Creamy Carrot Soap – an unscented carrot cold processed soap that’s simple to make! Perfect for little ones or anyone with sensitive skin!
Carrot Soap is a wonderful soap for baby because it is gentle and mild – great for those with sensitive skin.
Cold process soaps can take so many different forms — fragrance oils, colorants, clays, and even essential oils. You can use raw cow milk, goat milk or even your favorite wine. When it all comes down to it though, I love unscented bars more than anything – because they are so gentle.
This carrot soap is super easy to make and lovely to gift (or sell) to those with a new baby, small children, or with sensitive ski.
To get started, you’ll want to puree freshly steamed carrots – I like to peel my carrots and cut into small pieces, then simmer in a pot, covered adequately with water. I then use a slotted spoon to add the carrots to my food processor along with a small portion of the cooking water to form a nice, orange puree.
You could also use baby food too — just make sure that there are no added ingredients. (I prefer Beech Nut Naturals, 4 oz jars).
Unscented Carrot and Milk Soap (6% super fat)
Please use a scale to weigh the ingredients and ensure they are accurate.
- 4.6 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 10.99 oz liquid less a 10% discount (water, or milk – frozen into cubes)***
(after discount liquid portion should measure at 9.89 oz.)
Oils and Fats:
- 3 oz Avocado Oil
- 2 oz Rice Bran Oil
- 10 oz Olive Oil
- 8.5 oz Coconut Oil
- 3 oz Unrefined Shea Butter
- 5 oz Beef Tallow
- 1.8 oz Castor Oil
- 4 oz carrots, either your own, pureed, or baby food jar (I like Beech Nut Naturals – add at trace)
- 1 Tbsp honey (added at trace)
Before you Start
Prepare all of your ingredients – and have everything set aside to start:
- Thermometer (one that you don’t use for food)
- 1 rectangular mold
- Pyrex 8 cup measuring device – not required, but so handy to have!
- Immersion Blender – you don’t have to spend oodles but you will want something reliable with a metal stick, not plastic.
- Lye – this is the brand we use
- Digital Scale to measure your ingredients
Step by Step:
Step 1: Slowly add the lye to the liquid portion over a sink. Open up the windows behind the sink or place a fan behind you to dissipate the fumes. Make sure you are wearing safety goggles or gear, long sleeves and gloves. The mixture will get hot very quickly and the fumes will be strong until the mixture cools.
*If you are using milk in lieu of water, you’ll want to weigh the milk, then freeze into an ice cube tray prior to making this soap. Once it’s frozen, add the cubes to a container you have dedicated solely to soap making. Slowly add the lye (little by little), and stir continually until the lye is dissolved (3-4 minutes).
Step 2: Set aside your lye + liquid mixture and allow to cool to 100-105 degrees F. In the meantime, prepare your oils by measuring them on the scale. Melt the shea/tallow/coconut oil just until melted. Combine all of the oils in a large bowl and set them aside until you are ready to mix with the lye mixture. They should be at room temperature.
Step 3: Once you are ready to make your soap, add your lye + liquid to the oils/fats, and blend with a stick blender. Avoid running the stick blender for long periods. 10-15 second bursts with short breaks will be sufficient.
Step 4: Carefully add the carrots and honey directly to the soap mixture. Continue to blend in short intervals until the mixture reaches a trace (the mixture will start to thicken like pudding), 3-4 minutes (your time may vary slightly).
Pour the thickened soap batter into your soap mold and level off (for flat top soap) or, use a spoon to “peak” the top of the soap. Push to the rear of the counter top or place in a closet for 24-48 hours.
Step 5: After 24-48 hours, remove from the mold. If your soap is still too soft, set it in the freezer for 30 minutes and then try to remove from the mold. Bring to room temperature before using a soap cutter to cut into bars. Allow the soap to cure for 4-6 weeks before using.
Looking to change out the oils? Make sure you use a lye calculator to re-run the recipe and ensure you have the correct amount of lye.
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