I got some rose geranium EO and it smells great! So, I wanted to make a soap out of it.
30% Olive Oil Pomace
30% Palm Oil
20% Coconut Oil 76
10% Castor Oil
5% Mango Seed Butter
5% Cocoa Butter
1g/lb French Pink Clay
0.5g/lb Rosehip Botanical Extract
0.2fl oz(6ml)/lb Rose Geranium EO
I have a few questions about my work in progress:
On Soapcalc, my INS # is 151 and my Hardness is 41. I want to keep my coconut oil at 20%. I really like the idea of creating a hard and long lasting bar. Do you think it will be hard enough?
I have never used clay in soap. Is 1g/lb a good amount of French pink clay? I read that is will add color, a soft slickness. Will that ratio be enough to feel a difference?
Has anyone used Rose Geranium Essential Oil? I didn't want the Rose Geranium to be too over-powerful, and it is pricey for me. It seems like the RG EO is relatively strong. Is 6ml/lb a good rate?
I had a bad experience with the orange wax. I used 3% in my soap and found it to be very irritating. But, everything I read suggested the orange wax was mild on the skin. I couldn't find any information on rosehip botanical extract. It seems like it would add a nice color to the soap. My concern is that it may be acidic and effect the saponification. Any thoughts?
I realize this is a long and rambling post. Thanks to everyone in advance that sends their thoughts and suggestions!