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Double Butter Soap Recipe with Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter


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Melting the Oils - Special Technique
shea butter and cocoa butter

Cocoa butter partially melted - shea butter added on top

David Fisher
This is a pretty straightforward batch of soap, and normally I would weigh and melt all of the solid oils into my pitcher at once. However, this much cocoa butter will take a long time to melt so I use a modified technique.

First put just the cocoa butter into the bowl/pot alone and start to melt it. In the microwave, I heated the cocoa butter for 3 minutes at 50% power.

When the cocoa butter is partially melted, add the shea butter, and heat further. Then continue to add the solid oils in the reverse order of their melting point. Coconut oil next…then the lard.

Continue heating the solid oils until they are completely melted. Then add the liquid oils to the mixture.

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