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Banana Soap

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Kids and adults love bananas and will go bananas over this skin softening soap. This is a melt and pour or milled soap recipe from Maria Nerius.
 

Bananas


Materials:

  • 3 cups grated soap base
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup beeswax chips
  • ¼ cup pureed banana (must be fresh, ripe and no bruising)
  • ¼ teaspoon of citric acid (or 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
  • ½ teaspoon or 20 drops Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • ½ cup dried milk
  • 10 drops banana FO
  • 10 drops coconut EO
  • Hand Grater/Food Processor
  • Measuring Cups
  • Double Boiler
  • Wood Spoon

Optional

  • 1/4 – 1/2 disk of yellow soap colorant
  • 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil, California walnut oil or other carrier/base oil

Instructions:

  1. Grate soap and measure out 3 cups. Gather and pre-measure all other ingredients.
     
  2. Puree the banana and add citric acid.
     
  3. Prepare double boiler. Melt together the grated soap and water.
     
  4. Once soap has melted add the beeswax.
     
  5. When the beeswax has melted and been mixed well into the soap mixture you can add colorant if you desire. Place the colorant and 1 tablespoon of carrier/base oil in a small glass dish. Place in microwave on a low temperature and heat in 10-second intervals until colorant is dissolved in the carrier/base oil. Stir and add to the melted soap. Mix well by stirring.
     
  6. Remove soap from heat and add remaining ingredients and mix well.
     
  7. Allow soap to cool and thicken. Once cool to touch, remove a small handful and shape in to a ball.
     
  8. Let the soap balls dry for several hours. This time experiment with shapes. Flatten the soap ball in to a thick flat shape. Let soap dry for 24-48 hours.
     
  9. Let soap dry for 24-48 hours. Mix a few drops of coconut EO with 1-2 tablespoons of carrier/base oil like almond oil or coconut oil. Apply a small amount of this oil to your hands. Pick up one soap at a time and polish the soap with your hands. Repeat process for remaining soap. Allow the soap to air dry for 24-48 hours.

FO: Fragrance Oil designed for cosmetic use
EO: Essential Oil
 

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