It produces a hard, long-lasting bar with insanely wonderful lather—fluffy with just the right amount of creaminess.
The coconut oil and palm kernel oil provide a deep cleansing but the cocoa butter, lard and olive oil keep it from drying out your skin. Activated charcoal and a little salt give you a gentle exfoliation to wash those cares and woes down the drain. And the lavender and hops work as a natural sedative.
I took a bath with this the night after I found Joyce Costello's body in The Hell's Kitchen Community Garden. I emerged from the tub quite relaxed and ready for a good night's sleep. All the better to start the next day trying to find out who killed her.
The recipe below is for a one pound batch at 7% superfat. I've included the percentages of the oils and the lye and water ratio to make it easier to convert it to a larger batch using SoapCalc.
Hops and Lavender Soap
1 oz. castor oil (6.25%)
2 oz. coconut oil, 76 degrees (12.5%)
2 oz. palm kernel oil (12.5%)
4 oz. olive oil infused with hops and lavender (25%)
4 oz. lard (25%)
3 oz. cocoa butter (18.75%)
2.2 oz. lye (26.595 % concentration)
6.08 oz. water
2 tsp. activated charcoal
½ tsp sea salt
Proceed as you would with any cold process soap recipe.
Add the charcoal to your freshly-made lye/water mixture and stir until it's completely incorporated and strain the mixture as you add it to the oils.