For 5 soaps of 105g we will need:
- 119g Olive oil
- 119g Coconut oil
- 119g Palm oil
- 15g Argan Oil
- 22g Red pumpkin puree
- 55g Caustic soda (NaOH)
- 131g Deionized water or 110g deionized water & 21g Milk of your choice.
- 26g Pumpkin pie F.O. (fragrance)
- A large jug (2L+),
- A small jug (0.5L),
- Small hand mixer,
- Hand mixer or hand blender,
- Protective goggles,
- Mold for 5 seats.
After putting on our protective gear, we take the small 0.5L jug and weigh 131g of deionized water. Then add 55 g of caustic soda (NaOH) to the same jug. – ATTENTION!! add the baking soda to the water. Otherwise there is a SERIOUS RISK of injury – and stir the solution carefully, with slow, steady movements. During dissolution, vapours are produced which should not be inhaled.
Set aside the solution to cool and reach 45C.
Then place the large jug on the scale and weigh the rest of the ingredients, one by one, except for the perfume. Make sure your ingredients are at a temperature close to 45C. It is good, for the recipe to proceed, that the soda solution and our oils are at the same temperature.
After checking the temperature of the ingredients, add the soda solution (small jug) to the oils (large jug). At this point, take the stick blender and mix the ingredients until they are properly homogenized and a thin cream is created. Finally, add the flavouring and mix again until a thick cream is formed.
Transfer the mixture to the mould and let it rest for a day – at least – before decanting it.
Once the soap is out of the mold, cut it into five equal pieces and leave it for a few days in a shady and well-ventilated area to mature.
A few words about the soap you have in your hands…
Red pumpkin is a vegetable that can be found fresh during the autumn season. It is associated in our minds with the deliciously sweet pumpkin pie, but also with the lanterns that are traditionally made in the United States of America during Halloween. The red pumpkin, however, due to its high content of antioxidants – mainly vitamin E – and fatty acids gives the soap excellent properties. Antioxidants help to stabilize the destruction of cells due to free radicals, while vitamin E can help reduce some symptoms of psoriasis.