Avocado Soap Recipe

Craft these moisturizing soap bars with this Avocado Soap recipe.

| September 2013

  • This avocado soap recipe yields a very moisturizing soap with antiwrinkle properties beneficial for dry skin.
    Photo By Lara Ferroni
  • Prepare the avocado slurry.
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  • Stick-blend until well mixed. The texture should resemble a melted milk shake.
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  • When the oils and the lye-water are both below 120 degrees Fahrenheit, add the lye-water to the oils, pouring it over a spatula or the shaft of the stick blender to minimize air bubbles.
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  • Mix the Green Chrome Oxide and the Yellow Oxide mixtures.
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  • Pour the 4-cup batch colored with just the Green Chrome Oxide into the mold.
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  • Pouring over a spatula to prevent breakthrough, pour the 4-cup Green Chrome Oxide plus Yellow Oxide batch into the mold.
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  • Pouring over a clean spoon, pour the 2-cup Yellow Oxide batch into the mold.
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  • Use the spoon to mound the soap into a peak that goes down the center of the mold lengthwise.
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  • A flattened peak that goes down the center of the mold lengthwise.
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  • Insert a swirl tool (such as a skewer or chopstick) into just the top 1/2 inch or so of soap.
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  • "Soap Crafting" offers step-by-step techniques for making 31 unique varieties of cold-process soaps.
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing

The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola, shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap that is better than what you can buy at the store! In Soap Crafting (Storey Publishing, 2013), she walks you through every step of 31 exciting recipes via simple instructions and great photography, making it easy to master the techniques you need and produce the soaps you want. The following Avocado Soap recipe is excerpted from chapter 8, “Inspired by Food.”

Buy this book in the Mother Earth Living store: Soap Crafting.

Soap Safely
• Work in a well-ventilated area. Do not breathe any fumes!
• Wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes.
• Don safety goggles (regular glasses are not sufficient protection) and rubber gloves during the entire soapmaking process.
• Keep children and pets away from your workspace.

Avocado Soap Recipe

Avocados are high in vitamins A, D, and E, and also contain high levels of lecithin, potassium, protein, and amino acids. In raw form, they can be used to treat sun-damaged skin. In soap, avocado is beneficial for dry, itchy skin, and its antiwrinkle properties make it a good addition to caring for mature skin.

To ensure against browning, put the soap in the freezer after pouring it into the mold. This will prevent the soap from going through gel phase by keeping the batch cool.

1/14/2014 9:16:21 AM

My grandmother (1880, 1985) made lye soap. Wash tub with lard in it, setting on a couple of blocks with a wood fire under it. She would add the lye, stir with a wooden spoon, then test with red cabbage. When the cabbage would turn a certain color pink, she would give it a finial stir, no more lye, and remove from fire. The next day she would take a kitchen knife and shave into flakes and use the soap for laundry. The cabbage was actually a PH test and the soap was never harsh. Large wash tub, only a couple of inches of lard, made about 5 to 8 pounds of soap. No water used!!cannot be done inside because of the fumes. Don't try this method to risky.

Jeannine Love
9/23/2013 4:15:43 PM

I try to avoid palm oil for ecological/ environmental reasons. Is there an alternative that could be used in this recipe? (And why in the world would a site called "Mother Earth Living" promote the use of palm oil?)



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