Natural Clays though good at detoxing and cleansing, aren't always that flash to look at! Sea Clay has an abundance of minerals, but it can be a little dull colour-wise, so we teamed it up with Neroli and Shea Blossom Fragrance, to really lift the soap by its scent!
This technique is almost like marbling paper, and you control whether you want the clay portion to settle to the bottom, or be mixed throughout the soap. I had a little play with some surface decoration too, so there's a bit of a selection to see, just go with what you feel like doing!
- Microwave jugs, spoons, stirrer's and your usual equipment
- Measure out the Sodium Lactate Plus into a small cup or jug and add the sea Clay. Use a mini mixer or stirrer to mix until all the lumps have been removed and the mixture is a smooth slurry
- Set this aside
- Dice the Shea Butter Soap Base into small chunks, and place in microwave, cover and melt on medium/low in 30 second bursts until it is melted. Keep the temperature to around 65°C
- Whilst this is melting, dice the clear soap and then melt
- Place the clay mixture container in some warm water or warm gently in microwave on low (ensure that the container you are using can take the heat alternatively you can warm the Sodium Lactate first). You are heating this so that when you mix it into the melted clear soap it doesn't form a big clump as the cold clay mixture hits the hot liquid soap
- Mix well into the clear soap using a milk frother (mini mixer) until it's a smooth, grey mixture
- Add the fragrance to the two containers - 25g/ml to the white soap, and 5g/ml to the clay mixture, stir well to combine
- Begin pouring the white base into the mould cavitites until each is 2/3 full and give a spritz with alcohol on the surface to remove bubbles and break the surface tension
- Stir the clay mixture and then pour the soap from about 15 cm into the mould cavities. This is where you decide what look you are going for. I wanted a marbled effect on the base, so I poured about a teaspoon or two and then sprayed the surface with alcohol, and moved to the second cavity etc. The alcohol changes the surface tension allowing this marbling to occur. If you prefer it swirled through the bars - pour and then use a popstick or teaspoon to give a quick swirl through the liquid soap and then spritz the top with alcohol
- Continue until you have used all the soap and achieved the look you want.
- I decided to have a play with the surface finish, but on reflection, I decided to use the marbled bases of the soap as the "front", rather than the surfaces with the clay spritzed soap