FRANK (INTENSE) – Natural Hand Made Soap with Calendua, Avacado, Hemp & Frankincense

Made with calendula tea instead of water and with a tablespoon or two of calendula petals added before moulding.


I now have a source of local grass-fed beef tallow (my local farm shop) so this recipe makes good use of that. I rendered the tallow myself in a crock-pot/slow-cooker and it produced a clean smelling pure-white block once cooled. There are lots of ‘how to’ guides on the web for rendering beef tallow like this one. It’s really easy though – all I did was chop it up, shove it in the slow cooker on low setting overnight, then strain it through muslin into containers before cooling. I did this in the garage, I’m sure the whole house would have smelled of rendering beef tallow otherwise and I would be unpopular.

FRANK is also packed with superb nourishing oils (avocado and hemp), made with calendula tea and whole calendula petals – sometimes known as field marigold or pot marigold, and finished with frankincense essential oil. I took the soap out of the mould after about 24 hours and it looked and smelled great already.

This produced some really luxurious soap.

Ingredients : Sodium Tallowate – Adeps Bovis, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil,

Batch Manufactured Date : November 29th 2014

By blending to “7% Superfat” (leaving more of the original oils unsaponified) and adding a big glug of Essential Oil,  the finished result was more conditioning that the below chart indicates.


This fills a 1.5ltr mould.

Liquid & Lye Portion:
• 138.8 grams lye (7% superfat)
• 383.4 grams calendula tea (calendula petal infused boiled water)

Oil Portion (1009 grams total):
• 478 grams grass-fed home-rendered beef tallow (47.4%)
• 203 grams pure coconut oil (20.1%)
• 107 grams extra virgin olive oil (10.6%)
• 80 grams avocado oil (7.9%)
• 71 grams castor oil (7.0%)
• 70 grams organic hemp oil – virgin cold pressed (7.0%)

At light trace, add:
• Frankincense essential oil (35g)
• Calendula petals (2tbsp)

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