To make the best of a bad thing - Rebatched Sea Buckthorn soap

Last chance in the garden.  Everything has pretty much
died down, except the Hollyhocks which are blooming
like crazy. This lovely cream colour is just lovely. 
I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that winter is here.  Today is the "First day of winter"  according to the traditional Icelandic almanack.  We have had the most wonderfully mild weather this fall and I've enjoyed that so much.  Almost for the first time that I can remember we have had all the leaves on the trees and bushes turn their beautiful red, orange and yellow colours.  Usually they are blown away be strong winds before we get to see their glory.  I have also enjoyed the last few flowers in the garden that have continued to bloom all the way into the first frosts, among them are some Hollyhocks that are in bloom for the first time.

I made a soap quite some time ago that included a some Sea Buckthorn oil and a lot of other goodies.  It was a great soap (I think) except it was so soft as to be almost mushy.  I waited  and waited for it to harden up, but finally gave up and decided to rebatch it.

It has now been curing and has turned into a very nice yellow soap.  The colour is quite a bit lighter since I mixed this with some whipped soap that was mostly white hard oils, but hadn't turned out the way I wanted.  So that was a lot of hard oils that I combined with all the soft ones.   I've been meaning to post about his rebatch except I lost my notebook so I couldn't find the recipe.  When I found the notebook I discovered that I hadn't written it down in the notebook at all.  So I searched for it on my little computer and I found it.

The combined recipe for this rebatch turned out to be:

Lard                  34%
Olive oil            24%
Coconut oil       22%
Jojoba oil          10%
Cocoa butter       8%
Wheat germ oil   1.5%

The water was 1/3 water and 2/3 a combination of Oat meal tea and Aloe vera.  The additions to the yellow soap were Sea Buckthorn and St. Johns Wort oils along with about a tablespoon of honey.  When I rebatched this I used yoghurt as a liquid.  The precise recipe is hard to figure out, but I like this soap as a gentle bath soap.  The lather is very soft and creamy.


  1. Hi Ambra, Your photo is lovely, are those the last few hollyhock blossoms? The soap sounds divine -yogurt & honey, oatmeal tea and aloe -wow! I'll bet it's fabulous for the skin! :) ~Becky

  2. Sounds really good for your skin, your photo is great, your soap and the flowers compliment each other beautifully.

  3. Ambra, you always put such mindfulness into your soaps and their pictures. I wish they where a little bigger (the pics) because your detail is so lovely!

  4. Wow... these soaps do have lots of goodies in them! Great job on rebatching, the texture look so fine and smooth. :)

  5. Ambra como siempre tan elegante presentacion, y lindo te quedo el jabon.
    Un beso

  6. Wow, that soap sounds just divine! And it looks very beautiful as your soaps always do.

  7. Yes, Becky. I picked the last ones since I wanted to dry them. I've taken up eating my plants and this one is no exception :)
    Aroma - The colours of the flowers and the soaps was very much alike and actually the inside of the flowers was an exact match. So I had to use the two together.
    Thank you Cocobong- I may refresh the look of the blog one of these days, but the photo's are larger if you click on them!
    Between Friends- This is the smoothest rebatch that I have ever done, but the method has been the same. So I think it has to do with the ingredients.
    Texia -gracias, siempre tienen algo bueno que decir.
    Thank you Heidi. I have also been very impressed with your soaps.

  8. I'm really enjoying your blog, I'm really interested in natural color for soap so I really appreciate your posts. And you do have such lovely pictures!


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