I'm obsessed by Daffodils at the moment! They're growing in my garden, along the lane running up to the house, and seem to be popping up everywhere I look. For me, these cheerful golden flowers tare a sure sign that Spring is truly here. I must be obsessed with Daffodils because Spring is definitely my favourite time of the year.
Recently while researching natural colours that can be used in cold-process soapmaking I came across a reference to using Daffodils. Though the bulbs and sap of these lovely flowers are dangerous if ingested, compounds derived from the plant are sometimes found in beauty products including a body moisturiser from Nu Skin and a facial toner for dry skin made by Gatineau.
I've used several different natural ingredients to tint my soap yellow but I have to say that I'm really pleased by the buttery tone of this Daffodil soap recipe. It's a natural golden colour that suits a citrusy scent such as Citronella or May Chang essential oil but could equally be paired with a fragrance oil if you're not averse to using them. I'm sure there are also some gorgeous spring scented options that would perfectly suit this recipe including a 'Daffodil' scented one that I saw for sale online. You could even go the extra mile and pour your soap into daffodil inspired moulds!
Daffodil Soap Recipe
800g / 1.76lb batch
all measurements are based on weight, not volume
110g / 3.9oz NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide)
220g / 7.76oz Daffodil Infused Water - see method below
15 Daffodil flowers - yellow flower parts only
320g / 11.29oz Olive oil Pomace
200g / 7oz Coconut oil
200g / 7oz Sustainably Sourced Palm oil
80g / 2.8oz Shea Butter
15g / 0.5oz (4tsp) May Chang Essential oil
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
NOTE: The instructions below are very basic and are meant to be used in accordance with the method I detail in my Natural Soapmaking series - see this link for how to make the soap at home.
To make the Daffodil Infusion: pour 300g of scalding water over fifteen daffodil heads (have a look at the second photo in this blog). Allow to seep until the water reaches room temperature and then puree the flowers and water until there are no large bits. Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and measure out 220g of it to use in the recipe. After that's sorted, follow the basic soap making instructions I've put together at this link.
Temperature: I mixed the oils and lye-solution at 48°C / 118°F and then insulated the soap afterwards so that it 'gelled'. By insulating the soap after it's poured into the mould, the temperature will rise before it starts to cool and the colour of the soap will intensify.