Handmade Soap for Christmas
My husband and I made a huge batch of soap to give to our neighbors for Christmas this year. We didn't intend for the batch to be quite so large but here's what happened. We were reworking our basic cold process soap recipe because we were out of castor oil and we wanted to use the oils that we had on hand. As we calculated the amount of each oil that we would need for the new recipe, we doubled the usual amounts, knowing that we wanted to make a double batch of soap. A little bit of time passed between when we reworked the recipe and when we actually started making the soap and we forgot that we had already doubled the recipe. So we doubled the new recipe and didn't think anything of it until we started adding the coconut oil and it was taking up way more room in the pot than usual. By then we had already measured out the almond oil, avocado oil and the cocoa butter so we were committed to this quadruple batch of soap! It was a little bit stressful, trying to divide such a large amount of liquid soap to add our scents and colors and then get it all poured and molded before the soap started setting up but we were happy with the way it turned out and we were able to make all 60+ bars of soap in one session. I'd say that was a successful couple of hours!
Double Batch of Cold Process Soap Recipe
14.68 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
33 oz Distilled Water
Add lye to water in well ventilated area. Stir until dissolved. Allow lye mixture to start cooling, stirring every few minutes.
2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
4 oz Avocado Oil
3 oz Cocoa Butter (Deodorized)
28 oz Coconut Oil (76 Degrees)
23 oz Olive Oil Pomace
28 oz Palm Oil
12 oz Palm Kernel 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.
5. If you want multiple colors, divide your liquid soap, add pigments and mix. If you want a single color, simply add your pigment to the entire batch of soap and mix.
5. Pour soap into mold, layering, swirling, or adding whatever artistic techniques you want.
6. Tap mold against countertop or work surface multiple times to release air bubbles.
7. Using a chopstick, handle of a spoon, or whatever you prefer, trace a pattern into the top of your soap.
8. 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.
9. After 24 hours, remove the soap from your mold and cut it into bars.
10. Optional: Using a potato peeler or knife, peel off the rough cut edges of the bars of soap.
11. Lay bars on a drying rack and allow them to cure for 4-6 weeks.
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