Category Archives: Plants and Herbs

Soap-making and Coconut oil

We enjoy discussing about coconut oil in every session of our soap making classes πŸ™‚

There is so much to talk about coconut oil indeed! Coconut oil is beneficial oil in many ways.
(This is a topic on how-to-make, we will not touch on the benefits here; however you might want to explore more about it at Coconut oil Malaysia. We are not a stockist of any products)

The lathers in handmade soaps are derived from coconut oil and we teach our soap class participants to always include this wonderful oil as part of their soap ingredients.

It is pretty easy to prepare coconut oil at home. πŸ™‚

1. Get grated coconut (select old coconuts for more oil) or ready pressed fresh coconut milk from the market. (skip step 2 if you have store-bought coconut milk)

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2. Prepare in advance a clean container with a sieve and cheese cloth. You may mix the grated coconut with some water (do not add too much to preserve the creaminess of coconut milk); squeeze hard and sieve through to get as much coconut milk as possible out of the grated coconut.

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3. Pour the creamy coconut milk

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Into a clean glass container. Ensure the container is air-tight and allow separation for 24-48 hours.

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4. 24 – 48 hours later, a layer of coconut oil will appear on the top of the liquid.

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5. Scoop up the coconut oil and bottle up!

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At the end of our soap class, we always remind our participants to keep some of their homemade virgin cold pressed coconut oil as their daily food; it is too precious to pour all into their soap! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Happy September !

Cheers,
Christine

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Soap making, Green colour

We use herbs and plants for the natural colouring in Kalleo handmade soaps. The green of Patchouli and Moringa stands out pretty well in our soaps; however it appears in three kind of differently toned colours.

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This is Kalleo Musky Patchouli soap.

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This one, Kalleo Good Moringa soap, lighter green in colour.

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And the green colour in another batch of Kalleo Good Moringa soap during the moulding process.

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There are different methods to colour the soaps. We use various parts of the herbs and plants – the leaves, stems; the beans from Moringa tree. Most of the time, we dry the leaves and turn them into either:

Powder form,

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or infused them in the base oil.

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There are a lot more alternatives to colour your soaps green naturally – you might want to try out pandan juice, spirulina powder, spinach juice.. πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping by!

Regards and cheers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
Christine