After eating loads of apricots this summer and saving all those flavorful kernels for family consumption. Apricot kernels or bitter almonds caused web debates on whether the apricot kernels are safe to eat or not. Among the nutrients contained in apricot kernels there is one called amygdalin, which is also known as vitamin B17. This B17 vitamin seemingly attacks cancer cells, and thus can help prevent cancer from breaking out in our bodies.
Many have claimed they have survived and cured cancer by eating apricot kernels, while others point to early deaths caused by eating too many of them. Since I don’t have the time to investigate further in neither direction, I decided to put most of the kernels in the blender make apricot kernel milk for use it in my home made soaps.
To make apricot kernel milk, I put the apricot kernels in the blender with double their volume of hot water and blended for 5 minutes. I poured the milk through a strainer, waited for it to cool and filled 4 plastic ice cube bags. I put the bags in the freezer and anytime I want to add some apricot kernel milk to my soaps, I remove as many ice cubes from the bag as needed. I replace some of the water in the lye solution for the soap with frozen apricot kernel milk. The apricot kernel milk smells like the Bittermandel essence at the local German produce store.
So, here’s my first apricot kernel soap recipe:
- Wild Flowers CP Soap with Apricot Kernel Milk and Buttermilk.
Olive Oil – 300 grams or 10.6 oz (60%)
Coconut Oil – 150 grams 5.3 oz(30%)
Shea Butter – 50 grams 1.7 oz (10%)
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) – 73 grams (2.5 oz)
Liquid for the lye solution: 1/2 Buttermilk, 1/2 Apricot Kernel milk frozen in ice cubes: 180 grams (7 oz) in total.
30 grams (1oz) Wild Flowers (Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Forgetmenot) Fragrance Oils mixed in 1 Tablespoon of Corn starch
For color: mica
Made using the basic my cold process soap making method and using this lye calculator. I poured the soap in 6 individual molds.
|Two of them went straight in the fridge with the purpose of skipping the soap’s gel stage and simply harden. As a consequence, the two soaps are more opaque and the apricot kernel scent is stronger. The downside of not allowing the soaps to go through a gel stage is that they’ll need more time to cure.
|Two of the soaps got wrapped in towels and put on top of the fridge. They got very hot and became translucent within one hour from pouring. When I took the soaps out of the mold the next day, I found that the soap was more translucent, the color more intense and the scent a bit weaker.
|I added one teaspoon of dry ground avocado seed to the last quarter of the mixture. I poured in in the last two soaps and I’ve got two very textured scrub soaps which are my favorites.
Find some more soap recipes here: Home Made soap
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