Here is a super-simple recipe (inspired by a recipe at Majestic Mountain Sage
) that just uses 3 oils
. It's a marvelous starter recipe that will get you started making soap in a reliable way.
Now, based on the overall qualities of soap making oils, would adding some other oils like castor oil or cocoa butter improve the soap? Yes...some. But is this a perfectly good recipe to get started with? Absolutely!
- 50% olive oil
- 25% coconut oil
- 25% palm oil
This recipe will make about 3 lbs. of soap.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
- 16 oz. olive oil
- 8 oz. coconut oil
- 8 oz. palm oil
- 10.5 oz. water
- 4.5 oz. lye
- 1.4 oz. of fragrance oil or essential oil blend
Mix your lye solution
first and set it aside to cool. Measure and heat your solid oils until completely melted. Measure and add the liquid oils to the melted solid oils. When both the lye and the oils are at about 100-110 degrees, slowly pour the lye solution into the oils. Stir with a stick blender, alternating short blasts with the blender and stirring. Mix the soap until it reaches a light trace. Add the fragrance oil. Mix them into the soap thoroughly. Pour the raw soap into your mold and let it sit for 12-24 hours until it has cooled off completely and is hard enough to cut. Remove it from the mold and slice into bars. Let it cure an additional 2-4 weeks.