor Oils:
These three oils are very commonly used in handmade soap recipes because of their lower cost as well as their specific properties. Coconut oil is very cleansing and creates a good lather. Olive oil is very conditioning for the skin. Castor oil also helps boost the cleansing ability of this handmade natural soap. You can find out about my 20 Best Oils & Butters to Use in Your Homemade Skincare Products in this link.
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How to Make Mango-Avocado Anti-Aging Handmade Soap
This is a hot process soap recipe, and if you want to use it for cold process, it should work fine with no adjustments. It's already super-fatted 5%, and since the oils used in this soap are very moisturizing, I personally wouldn't add any additional oils. You can check it through the soap calculator at SoapCalc.net if you like.
Ingredients for Mango-Avocado Anti-Aging Soap Recipe
The Oil Mixture:
*** 14.4 ounces Olive Oil (I purchase my olive oil and coconut oil from Costco, but the links included here are to Amazon for your convenience.)
*** 10.8 ounces Coconut Oil
*** 5.4 ounces Mango Butter
*** 3.6 ounces Avocado Oil
*** 1.8 ounces Castor Oil
The Lye Solution:
13.68 ounces Water
5.11 ounces Lye (I prefer Food Grade Lye)
Here are the Scent & Color Variations I Made for This Recipe:
I made the same recipe using two different essential oil combinations and colorant options. Here they are, if you want to try them. This soap would be great as an unscented, uncolored soap too!
NOTE: For making soap, you need to use essential oils in some quantity. Therefore, the essential oil links below are for Amazon. I feel these brands are fine for making soap, although not my favorite for using therapeutically. My favorite place to purchase good essential oils in quantity for making soap is through Starwest Botanicals.
You may be interested in How to Choose a Good Essential Oil Company That Won't Break the Bank.
Essential Oils & Colorant for Soap #1:
This blend is sweet and spicy. It would be great all year round!
2 ounces Grapefruit Essential Oil
1 ounce Patchouli Essential Oil (to ground the citrus, plus it's great for the skin)
1 ounce Cinnamon Essential Oil (to spice it up and enhances circulation)
1 tablespoon Rose Kaolin Clay (gives it a smooth lather, great for shaving, plus a pretty pink color)
Essential Oils & Colorant for Soap #2:
This blend variation is floral and fresh. It's wonderful for summer, or anytime!
1.5 ounces Lavender Essential Oil
.75 ounces Lemon Essential Oil
.75 ounces Palmarosa Essential Oil
** I did not use colorant for this bar because I wanted to see the natural color. It's a lovely creamy off white color.
Directions for Making Hot Process Handmade Soap
This is going to be a short set of directions for making hot process soap. If you are experienced at making soap, this will suffice for you.
If you are brand new to soap making or have little experience, please read through these complete soap making picture tutorials: How to Make Hot Process Soap and Lavender-Rosemary-Vanilla Hot Process soap. You can also purchase my eBook on Making Hot Process Soap and Customizing it for You here.
Tools You Need to Make Hot Process Soap
Most items you'll need to make hot process soap are the same as cold process method, but there are some very important differences. Here's a list of things you'll need to make your own hot process soap successfully:
1) A large crock pot
2) A digital kitchen scale (VERY important, as measurements need to be as exact as possible)
3) A hand blender (also important, because otherwise you will be stirring for hours!)
4) Heat resistant measuring containers. I like these from Pyrex.
5) A soap mold for a three pound batch (that's what this recipe is)
6) Wooden spoons (You don't want to use anything besides wood or stainless steel for stirring your lye or caustic soap.)
7) Safety Gear: Glasses and gloves
Basic Hot Process Soap Making Directions:
I measure out my oils into the crock pot set on LOW first. That way, the butters and oils can get mixed and melted while you measure out your lye solution. Pour your lye solution into the crock pot once the oils are melted completely. You don't need to worry about temperatures being low enough because you're going to cook your mixture anyway!
Bring the mixture of oils and lye solution to trace. This recipe comes to trace really quickly, which is nice. Put your lid on the crock pot, and start the cook!
Stir your soap after about 15 minutes, or when you see a good amount of soap gelling and rising up the sides of the crock pot. I like to stir several times during the cooking process because it gives a smoother, more uniform cook--plus, I feel it cooks more quickly this way.
Once you have a nice translucent, gelled mixture and a bit feels waxy to touch, it's done. I like to do the ZAP test just in case. You can find out more about that in the tutorials mentioned above.
Pour (glop) the soap into the soap mold, pressing down really well to make sure there are no air pockets. Allow to cool completely before unmolding.
If you don't like the rustic "bread top" of hot process soap, you can cut it off while the soap is still cooling, after about an hour or so. This will give your soap a nice, smooth, finished top.
Unmold and enjoy!
NOTE: This is a softer soap than my basic recipe, which I can use right away. For this soap recipe, I recommend letting it sit for a few days to increase the evaporation of any additional liquid before using it. You can still use it right away, but it will not last quite as long. Don't worry---it will harden up well in a few days, though.
Final Thoughts on Mango-Avocado Anti-Aging Soap Recipe
You know what? It felt SO good to make soap again! I feel like I'm getting my soap-making groove back! :-)
This is really a great soap recipe (or I wouldn't be sharing it here)! It's cleansing without being harsh, and it leaves your skin feeling great--not dry or stretched like other soaps. It's gentle enough for your face too.
I think next time I make it, I will use an essential oil blend that includes Frankincense essential oil because Frankincense essential oil adds some powerful skin conditioning properties too. You can find out about the Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil here.
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Do you make your own soaps? I'm curious, too---which is your favorite method? Hot process or cold process? I'm always interested in what people think of the two styles. Leave a comment for us in the comments section! :-)
Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,
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