Soap making can be a really personal thing.
There is something really exciting about unveiling that first batch of soap that has been wrapped up until cured, like unwrapping a new shiny toy at Christmas, and the suspense can be really addictive.
Because we enjoy sharing recipes with our readers, we have included some of my favourites below 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 variants.
450 g Coconut Oil
500 g Olive Oil
50 g Beeswax Granules
330 g Spring or Distilled Water
148 g 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, wearing 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 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, and add the blue colourant drop-by-drop into one jug until you have reached the desired colour. 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; place the Lavender heads on top for decoration.
- Leave the soap to set for about 48 hours, then 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 Dead Sea Mud has many healing properties, it is great for boosting a sluggish circulation.
400 g Coconut Oil
50 g Shea Butter
100 g Olive Oil
250 g Sunflower Oil
264 g Spring or Distilled Water
124 g Sodium Hydroxide
10 mL Vitamin E oil
100 g Dead Sea Mud
10 mL Rosemary Essential Oil
5 mL Lavender Essential Oil
- First, weigh out the Coconut oil and Shea butter and cut into small chunks, then place in a plastic bucket.
- Weigh out the Olive and Sunflower oils.
- Next, put on your rubber gloves and goggles, and weigh out the water into the plastic bucket.
- Weigh out the Sodium Hydroxide into the water, taking care not to splash anything.
- Weigh out the mud and measure the essential oils, then 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 recipe list would be complete without mentioning Goat’s 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
50 g Cocoa Butter
600 g Olive Oil
50 g Avocado Oil
165 g Spring or Distilled Water
165 g Full-Fat Goat’s Milk
142 g Sodium Hydroxide
A sprinkling of Calendula petals
2.5 mL Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
2.5 mL Lavender Essential Oil
- 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 goat’s 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 milk mixture. 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 and 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, using 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.