Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The wonders of avocados...

I've always had a passion for avocados, that gorgeous creamy flesh that lends itself so wonderfully to french dressing and prawns. I'm also a total believer in the power of avocado oil and this week I've been using it in both creams and soap.

My Avocado Skin Softener is a beautiful moisturiser, made with sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and of course, dark green avocado oil. I've added essential oils of patchouli and geranium for their skincare qualities and have ended up with one of my very favourite moisturisers.

Until now, I'd never thought of using it in soap but in fact research has shown that avocado is a particularly useful oil for soapmaking since it provides excellent conditioning and moisturising properties. So yesterday I set to in the soap kitchen and made a batch of olive oil and avocado soap.

I'm sharing my soap-making photos with you:-

1. Making
2. Pouring
3. Unmoulding 24 hours later
5. Cutting

This is a pure vegetable soap made with olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil (sustainable), avocado oil, shea butter and castor oil. For any soap-makers who may read this, the INS value is 149.

I've scented this with an exotic combination of essential oils...bay, pine and rosewood.

I can always tell when a soap will be good. It's immediately obvious when you remove it from the mould. This one came out beautifully and I feel very excited about it, but... patience is a virtue!