I am, first and foremost, a cold process soap maker. It is what I learned to do first, and is my favorite kind of soap to make. However, it is very difficult to make clear soaps using the cold process method, and sometimes it is necessary to make a soap that is ready to use immediately. For these reasons, I decided I would like to master the art of melt pour soap, as well. After a few different experiments, I came up with a glycerin soap recipe that I think is worth sharing (and selling).
Not all melt and pour soap bases are created equal. Many of them contain detergents and chemicals, and using a base with these things would have gone against the ethics of my brand. So I sought out the highest quality bases I could find. It turns out, these are made by a company called SFIC. The only pitfall, in my opinion, is that they use palm oil. I do not purchase or use palm oil in my homemade soaps, but since SFIC uses sustainable palm, I feel comfortable that using their bases does not go against my personal beliefs regarding palm oil.
Okay, onto the recipe! I read that adzuki beans are amazing for the skin and I couldn’t wait to try them in a soap. After using a bar of this, I fell in love with the way my skin feels afterward.
Adzuki Bean Body Polish Glycerin Soap Recipe
- 1 lb SFIC goat milk soap base
- 2 T finely ground adzuki beans – consider using half this amount for a facial bar
- 6 ml sandalwood fragrance or sandalwood essential oil
- 2 ml benzoin resin oil
Slowly melt the soap base in a microwave-safe glass container in 15 second bursts (be careful not to overheat). Once melted, add your adzuki bean powder slowly, mixing into your base a little at a time. If you add too much, too fast, you’ll get clumps. Once the mixture has thickened enough that your adzuki beans are suspended (not sinking or floating), add your fragrance oil. Mix the fragrance in thoroughly and then pour into four 4-oz mold cavities. Allow to cool overnight. After unmolding, wrap your bars in cling wrap to prevent sweating. You can hit the plastic with a heat gun for a few seconds to make it look a little cleaner, just make sure you don’t melt your soap!
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do, and if you have any other ways you like to use adzuki beans, I’d love for you to share in the comments.