This Avocado Oil soap recipe has the added benefit of comfrey infused Olive Oil which is reported to have skin healing properties.
The addition of Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Geranium and Patchouli essential oils give the soap a soft herbal lemon scent.
This recipe is a three step process (if you make it to look like mine as seen on this page) so be sure to read it through first.
You can easily make this recipe Palm Free, by simply switching out the palm oil for lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter and re-running the recipe through a lye calculator to get the correct amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) needed.
Avocado Oil - 90 gr. | 3.18 oz. | 10%
Coconut Oil - 270 gr. | 9.52 oz. | 30%
Comfrey Infused Olive Oil - 270 gr. | 9.52 oz. |30%
Palm Oil** - 270 gr. | 9.52 oz. | 30%
Distilled Water - 326.1 gr. | 11.5 oz.
Lye - 125.4 gr. | 4.4 oz.
Water as % of Oils = 36.23
Super Fat/Discount = 8%
Patchouli E/O - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Sweet Orange E/O - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Rose Geranium E/O - 3 tsp. (15 ml)
Lemongrass E/O - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Orris Root Powder - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Hydrated Chromium Green Oxide - 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml)
**If you cannot find ethically sourced palm oil or would prefer to not use palm oil at all, it can be substituted with lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. Re-run the recipe through the lye calculator before making.
If you are planning on making this soap with the white soap curls pictured, begin by making a batch of the Basic Homemade Soap.
Once the white soap has finished insulating, follow the directions for creating soap curls.
Place your soap curls in your lined soap mould and put aside.
The base recipe is my standard size and uses 900 grams of oil. Depending on how many curls you use and the size of your soap mould, you may need a separate mould to pour any extra soap base into.
Prepare a comfrey infusion using olive oil.
Place 1 cup of dried comfrey in a crock pot and cover with about 2 cups of olive oil. Set the crock pot on low for an hour and then turn off. Leave covered overnight and strain out the herb through a coffee filter the following day.
You can use either the Room Temperature Method or the Cold Process Method of soap making. The instructions for both can be found on The Process page.
Once your soap reaches a light trace, you can add in the orris root and the chromium green oxide. Be sure to blend well. Add in the essential oils and mix again. Gently pour the liquid soap over the soap curls taking care to not mess up your design.
Insulate the soap as usual.
Once you are ready to cut your avocado oil soap, you will need to make sure to cut the soap in a way that will maximize the look.
The following picture is an example of how to cut a soap log that has curls embedded in it.
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