Soap making can be a really pleasurable experience.
There is something really exciting about unveiling that first batch of soap that has been wrapped up until cured.
It can be a very personal thing.
Like unwrapping a new shiny toy at Christmas and the suspense can be really addictive.
Because I enjoy sharing my recipes with my readers, I have included some of my favorites here to enjoy.
The first selection of soap recipes, you can read all about here.
Old Fashioned Lavender Soap
Lavender soap is one of the most popular.
450 g Coconut oil
500 g Olive oil
50g Beeswax granules
330 g Spring or distilled water
148g Sodium hydroxide
14 g Dried Lavender buds
10 ml Vitamin E oil
4 Full Lavender heads
10 ml Blue and purple oxide that has been diluted.
15 ml Lavender oil
- Weigh out the Coconut oil and Beeswax and place in a stainless steel saucepan, on a low heat until all the ingredients are melted
- Next with your goggles and rubber gloves, weigh the water in a plastic bucket
- Weigh the Sodium Hydroxide in a jug
- This is one of those soap recipes that actually includes plant material, in this case it is the lavender heads, weigh the Lavender buds out and put to one side
- Next measure out the amount of Essential oils
- Pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water and stir until dissolved
- Ensure that both the temperature of the caustic solution and the oils are the same, then pour the caustic solution into the oils and stir manually for around three minutes, bringing the soap to a light trace
- Next add the Vitamin E and the essential oils and stir to a medium trace
- Divide the batch between the three jugs, add the blue colourant drop by drop into one jug, until the desired color has been reached, and pour the soap into the mould
- Next add the Lavender Buds and purple colourant into a second mould and leave
- Then leave the third batch plain and pour into the last mould and place the Lavender heads on top for decoration.
- Leave the soap to set for about 48 hours, turn out of the moulds, cut into bars and cure for 6 weeks until ready for use
Healing Dead Sea Soap Bar
It is well known in the beauty industry, that the Dead Sea has many healing properties, it is great for boosting a sluggish circulation.
400 g Coconut oil
50g Shea butter
100 g Olive oil
250 g Sunflower oil
264 g Spring or distilled water
124g Sodium Hydroxide
10 ml Vitamin E oil
100 g Dead Sea Mud
10 ml Rosemary Essential Oils
5 ml Lavender Essential Oils
- First weight out the Coconut oil and Shea butter and cut into small chunks, then place in a plastic bucket
- Then weigh out the Olive and Sunflower oils
- Next put on your rubber gloves and goggles and weigh out the water into the plastic bucket, then weigh out the Sodium Hydroxide into the water, be careful not to splash anything
- Weigh out the mud and measure the essential oils and slowly mix them into the mud
- Pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water and stir with a long handled stainless steel spoon. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area
- Next pour the caustic solution into the oils, stir manually until all the fats and oils have dissolved and bring the soup to a light trace using a stick blender
- Add the Vitamin E oil and the mud, stirring until trace
- Pour the soap into a 1.5 kg prepared mould and leave for about 48 hours, until it has a similar consistency to that of hard cheese
- Turn out of the mould and cut into bars, allow the bars to cure for 4 to 6 weeks
Fragrant Chamomile and Goats Milk
We feel that no Cold Process Soap recipes would be complete, without mentioning Goats milk.
It’s a really popular ingredient, as it helps to create a lovely creamy bar of soap.
This combined with the healing powers of Chamomile, helps to create a gentle bar of soap, perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
300 g Coconut oil
50g Cocoa butter
600 g Olive Oil
50 g Avocado oil
165 g Spring or distilled water
165 g Full fat goats milk
142g Sodium hydroxide
Sprinkling of Calendula petals
2.5 ml Roman Chamomile essential oils
2.5 ml Lavender essential oils
- First weigh out the Coconut oil and Cocoa Butter and chop it into small chunks and place in a plastic bucket
- Next weigh out the Olive, Avocado and Essential oils and blend together
- Put on your rubber gloves and goggles, weigh out the water in a bucket and the goats milk in a jug and mix together in the bucket. Weigh out the Sodium Hydroxide in a jug.
- In a well ventilated area pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water and the milk mixture and stir with your long handled, stainless steel spoon until the mixture has completely dissolved. Don’t be alarmed if the goat milk starts to turn a yellow hue this is perfectly natural. It may also give out Ammonia fumes, keep your mask on and just keep stirring, once the mixture is even put it to one side
- Pour the caustic solution into the oil, stir manually until the fats dissolve
- Next bring the soap to a trace, using a stick blender
- Add the essential oil blend and keep stirring
- Sprinkle in the Calendula petals, use just enough to make the soap look attractive. Mix in thoroughly with a spoon and pour into your prepared c1. 5 kg moulds
- Leave the soap to set for the recommended 48 hours then cut into bars and leave to cure for 4 to 6 weeks.