Let’s just put the money shot right up here first and get that out of the way because, let’s face it, that why some of us gravitate to soapy blogs, sites, web sites and FaceBook pages. We love that soap porn! So here’s Le Fleur –
Now, first of all, you’ll see that it’s probably a slab mold, and you’re right. It is! But the one thing I did different besides the slab mold is one new ingredient. One I’d never heard of and was dying to try out in a cold processed soap. Hemp milk! Now most of us have heard of hemp oil, and well, some have heard of hemp, mainly behind bleachers at high school football games or restrooms beneath the auditorium at that same high school or perhaps some late bloomers waited until college to explore the higher levels of thinking produced by recreational toking. But I digress. So let’s say here & now that hemp milk was a new twist for me.
The first thing about hemp milk that might interest you is that there’s not enough of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in it to be psychoreactive, so sorry, no buzz here. But maybe you can get a serious buzz over all the beneficial nutrients it contains. It’s jam-packed with all the vital amino acids you need every day, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B 12, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, no cholesterol, 46% of your daily requirement of calcium, and 4 gr of protein. What a powerhouse! It’s ideal for those who don’t tolerate the lactic acid in cow’s milk very well, and also is a great choice for vegans.
Created by pulsing the seeds in distilled water in a proportion of 1 part seeds to 4 parts water, then strained through a cheese cloth, it’s an ideal additive to your liquid aspect in hand crafted soaps. It contains nutrients for strong hair, skin, and nails, which make this slightly nutty, light tan liquid the perfect extra for your soaps, and shampoo bars. Hemp oil would make your formulations even more beneficial to hair, skin and nails by incorporating them into nail and cuticle balms, lotions, shampoos, shampoo bars, body butters, soaps, and rinse-out hair conditioners.
My batch today used no only hemp milk, but also my favorite, coconut milk, and there are SIX colours in this bar! I used a Sterilite storage box without a top as my mold, lined with a plastic trash bag slit to open and lie flat. It was taped into place and the soap poured, white first, then each colour in a zig-zag pattern up and down, using all of the colour in one sweep. The swirling was done with a tool crafted out of 5 bamboo skewers held together like a gigantic comb with Gorilla tape. It’s extremely sticky so those skewers WILL NOT move! The comb was done in a S-shape move along each side and a single skewer moved through the center. I moved up and down, going low and high with the coloured soap, so there should be colours on several levels within each bar. The edges might be a bit odd looking with the bag creating wrinkles, so I might use those as samples. The rest will be fun to unveil. We’ll see in just a few days!