Monday, January 21, 2013
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is found in fresh bodies of water. Basically pond scum. I have searched for benefits of adding spirulina to soap and have only found that it has a natural lifting and firming property. I'm not sure I buy that. I wanted to use it for the beautiful hue. If it firms me up, all the better!
I have a friend who raves about this addition to his diet. The health benefits when adding spirulina to your diet are myriad. Please check out this link to see the benefits of adding spirulina to your diet. nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/what-is-spirulina.aspx
DISCLAIMER: If you have never made soap, please do not attempt this recipe until you have had a lot of practice with smaller batches. This is an 8 pound batch and it can be rather overwhelming. There are so many places on the web to learn. (My favorite is "Soap Queen")
1 lb. 3 oz. lye
3 lb. water
4 lb. 8 oz. olive oil
2 lb. Coconut oil
1 lb. 8 oz. Palm oil
8 tbs. Castor oil
2 tbs. spirulina powder
2. Mix lye and water (SAFETY FIRST)
3. Bring both oil and lye solution to 120 degrees and combine.
4. Bring to medium to thick trace and pour into prepared molds. I did not scent this batch as the spirulina scent went from pond to nature and was rather pleasant. It is totally up to you!
5. Cover mold with plastic and insulate with a towel. Don't peek for 24 hours.
6. Cut bars into desired size. I got mine a little thick this time. They weigh about 6.6 oz. Put on racks to cure for 4-6 weeks.