The very first batch of soap that I ever made was Orange Clove. My friend, Yvonne, and I were both interested in soap-making so we did a little research and quickly set up our first soap-making session. I chose Orange Clove and she chose Lavender Oatmeal. We had a blast, got a little nervous mixing the lye and water . . . . And, of course, we did it completely wrong. We measured by volume instead of by weight (I know, I know!) and we didn’t add enough essential oils. But from those very first batches, we were in love!
Now that it’s been several years and winter is coming up again, I decided that it’s time to bring back a holiday Orange Clove soap. This one is definitely a winner! The bars are moisturizing and bubbly. The orange and clove essential oils are a delicious blend that welcome in the holidays.
Orange Clove Swirl Soap – 5lb soap recipe
32 oz Olive Oil
19 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Castor Oil
8.4 oz Lye
22 oz Distilled Water
1.4 oz Orange Fold 5 Essential Oil
.6 oz Clove Essential Oil
~2 tsp Black Walnut Powder
After getting the soap to a light trace, I added in the orange and clove essential oils. I poured off about 1/3 of the soap into a separate container and added the black walnut powder until it was the color I desired. (I kind of eyeballed it but you don’t need too much to darken the soap nicely!) I poured both colors in to the molds at random intervals and then swirled in the mold lightly with a spoon. To finish it off, I lightly dusted the tops with cinnamon.
If you’re brand new to soap-making, check out my Soap-Making 101 post first to understand the full process!