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Bacon & Egg Soap

Everything’s better with bacon, right? Even soap 🙂

When I saw the Bacon fragrance oil for sale on Nature’s Garden’s website (you can see it, here), I knew we just had to try it and that it would be the perfect compliment for an egg soap I had been wanting to make, even though I wasn’t too sure how it would turn out. But it turned out great, and the bacon fragrance really does smell just like bacon.

The egg soap was made pretty much the same way as our other soaps, but without goat milk and with the addition of an egg yolk from our flock (I’m pretty sure it was a duck egg, which are known for being richer than chicken eggs).

So, here’s our basic recipe for soap:

11.429 oz Distilled Water
4.559 oz Lye
12.699 oz Olive Oil
9.524 oz Coconut Oil
9.524 oz Palm Oil
1 tsp powdered sugar*
1 vitamin E capsule*
*Both the powdered sugar and the vitamin E are optional. Powdered sugar is supposed to increase lather in soap and vitamin E is, of course, great for skin. I just happen to have a surplus of both on hand, and I try to add them to most of our soaps.

Begin to make the soap just like you would normally. But before you pour the lye water into the oils, add a couple spoonfuls of the heated oils into a separate bowl with the egg yolk and mix them together well. Once the lye water and oils have cooled down enough, add the lye water to the oils just like you would normally. Then blend them together using a stick blender until you reach a light trace (Don’t forget to add your fragrance oil – I usually add my fragrance oil, unless it’s one that’s known to cause acceleration, to the oils before adding in the lye water, but go ahead and add it whenever you usually do).  Now, add the beaten egg/oil mixture and blend well.

Pour a little over half of the soap mixture into a separate container and color it red (I used red oxide). For this soap I used my 10 inch silicone loaf mold from Brambleberry, which I absolutely love cause the sides don’t bow out like some of the other silicone loaf molds I’ve used. Anyways, I poured the soap into the mold in layers alternating between the red mixture and the uncolored mixture. 

There is a vanilla content of .03% in the bacon fragrance oil, so the uncolored part of the soap did darken a very slight amount to a light tan color. But I really like how it turned out.

But I would like to mention one thing: The next day when I unmolded and cut this soap, it had a very strong egg smell to it that was slightly unpleasant. Over time that eggy aroma did fade away completely, and now a month after making this soap all I can smell is bacon. 

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