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Author Topic: Pumpkin Beer Soap Recipe  (Read 1485 times)
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« on: November 06, 2012, 01:49:23 PM »

This is recipe I developed for my fall hot process class. Generally when I work with purees I always use crock pot hot process method. If you try this via the RTCP or CPOP method although I don't recommend it please let me know how it comes out.

I'll give you my basic 3-oil classroom recipe but you can use any soap recipe you'd like.

NOTE: I always figure my recipes in percentages and additives in PPO (per pound of oils). I always go by soaping oil weight and not total batch weight.  I use to calculate my water and lye.

I'll give you the exact measurements for a 2lb batch (a little over 3lbs soap before cure)  but in parenthesis I'll give you the percentages and PPO usage for additives so you can adjust the batch size to your needs and mold specifications.

16oz (50%) Olive Oil
8oz (25%) Palm Oil
8oz (25%) Palm Kernel Oil Flakes
12.2oz (Default 38% water for Oils) Beer - flattened and chilled
4.5oz (set at default 5% superfat) sodium hydroxide

ADDITIVES (after the cook)
1/2 cup (1/4 cup PPO) Pumpkin Puree
1 tbsp (1-1/2tsp PPO) Ground Pumpkin Seeds (without shells)
1 fl. oz (1/2 oz PPO) Pumpkin Spice FO (I use Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from SOS)
1/2fl.oz. (1/4fl.oz. PPO) blend of orange, bergamot, ginger and clove essential oils.  (I used 1:2 ratio bergamot to orange and only 1ml each of clove and ginger)
Orange colorant (I used Celestial Colors Sweet Potato orange)

Make sure soap has cooked fully into gel stage and there is no zap before mixing in additives.

You can use any brand of beer. A spiced or pumpkin microbrew or amber brew such as Amberbock, Honeybrown, Killian's Red or Sam Adams Octoberfest would do nicely. You can boil out the alcohol if you prefer. I don't. Make sure to re-chill after the boil. Never add lye to hot water.

As for fragrance you can use solely FO or the EO blend. Decrease or increase amounts to your liking.  If you use any clove, cinnamon or ginger EOs only use small amounts (1/2ml PPO is my general rule of thumb) as they can be irritants.

Colorant is optional but if you want the soap to be more orange than brown I highly recommend it. I used Celestial Colors FD&C liquid dye but you could also use orange oxide pigment or paprika or whatever orange colorants you have on hand. Bleeding or non-bleeding make no difference for this application.

Let me know if you try it.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2012, 02:13:03 PM by JacquiO » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 05:58:15 AM »

thank you for sharing that technique!  I tried to make a pumpkin soap earlier in the year, and it didn't turn out all that well. So I haven't tried another one.

I would also like to try your EO combination.  Those sound  lovely together!
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012, 10:07:56 AM »

Thank so much for sharing! I tried a pumpking spice soap once and it turned brown (ugh) and also didn't hold its scent. Yours looks so appealing! Thank you!
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