soap making

Beach Paradise soap

IMG_0059I wanted to make this soap since the start of the summer, yet I had not gotten around to it until now, when summer is almost gone.

I have been in the search for a piña colada fragrance since I began to make soaps about a year ago.  Most of the coconut fragrances I have found have vanilla and discolor, so I was keen to find one that did not.

So when I found “Coconut water and Pineaple” fragrance from Crafter’s Choice, with 0% vanilla, I had to try it.  The fragrance is supposed to behave well, though it might cause mild separation, and a tan or yellow discoloration.  I did experience light ricing towards the end but nothing that a quick stir could not solve.  And since my colors are teal and yellow for the sand, the discoloration to tan or yellow should not be a problem.

Speaking of colorants, I used a tiny bit of yellow oxide for the sand look, which I complemented with orange peel granules for some mild exfoliation and to enhance the look of the sand.  For the water I used Synergy Mica Powder from Nurture Soap, white kaolin clay for the lighter portion.  And I embellished the top with much of the same, plus coarse sea salt and a light dusting of Super Sparkles plastic free Enviroglitter from Nurture as well.

I had made several soap dough embeds as well, some that reflect the fragrance alone (pineapple and coconuts) and some that just make me think of an island adventure.  A treasure chest, a message in a bottle, palm trees and teeny tiny coconuts.

Because of my recipe and the water discount, my soap batter comes to trace rather fast even if I just bring it to emulsion.   So I did not have big plans for the inside.  Besides, I like to keep the soap balanced, if the top is already very decorated, I prefer the body of the soap simpler.  Which is why I went initially with only two colors, and last minute I added the white kaolin clay.  This thicker texture worked on my favor when by serendipity I managed to make some waves, with the leftover soap in the containers.

IMG_0056I decided to use some frozen goat milk instead of water, it was a spur of the moment choice to help me clean up the freezer, and in hindsight, I wish I had thought about it more.  As I used a long mold which meant putting it in  the freezer was out of the question, but I managed to put it in the fridge to avoid gel phase and its heat scorching the milk possibly.

Here is the recipe in case you want to try it yourself, and a link to the video is below to see it happening in action:

(P.S. I usually limit my oils to 5, but in this case I was making a masterbatch, and did not want to use up all of my shea butter, for example, or all of my olive oil, so I added similar oils to balance the use of my supplies)


Beach Paradise Soap

A Soap by Glenda


Water  + Lye  (Lye concentration 33%)

18.63 oz Water (or use frozen goat’s milk if you prefer)

9.18 oz 100% Purity NaOH


24.19 oz Tallow, Beef  (37%)

5.23 oz Karite Butter (Shea)   (8%)

17 oz Coconut Oil, 76 deg   (26%)

3.27 oz Castor Seed Oil (5%)

5.23 oz Cocoa Butter (8%)

4.58 oz Rice Bran Oil (7%)

4.58 oz Olive Oil – All Grades (7%)

1.31 oz Canola Oil (2%)


4 oz of Coconut water and pineapple fragrance oil  (optional, you can choose a different one or leave unscented)

0.5 teaspoon of kaolin clay (or titanium dioxide) dispersed in 1-2 tablespoons of water

1 teaspoon of orange peel granules (optional)

1.5  teaspoon of Synergy mica.  (or any light blue or teal mica of your choice), adjust the amount to your taste.

1/4 teaspoon of yellow oxide (or more, depending on your preference)



  • Plastic #5 or #6 containers for the lye, water, oils or stainless steel
  • Stainless steel spoon (small and large)
  • Silicone spatula
  • Swirling tool (optional)
  • Hand blender
  • Thermometer
  • Scale
  • Stainless steel strainer (optional, but advised if you use milk)
  • Silicone liner for mold (or line with freezer paper)
  • 5 lb loaf mold (or adjust recipe to your mold by plugging into lye calculator)
  • Brush (totally optional, it is only used to sprinkle the mica on top)
  • Safety Gear (nitrile gloves, face mask or properly sealed goggles, closed shoes)
  • Props to tilt the mold


  1. In a well ventilated area, add gradually the lye to the water (or frozen milk) and stir.  Remember you need to wear your safety gear.  You can prepare this several hours ahead, keep it properly covered.
  2. Weigh your oils and heat them up until they are clear  (I put mine in the microwave for a couple minutes).  I do not heat them above 120 F (48 C) I prefer to work in the 100’s (37 C)
  3. Add your lye solution to the oils slowly, to avoid splatters
  4. Stir with your large spoon or blender, then blend for 15 second periods, alternating with stirring, until you can no longer see the oils but it all looks blended (emulsified)
  5. Add your fragrance and either hand stir thoroughly or with blender.
  6. Split in half.  From one of the halves, separate about 1/4 of it for the white portion of the water.
  7. Color one half with the yellow oxide for the sand, the other half with teal, and the 1/4 portion with kaolin clay dispersed in water.
  8. Prop the mold at an angle and pour the yellow portion saving some for the top
  9. Pour the teal (ocean color) on top, about half of it
  10. Add a strip of the white color and continue with the rest of the teal.
  11. By now you can remove the props and return the mold to its regular position. Use your swirling tool to mix the blue and the white, try to avoid the portion colored as the sand.
  12. Use the remaining yellow to shape the beach, and the remaining white in a wavy line next to the “sand) to simulate the foamy white beach water
  13. Use your left over teal to create the waves, by adding it to the edge of the mold, and waiting for it to thicken enough to create the wave texture.
  14. To create the wave texture, use the outside curve of the spoon to shape the inside of the wave in a round upward motion, rotating your wrist helps with this.
  15. Add any beach theme embeds you may have, seashells, starfish, pineapples, etc, in the sandy portion.
  16. Sprinkle with the mica and glitter with the brush on the water, as well as the sea salt on the white portion, and the orange granules on the sand portion.
  17. Once you are finished, put your mold in the fridge if you used milk, or leave on counter otherwise.  Wait 18 hours at least to unmold and cut

Video link:




Jabon de Playa

A Soap by Glenda


Agua  + Soda Caustica   (Concentración de soda cáustica  33%)

18.63 oz agua (o leche de cabra congelada, si prefieren)

9.18 oz 100% Pura Soda Cáustica – NaOH


24.19 oz Cebo de Res  (37%)

5.23 oz Manteca de Karite (Shea)   (8%)

17 oz  Aceite de Coco 76 grados   (26%)

3.27 oz Aceite de Ricino (castor) (5%)

5.23 oz Manteca de Cacao (8%)

4.58 oz Aceite de fibra de arroz – Rice Bran Oil (7%)

4.58 oz Aceite de oliva (no extra virgen) (7%)

1.31 oz Aceite de Canola  (2%)


4 oz de fragrancia Coconut water and pineapple (Opcional o pueden usar una diferente) siempre y cuando no descolore. (Sin vainilla)

0.5 cucharadita de arcilla caolín (or dioxido de titanio) dispersado en 1-2 cucharadas de agua

1 cucharadita de granulos de cáscara de naranja (opcional)

1.5  cucharadita de Synergy mica.  (or alguna mica de color azul o celeste) puede ajustar la cantidad a su gusto.

1/4 cucharadita de pigmento de oxido amarillo



  • Contenedores de plástico  #5 or #6 containers para la soda cáustica, el agua, los aceites, o de acero inoxidable.
  • Cucharada grande y pequeña de  acero inoxidable
  • Espátula de silicón
  • Herramienta para hacer giros (Swirling tool) pueden usar un alambre (no usar aluminio)
  • Batidora de mano (eléctrica)
  • Termómetro
  • Pesa
  • Colador metálico (opcional para colar la leche)
  • Molde de silicón o papel para congelador si usan uno de madera (para alinear)
  • Molde de 5 libras (O ajusten su receta para el tamaño de su molde en una calculadora en línea como soap calc)
  • Equipo de seguridad  (guantes de nitrilo, visor de cara o gafas de protección para los ojos, zapatos cerrados, camisa manga larga de preferencia

El procedimiento se puede ver en este video:


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