Making a 100% Natural Holiday Soap – Cold Process Soap Making with Essential Oils | Royalty Soaps

Making a 100% Natural Holiday Soap – Cold Process Soap Making with Essential Oils | Royalty Soaps


– [Kenny] Hey, Katie, what are you doing? – I’m harvesting some cedar tips. I had a soap idea. – [Kenny] Are you gonna put
the cedar tips in the soap like all ground up with a blender? – No, on top of the soap so they look nice and fresh and pretty. – [Kenny] Well, there’s
no need for that, Katie. We have professionally
harvested real cedar tips from Alchemy Arts right there. – Okay. Well, this will be perfect. Now you got me all excited. Let’s go make some soap okay! Hee hee yeah. Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the very first video in the 2019 holiday soap collection. Now, this collection is gonna
be released on December 1st so that you guys can get it in time for all of your holiday gift giving. And if you’re wondering, why
are ya’ll starting your holiday videos at the very beginning of November?, it’s because soaps have a cure time and we wanna get these videos out to you before we release the soaps in December. So, we gotta move it back
a month ahead of time. But it all works out for
me because this means I get to celebrate and
decorate for Christmas like three months early. Now, if you’ll notice my
lovely friend down here, he will be showing us, every video, how many days are left until Christmas. So, from today we have 49 days left. It’s gonna be a great one this year. I can tell. We also have festive spatulas. For all your holiday
scrapey scrapey needs. I feel like a crazy person (laughs). – [Kenny] You feel like a crazy person. – I am a crazy person. Also, please note my festive apron that comes with a velcro
hand towel (laughs) for my soap wiping needs. (laughs) Thank you, Hobby Lobby. Kenny, well, we’ll show you. Kenny’s wearing something great. Check him out. (laughs) So, today’s video, we’re
going to be making our natural essential oil holiday soap. Now, I’ve never really done a holiday soap that was completely
done with essential oils and all natural colorants. And for those of ya’ll
who are going to say, Katie, a soap can’t be 100% natural ’cause it has lye in it, I know. But, all of the other ingredients
that aren’t saponifying agents are natural, including both the colorants,
the essential oils, and the botanicals on top. So, that’s why we’re
calling it a natural soap. It’s gonna be really, really cool. We’re gonna use some spirulina powder for some green in there. It’s gonna be great. We’re gonna have a great time. So, without further ado,
let us make some soap. We have, for the first time on film, our brand new sleek big containees. They’re clear. They’re a little bit taller. And they are from a
distributor listed down below in the description box. We wanted to get something
a little bit higher and a little bit more
compact because the other one that we had was really, really long. It was harder to put on scales and it wasn’t really great material. So, let’s go ahead and pout
in our lye water solution. Everything is right at 82
to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. That is my preferred working temperature with this recipe. This recipe has been
perfected over many years and it is available for free down in the description box below. And now, using my stick
blender that I got from Amazon, we are going to blend this
up until just past emulsion. (gentle upbeat music) Oh, look at that emulsified soap. It looks like creamy, thin royal icing. Okay, so now we are pouring
off the accent color. We’re going to be coloring
this with Dandelion and spirulina powder. So, in this little container,
we have our spirulina. It is very, very green. It does smell a little fishy
given the source of spirulina but it won’t be noticeable
in the finished product. Just gonna pour that right in. I’m gon’ scrapey scrapey
my little corn containee. These little corn containees
were gifted to me by Mad Micas. I love how wide they are, makes it really easy to get stuff out of. And in this little container
we have the Dandelion powder. It looks a little bit
brown, but if the soap gels, it will also contribute
to the green color. Gon’ pour that right in. I found with natural colorants
you have to use a lot more of it to get any sort of vibrancy. And gelling your soaps
with natural colorants is the way to go. That’s how you get a really,
really potent pigmentation. I’m gonna blend it in at the beginning using my little spatula. Ah, yeah. I see that green. I wanted it to be a
nice dark, earthy green which is why I picked these
particular green colors. Because there are actually
lots of different natural colors that you can use to
create a green in your soap. So, here’s our essential oil blend. It is my own custom
blend of Nutmeg, Cyprus, Peppermint and Sweet Orange. So it has all of those
nuances of Christmas and the holiday time. And just so you know, Nutmeg, you can only use
a teeny, teeny tiny bit of because it’s some really potent stuff. (sniffs and coughs) I did all of my essential oil calculations at EOCALC.COM. This is a sister site to the
Modern Soapmaking website and it’s run by Kenna Cody. She set it up for everybody so
that you have ease of access. It’s really, really simple to put in which essential oils you
want and get safe usage rate for your bath and body products. So, I definitely recommend
using that website if you make essential oil
soaps or any other products with essential oils in it. I added the proper amount
of essential oil blend into the green container
so now I’m going to add it into our uncolored container. Gon’ scrapey scrapey with my spatula. And then I’m just going
to blend this in by hand. Oh, that smells so good. I used to shy away from
essential oils because I thought that I couldn’t make blends
that were anywhere close to as nice as the ones I was smelling in other people’s products. But, with a little bit of time, and with a lot a bit of help from EOCALC, we did it. We done a good job. Especially recently. And I think holiday fragrances
are pretty easy to mix. Because if you add a little
bit of spice and a little bit of that citrus in there, well, you’ve basically nailed it. (tapping) All right, I’m gonna go ahead and give this a quick little
stir with my stick blender. (whirring) So, this batter is a
little too runny right now. I find that essential oils
typically kind of slow down how fast your soap is setting up. We’re gonna wait until
this hits, I’m gonna say, a light to medium trace. And we’re at a light trace right now. So, yeah. Two minutes ought to do it. Alright, we’ve let everything set up so it’s time to pour. I’m gonna pour straight down the middle just like so. Yes. I am gonna go ahead and
scrapey scrapey my containee because I don’t wanna add
any of that extra green onto the top of the soap. I want it to be mostly white
so that all the botanicals really stand out. Alright, let’s go ahead and
pour into our large slab mold. After this quick commercial break. Alright, let’s go ahead and pour. I am just gonna pour a
little bit down here. Good. And everything you can see is
staying relatively separate. There’s a little bit of mixing, but you can still tell that
there’s two different colors in there, which was the point. Smells so pretty. And that green actually
thickened up a little more than everything else, which
is good because that will also make it a little more
precise during this pour. Alright, time to scrapey scrapey my, (beeping) where is my spatula? Ah, it’s on the floor. Gotta scrapey scrapey. These buckets are so much easier to scrape than the other ones. The other ones had the plastic start to ware down a little
bit so it was all rough. But these are nice and smooth. Now, let’s swirl the top. This is my favorite part. And while it won’t do much
for this particular soap, it will still add a little bit of texture. And there are some lines on there that weren’t 100% swirled in. So it will be faint, but noticeable. I love watching people do this. This is like a satisfying
compilation to me. To see people swirl soap. Especially when they have a big stick. I like it when people use big
swirling sticks like this. Boo boo boo. Alright. Come all the way down. Oh yeah. It’s getting thick. Just the way I like it for
putting decorations on top. So, for the toppings, we have Cyprus tips. We have some orange peel bits. We have some juniper
berries and cranberry seeds. So, it’s a very festive array. Now I am going to place
these kind of randomly. I want them to fall where they may but, I’m trying to lay
these pieces horizontally instead of vertically so
that when they get cut, they’re not gonna splice in half. Not every single bar is gonna have one of every single thing. I don’t know if I’ve ever
seen Cyprus tips utilized on top of a soap, but it’s the perfect
way to pull it together for something that wants to look festive. They’re kind of a hard botanical
to get a hold of though. I had to look far and wide to find them and ended up getting
them from an Etsy shop. Alright, let’s add some
orange peel powder. This is from Wholesale Supplies Plus. They have lots of different
options for botanicals. I’m going to do the juniper berries next. These are also from
Wholesale Supplies Plus and I’ve used them in the past for quite a few different
soaps, I believe. I like doing the ones on
the ends because I feel like I can throw the little
berries up against the wall. Like boing, boing. (laughs) – [Kenny} Looks like All
That Basketball Practice really came in handy. – [Katie] Oh, absolutely. And I was the star of my team. – [Kenny] You tried to be the
star no matter where you went. – [Katie] This is true (laughs). Okay, now for the final bit. The cranberry seeds. Oh yeah. That pulls it together
just like I hoped it would. Gotta have a little bit of red on top for the festive season. Alright, one last little bit. And, our Evergreen soap is complete. And there we have it. Looking super festive. This one was so fun to do, even though it was kind of simple. I love the top. So, I’m gonna put a lid on this and we’re gonna try to get
it to at least partially gel. Hopefully it’ll get really hot and therefore make those
greens a lot brighter. And then we’ll let it
sit for 18 to 24 hours and then we will come
back and we will split the slabs into loaves and
cut the loaves into bars after this quick commercial break. Maybe. We’ll see what YouTube decides to do. (upbeat music) Okay ya’ll. Let’s cut the first of our holiday soaps. And because I know I’m
going to get asked this all month long, my nails were done at the Pink
Mango Nail Lounge in Eulis. They did the best job. This is literally the
best nails I’ve ever had in my whole life. I cannot recommend them enough. I’m gonna leave all their
Instagram things down below. And they are so decently priced. I could not believe it. I’m never going to anyone else. So, let’s turn this on its side. Look at that lovely green
color coming through. Also, it smells really good. Bye bye little berries. (ching) (Katie laughs) – [Kenny] Meow. – Let’s pull one out of the middle. (gasps) Yes. Look how pretty that is. And all natural. It’s got a little mint in there. A little orange. Yes. Now, the question of the day
is one that will be applicable to my soap making in 2020. I want to know, are you
interested in seeing soaps that are only colored with botanicals? So like Turmeric, carrot
juice, alkanet root, that sort of thing? Are you interested in that? Because we could make
some really cool soaps. To vote on the question of the day, all you have to do is click the eye in the upper right hand corner. Well, I hope you guys
enjoyed the first video. Is that accurate? There ain’t no way. There are 49 days left til Christmas. It feels a little too early for us to be celebrating in this manner (laughs). Whatcha gotta do? Them soaps have to cure. I hope you guys enjoyed today’s video. If you did, please give
it a big thumbs up. Hey, maybe even subscribe to the channel if you wanna see us make
some more Christmas soaps. And be sure to leave us
a comment down below. This soap will be available
to purchase on December 1st at 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time at royaltysoaps.com in
all of its natural beauty. So, until next time, you
have an absolutely royal day. Do something fun for yourself today whether that is trying
a new green smoothie. I tried some with celery the
other day and was not pleased. (laughs) Or maybe even singing
a little Christmas carol to get you in the
holiday mood extra early. Extra early. And I will see all of you guys soon. So, until then, bye for now. Neow. (splat) (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “Making a 100% Natural Holiday Soap – Cold Process Soap Making with Essential Oils | Royalty Soaps

  1. Hearing you talk about local towns is so weird. I’m in Glen Rose so every trip is a drive through where you live ?

  2. Katie, does your spirulina soap keep it's colour? I've made soap with it several times and the green just faded away before the end of curing despite being kept out of sunlight,

  3. I really want to see a soap that has a little tree branch puck as the decoration piece. I might try to make a design for that

  4. This soap has me thinking "Ghost Of Christmas Trees Past" hehe – beautiful trees that were decorated and lit and enjoyed years ago and now their tree spirits linger around to watch and enjoy the true madness befalling the world that is the holiday season. ?

    I honestly don't mind if the colorants are "natural" or not – I know you do your research on everything and think things through so much beforehand and are really conscious of what is being made and I'm fine with anything as long as you're happy with it!

  5. your white balance looked a bit off at points in this video, maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me im not sure though

  6. Darling the "Cyprus" you are mentioning as one of the essential oils you are using is it probably written in a different way cause Cyprus is a country in Mediterranean beneath Greece! ?????

  7. and i thought a little 10 ml bottle of essential oil is a lot ? i thought it would be about 9 grams, but it didn't even get to 1 gram on the scale. are EO's really that light?? i'm affraid to not use to much, cause i know some can't go over a certain percentage.

  8. I want to buy this soap so bad! PLEASE do more natural soaps, I want them all! Hahaha
    Also, christmas is summertime here in the southern hemisphere – feel free to chuck in some beach/summer themed holiday bars!!

  9. My fav bit of these videos has got to be when Katie starts blending the lye and oils together. Seeing the soap shoot out from stick blender is so satisfying. The new pots are so so good!! An excellent soap too Katie!! Also loving the upgraded filming, absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Love the more botanical soaps – but being Australian, I know that our border patrol/customs would crack it with the botanicals on this soap. Love the idea, though!

  11. Speaking of celebrating extra early,my husband and our 5 year old had the tree put up before we’d even taken the Halloween decorations down! I live in a house of madness and chaos ?

  12. It’s never to early to celebrate Christmas! I loved the look of this but I hate peppermint so I wouldn’t like it’s smell. I’m hoping some purple soaps come for Christmas come!

  13. I just want to say, i love the way this video if filmed!! I love seeing more of you Katie! You can see the joy on your face as you are working. It makes it that much better??

  14. Speaking of cure time, would you ever do a hot process soap? Sorry if you have already answered this before. Just curious

  15. Thank you for the shout out to Kenna's Eocalc! I heard it is at risk for being shut down due to lack of support! It is an amazing resource for us all natural soap makers!

  16. My 21st birthday is in 10 days and I think I will treat myself to some of your soaps because I've really been wanting to buy some ?

  17. This soap is so beautiful, probably my favorite that you've done. I can't justify the shipping costs and I mostly can't use solid soap because it messes up my skin, but I'm still tempted to buy it. 🙂

  18. A minimalist,natural soap line would be an amazing marketing addition. A lot of us love the glittery and vibrant high top soaps,but others prefer a simple style and natural fragrances.

  19. I make my own green smoothie, because most others are gross. One frozen banana, half and avocado, one handful of frozen spinach, fill blender half way with apple or mango juice, then fill the rest of the way with coconut milk or almond milk. Then blend and add more milk if needed. Add a pinch of ginger for a little zing! ?

  20. This may seem like a dumb question, doesn’t the evergreen fall off in the shower? Do people like the evergreen on the top?

  21. Is it weird for me to say that you have great taste in stick blender colors? I loved the pink one and now this one too!!

  22. I'm normally the "START EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS EARLY" person but, I started noticing by the time Christmas actually came around we were all tired of the same old songs and didn't really appreciate all the little things that make the season special because we started so early. At the end of 2018 we made a pact that we wouldn't start ANYTHING Christmas (including music) until December 1st! I wanted to be completely present for the other holidays before Christmas. We were just skipping right by them, in a way, without fully enjoying them. And all this isn't to judge anyone that does Christmas early, cause normally I'd be right there with ya! I just wanted to practice being fully present. ?

    I love your videos and love what to do!!!!!

  23. girl you can't post this frequently and say "Do something for youself today". You've got me enjoying pizzas way too often

  24. Always love your soap and videos but this one was awesome! I definitely voted Yes to more soap vids of natural colorants and EO's. I too have been a little afraid of EOs because I have no idea how to blend them lol your soap was gorgeous!

  25. Thank you so much for making a holiday spiced soap WITHOUT cinnamon! I have a cinnamon allergy and it is everywhere during this season,which is really sad. It means I miss out on so much!

    Thank you!!

  26. Here is a holiday soap idea for next year: a menorah soap bar, with the menorah in the soap and the flames on top of the soap.

  27. My skin is super sensitive to fragrances and dyes, but have had decent luck with essential oils, so I'm super excited to try this soap out 🙂

  28. You shoud try red cabbage for coloring! ? It might be very interesting experiment, I have dyed eggs really lovely purple/blue using red cabbage!

  29. I have a very old family cookbook and it includes a soap recipe that is based around lye. The recipe came from a distant grandmother in the 1800s who was a mountain woman. They were pretty far from normal civilization and got their own lye, then mixed it with used animal fat. Basically lye is 100% natural.

  30. Crazy how you have the actual ingredient growing outside yet you buy a small bag of it from elsewhere. Just seems a bit silly

  31. Im glad you linked to a place to calculate the safe usage of essential oils, because it seems like there are two groups, the group that loves essential oils but don’t know how dangerous a high concentration is, or the group that hates essential oils because they have heard of all the horrible things they do when referencing people using it undiluted, not knowing there is a safe way to use it.

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