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« on: June 18, 2012 07:44:20 AM »

Thanks Harry Nilsson, I'm now "Lime in the Coconut" obsessed Smiley  I decided to make a quick little Lime and Coconut batch of soap this weekend using leftover oils I had in my pantry:





Lime in the Coconut Soap:

35 oz Olive Oil
15 oz Coconut Oil
9 oz Palm Oil
6 oz Shortening (the cheap Veggie/Cottonseed Oil one)

8.9 oz Lye
10 oz Chilled Coconut Milk
10 oz Water
4 oz distilled Lime EO
Shredded Coconut and Lime zest

It was so warm out, I didn't even premelt my oils.  I added the coconut milk, EO, and half the shredded coconut and lime zest at trace.  I topped the bars with the other half when they were in the mold.  It has a great texture, I like the little flecks of lime zest, and it smells really nice!

After that, I was still obsessed, so I made a pie Smiley



yeah yeah, we ate half, whatever Wink  Basically, a stick of butter (yeah yeah a stick of butter, whatever!), enough flour to make a roux.  Then a can of coconut milk, juice and zest of 4 limes, a little milk, pinch of salt, sugar to taste, and an egg.  The crust is just like a graham cracker crust, but I used sugar cones all ground up instead!  Oooo, naughty Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012 07:55:32 AM »

um, both look awesome! Love!
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012 09:48:06 AM »

I agree, the pie looks delicious and the soap looks wonderful. I love coconut and lime! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012 10:42:30 AM »

Oh man! THat looks like it smells so good! Might give it a try! Thanks for sharing!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012 04:23:14 PM »

I am so in love with handmade soaps and this one looks awesome! The pie looks divine. It's a good thing you don't consume calories just from looking!
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2012 06:25:51 PM »

I'm not a coconut fan, but your pie and soap both look DELICIOUS!
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2012 02:50:51 PM »

Your soap looks divine! Makes me think of sunny days in the Florida Keys.
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2012 02:32:55 PM »

omg I can almost smell it!
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2012 09:46:15 AM »

I love the look, and I'm pretty sure I would love the smell - I've never made soap before, but this makes me want to try it!  Is it difficult to do?   Huh  My skin is fairly sensitive, does the lye make the soap harsh?  Or is there something else you can substitute for the lye?    Cool

And what is the distilled Lime EO?  Where do you buy soap making supplies?    Tongue


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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2012 10:20:10 AM »

I love the look, and I'm pretty sure I would love the smell - I've never made soap before, but this makes me want to try it!  Is it difficult to do?   Huh  My skin is fairly sensitive, does the lye make the soap harsh?  Or is there something else you can substitute for the lye?    Cool

And what is the distilled Lime EO?  Where do you buy soap making supplies?    Tongue


It took me about a year to learn how to make soap properly, and I've tooled it after that.  I would say the recipe is the hardest part to master, the percentage of oils etc.  I would recommend the MMS Lye Calculator and Ohhappyday's Soap tutorial here on Craftster.  It's not that hard once you get the hang of it and it's really fun!  Homemade soap is actually much milder on your skin that most commercial soaps.  The lye mixes with the oils and through a complicated magical process that I don't totally understand, converts itself into soap.  The lye is only dangerous until the soap sets up and cures a little, it's perfectly safe once the soap hardens.  I always add about 6% extra oils too (it's called super fatting), so this makes sure the lye has plenty of oil to party with, and leaves the soap really soft and moisturizing.  Lye is necessary to make homemade soap, but if you wanted to start with something easier, you could always try melt and pour (basically all natural soap base that's premade.. you just melt it and add the essential oils that you want). 

I'm not totally sure what the difference between regular and distilled essential oils is, other than distilled is cheaper haha!  I made sure you could use it in soap, and it's fine for Lime.  I think the regular Lime EO smells a little less sweet than the distilled, but both are great in soap, and the distilled was about 50% cheaper than regular.

I buy all of my soap scents from Brambleberry or Sweet Cakes, but sometimes I get essential oils at my local natural food store (if I'm out of time).  I get all of my oils at Aldi or the grocery store and watch for sales.  Bulk hasn't been drastically cheaper so far, but I may get to that point soon.

Anyway, convo me with questions, I hope you try making soap!
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