Basic Cold Process Soap Recipe
A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to make soap. Not just the melt and pour kind of soap but the old fashioned, melt your oils and mix them with lye kind of soap. I have a friend who makes this kind of soap and she was kind enough to give me some lessons. I'll admit that working with the lye was (and still is) a bit intimidating but I always make sure to wear proper saftey equipment and to work in a well ventilated area. So far, I haven't had any problems and I just love my handmade soap!
My husband and I have tried various recipes over the past couple of years and have done some tweaking and here is the recipe that we use most often.
Cold Process Soap
16.5 oz Distilled Water
7.35 oz Lye
Add lye to water in well ventilated area. Stir until dissolved. Allow lye mixture to start cooling, stirring every few minutes.
6 oz Palm Kernel
14 oz Palm Oil
14 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Castor Oil
14 oz Olive Oil
1. Mix the oils together and melt over low to medium heat.
2. Cool the oil mixture and the lye mixture in an ice bath so that they both reach 105 degrees at the same time. The lye mixture will take longer to cool so start cooling it while the oils are melting.
3. When they are both at 105 degrees, pour lye mixture into the oils and mix with a stick blender until they reach a light trace.
4. Add your fragrance and colors and mix.
5. Pour soap into mold.
6. Tap mold against countertop or work surface multiple times to release air bubbles.
7. Put a lid on your mold and wrap it in a towel or blanket to help retain the heat and allow the soap to cool slowly.
8. After 24 hours, remove soap from your mold and cut it into bars.
9. Optional: Using a potato peeler or knife, peel off the rough cut edges of the bars of soap or smooth the edges with your finger.
10. Lay bars on a drying rack and allow them to cure for 4-6 weeks.
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