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Jul
03

Common Cold Process Soap Questions


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Common Cold Process Soap QuestionsCommon Cold Process Soap Questions

We at Natures Garden love to supply our customers with the best soap making ingredients and soap equipment that they need to succeed. But, you can’t utilize these tools if you don’t know how to. So, we want to answer some of the most common cold process soap questions that we get. This way we can help make your soap making experience as fun and exciting as possible!

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Shelf Life of Lye?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Shelf Life of Lye?

The shelf life of lye, sodium hydroxide, when properly stored is one year. After a year it is possible for your lye to work, but you should do a small batch to test whether the lye is still good. If it is actually expired, then it may not come to trace quickly or could separate after it is poured or set up. So, you will be able to notice an obvious difference if you make a small testing batch,

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do I Make My Cold Process Soap Last Longer?

There are a few things that you can change to make your homemade soap last even longer. First, you can use additives, like sodium lactate or stearic acid, to harden the bar. Also, harder oils, like palm oil, can be helpful. Lastly, increasing the cure time, as water evaporates out, and decreasing the time in the shower will create a harder bar.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Is It Possible to Use Baby Oil as One of the Oils in a Soap Recipe?

No, you shouldn’t use baby mineral oil in your soap recipe for two reasons. First, it has already been scented. Second, the mineral oils won’t saponify.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do Your Make Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do Your Make Cold Process Soap?

If you ever wondered how to make soap from scratch, then this is the answer. Before you begin you will either need to formulate a recipe or choose a recipe already formulated, we suggest using our Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe if this is your first time. We also recommend reading through our cold process soap making classes, especially the soap making safety class. While there is a little more detail and safety practices to follow, this is the most basic method for soaping. First, you create a lye solution by slowly adding lye to water. In a separate bowl, you will have your weighed and melted oils and butters. You will combine these ingredients at a similar temperature and mix until your batter trace, which is a thicker consistency.  The soap is then poured into a soap mold. Once it has setup, it is removed from the mold and allowed to cure.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Why Are My Citrus Scents So Light in my Cold Process Soap?

Citrus scent oils often have a low flash point, so they are more likely to burn off the fragrance during the saponification process. During this process, the soap will reach very hot temperatures, which are able to burn off certain scents. It is common for citrus scents to be affected by this issue. How can I prevent this? First, make sure that the maximum amount for fragrance has been added. Also, you can anchor the scented oil by using a scent with a that is heavier, like vanilla. Alternatively, some soapers use kaolin clay to enhance the scent, but it can make your soap too slick.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Are Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils Better for Cold Process Soap?

You can use both essential oils and fragrance oils to scent cp soap. However, fragrances tend to hold better and the scent lasts longer. This is because fragrance oils have top, middle, and base notes that will hold up better together. On the other side, some single note oils whether they be essential oils or fragrance oils, are more likely to burn off. So, you will want to test each oil in cold process soap.

 

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can Cold Process Soaps Be Molded into Different Shapes?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can Cold Process Soaps Be Molded into Different Shapes?

Of course! There are many different styles of molds that you can use for soap making. Just don’t forget that this type of soap gets very hot. So, you need to make sure that you either use a silicone soap mold or a very thick plastic mold, like some of our Mold Market Soap Molds. However, plastic embed molds are not thick enough to hold your soap without melting and making a big mess. If you are unsure about a certain mold, it might be best to just save that shape for melt and pour soaps.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: When Can I Cut Cold Process Soap?

Before you can cut your finished soap loaf, you need to wait for a bit. While the exact time varies for each batch depending on size and ingredients, we suggest waiting for 24-48 hours before removing and cutting your nearly finished soaps. However, you can use a gloved hand to check the soap to determine whether the soap is too soft. On the other hand, you don’t want to wait too long or the soap may dry too much and crumble as you cut.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Long Does Soap have to Cure?

The exact amount of time your soaps take depends on your recipe that the amount of lye in it. However, most batches take about 2-6 weeks for the soaps to fully cure and be safe to use.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Cold Process Soap Making Recipes?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Cold Process Soap Making Recipes?

Yes, we have all kinds of cold process soap recipes under the Cold Process Soap Recipes parts of the in the Free Recipes and Classes section of the NG site. There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose!

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Kind of Conditions Does CP Soap Need to Cure After it is Removed From Mold?

After your soap has been removed from the mold and sliced into bars, you will need to allow them to cure for a while. First, you will want to make sure that they are in a cool, dry environment. Also, you want to make sure that the bars a few inches apart. This will expose more of the bar to the air, which allows them to dry and set up properly.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Will Make Cold Process Soaps Freeze or Set Up too Soon?

The oils that you use will come into play. Too much of some harder oils and butters can cause the soap to set up faster than others.  Additives can also cause your batter to accelerate.  However, often, this is an issue caused by the fragrance oil. Each fragrance performs differently in cp soap and the ones that cause too much acceleration can lead to seizing, or a sudden setting up, in the soap batter before it has made it to the mold. Further, there are some fragrance oils that will actually slow down the process and give you time to really work on a recipe.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Do You Have Any Tips for Working with Problem Fragrance Oils in Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Do You Have Any Tips for Working with Problem Fragrance Oils in Cold Process Soap?

It’s always a bummer when a scent you enjoy is a “problem fragrance oil”, but there are some things that will allow you to work with this fragrance oil anyway. First, we have the issue of acceleration. While we can’t fix the fragrance, we can cool our oils and lye water to room temperature before we start the saponification process. The cooler temperature takes longer to get to trace, which will help balance the acceleration from the fragrance oil. Also, you can formulate a soap recipe with oils that will slow trace, like sunflower oil. Although these two tricks can be used to slow an accelerated trace, it can’t stop a soap from seizing.

Second, we have the issue of separation. Sometimes a fragrance that separates from the mixture can be stick blended back in with enough effort. Also, it is possible for the scent to reabsorb during the curing process. You just need to keep an eye on these to determine whether the fragrance is worth using in cp soaps. Third, we have the issue of ricing, which is when little chunks form in your batch. While this can’t be prevented, it can be stick blended until the ricing is smoothed out. However, this only works in some cases.

Finally, some fragrance oils can cause your soap to discolor. Some scents can’t be prevented, but there are some cases when a soap additives can do the trick. If the description of your scent says it contains vanillin, it will discolor your soap to a shade of brown. However, you can use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help lessen any discoloration due to vanillin. Other kinds of discoloration will just have to be included into the soap design.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean Up Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean Up Cold Process Soap?

After you pour your batch into the soap mold, you may realize that you have a mess on your hands. Whether you spilled a few drops, made a complete mess, or only have the bowls to wash out, you are going to need to know how to safely clean up your lye mixtures. Before you get started, it is extremely important to have something on hand to neutralize the soap batter. So, you will need vinegar, which we prefer to have in a spray bottle to make it easy to apply in case of skin contact. After all the batter on the counter and soap equipment has been neutralized, you can begin cleaning with soapy water, we use dawn dish soap, to clean everything up again.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Is it Okay to Use My Soaping Bowls and Utensils for Cooking After Using it for CP Soapmaking If I Prewash It and Then Run It Through the Dishwasher?

No, it is very unsafe to use your soap making equipment in the kitchen. After you’ve used a bowl, mold, or other utensil for soaping you should never use it for anything other than soapmaking. Lye is very reactive and has the potential to do some serious harm after ingestion. So, it is a horrible idea to put this soaping equipment in contact with food or cooking utensils.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Would Cause a Batch of Soap to Erupt While in the Soap Mold?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Would Cause a Batch of Soap to Erupt While in the Soap Mold?

Natural sugars in soaping ingredients can lead to an eruption, as  the soap gets hotter than it typically does. CP soap can erupt due to improperly  adding things like beer, wine, or milk. First, freezing these ingredients before adding them is helpful. If you are using beer, then make sure that you release all of the carbonation before including it in soap. Also, you will want to boil wine before adding it to your soap.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can I Use Cup Measurements for Soap Making?

For soap making, we would recommend using weighted measurements . Using a scale is much more accurate and will ensure that you have a quality batch of soap. Otherwise, you may accidentally do something to mess up your soaps. For example, you could add to little oils and create a lye heavy batch.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can You Make Good Quality Soap Using the Cold Process Soap Method Without Palm Oil?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can You Make Good Quality Soap Using the Cold Process Soap Method Without Palm Oil?

Absolutely. One of the best parts about making cp soap is that you can include whatever oils and butters you want. You can use SoapCalc to combine your favorite soaping ingredients in a perfect batch of soap! If you would rather follow a recipe that we have formulated, Natures Garden has a few recipes under Free Recipes and Classes that are made without palm oil. For example, there is  our Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe and our Argan Soap Recipe.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Reach Out to UsCommon Cold Process Soap Questions: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you learned something useful for making cold process soap in this blog. If you have any further questions, you can reach out to us in the store, on the phone, or online. If you want to reach out to us online, then try out social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Have fun soapmaking!

Jun
08

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes


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Cocoa Butter Soap RecipesCocoa Butter Soap Recipes

If you are wondering how to make homemade soap, then we may want to check out our cocoa butter soap recipes. These easy homemade soap recipes all use our Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap base and have detail instructions on how to recreate these soap recipes. Also, these recipes are perfect for any of our customers that are just looking for some inspiration. These inventive recipes are sure to get your creative juices flowing and ready for soap-making. Plus, we have some unique and fun soap recipes that may spark an idea for your own recipes. So, lets get started with these fun recipes for melt and pour soap wholesale.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap Recipe

First, we have a delicious loaf of soap that looks just like a dessert! So, if you are interested in making soap that both smell and look scrumptious, then this recipe will help you learn how to make dessert soaps. Our Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap Recipe uses melt and pour soap base and whipped soap base to create a rolled soap loaf that will have your mouth watering. Plus, this recipe includes real cocoa powder in the chocolate layer, which is perfect for adding a natural color that is authentic and this herb enhances the chocolate scent. Another fantastic point is that real chocolate includes cocoa butter and cocoa power, too. So, this loaf of soap will be that much more delicious!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Fragrance Oil

Plus, this herb adds to the scent of the Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Fragrance Oil, which starts with a rich dark chocolate aroma that intertwines with the freshly ripened raspberry notes for the fragrance signature. Then, the Green tones create a natural appeal for the overall character, while a generous base of velvet musk and sweet vanilla completes this delicious scent. Not only is this scent absolutely scrumptious, but this delightful aroma is a perfect match for our yummy soap recipe. 

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Christmas Bath Cookies RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe

Next, we have a simple and fun bath and body recipe! Anyone that has made Christmas cookies around the holidays will know how much joy they bring. So, we wanted to take this wonderful energy and create the delightful Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe, which is basically a super fizzy bath bomb recipe. Plus, this recipe uses herbs, kaolin clay, and skin-loving oils to create a recipe that will really care for your kin. Plus, you will use your hands to form cookie shapes. This means that you aren’t going to need a soap mold. Then, the melt and pour soap is used to frost the top of this sugar cookie bath product, which you can top with festive sprinkles. Such a simple recipe that is perfect for anyone looking for easy homemade soap recipes!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Christmas Cookies Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil

Appropriately, our Christmas cookie bath fizzies were scented with the Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil. In fact, we were inspired by the tasty aroma of this fragrance to create something that was fun and yummy. There’s nothing more fun on Christmas than festive cookies fresh from the oven. Our fragrance captures the essence of this moment with an aroma that smells just like a freshly-baked batch of buttery Christmas Cookies that is decorated with sweet vanilla frosting. It is just such a perfect cookie aroma for this bath recipe!

Pistachio Pudding Soap RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Pistachio Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Also, you can use this melt and pour soap base to create some delicious dessert soaps. We used the cocoa butter melt and pour soap along with diamond clear and a whipped soap base to make our Pistachio Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. We used some melt and pour soap to create layers that perfectly matched a real slice of pistachio pudding!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Pistachio Pudding Cake Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Pistachio Pudding Cake Fragrance Oil

For this super cute recipe we used the delicious scent of Pistachio Pudding Cake Fragrance Oil.  This fragrance has the aroma of pistachio nuts, almonds, sweet honey, heliotrope, and creamy vanilla custard. So, you can have a melt and pour soap recipe that smells and looks just like the real thing!

Cherry Chocolate Soap RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe

Next, we have a cherry chocolate soap recipe that is perfect for creating cute little guest soaps that are sure to start a conversation. These soaps are unique and scrumptious. The scent of the strong cherry fragrance mixed with the true chocolate scent of cocoa powder makes for an unforgettable soap that you are sure to love!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Cherry Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Cherry Fragrance Oil

Another reason why this recipe is so delicious is because of the Cherry Fragrance Oil! Anyone that enjoys cherries is going to adore this fragrance, as it has the undeniable aroma fresh tart red cherries. Plus, it is very strong!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Swirled Melt and Pour Soap RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Another on of our fun and easy homemade soap recipes is the Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. If you have ever wanted to swirl melt and pour soap, then you know that it can be hard! While cold process soap can be used to create some gorgeous swirls, melt and pour sometimes blends instead of swirling.

But, have no fear because there is a trick for swirling melt soap that is fairly simple. All you have to do is add cosmetic clay to you soap and they will allow you to create pretty swirled soaps! We included rose clay, which is referred to as pink clay, and kaolin clay because they are both gentle, skin loving clays. Plus, we used Cocoa Powder as a natural colorant and to add to the chocolate scent of the fragrance oil. This is a fun soap recipe to create and you can even use this swirling technique in your other melt and pour soap recipes!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil

Another great scent to add to your soap making supplies is this aroma blend of sweet, juicy strawberry and decadent chocolate. This delicious blend is a great Valentines day scent, but would be perfect for all year round, too. Our Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil has hints of orange liquor that  are used to accent the sweet fruity tones of this luscious dessert scent. Then, the juicy red strawberry scent is blended with a creamy milk chocolate aroma, sweet vanilla creme, and rich maple combine to create a decadent dessert scent.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe

Next, we have a soap making recipe that would be perfect to use for guest soaps. They are big enough to last a few washes and the batch makes a whole bunch, so you will be all set for hosting! Our Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe creates about 24 little bars of soap that will really care for the skin. We included ingredients that are sure to help care for the skin. We added sugar to exfoliate the skin and luscious oil to moisturize, too. Furthermore, the strong aroma of true vanilla powder is perfect for heightening the scent of the fragrance oil.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: NG Warm Vanilla & Sugar Type Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: NG Warm Vanilla & Sugar Type Fragrance Oil

The NG Warm Vanilla & Sugar Type Fragrance Oil is another one of our fabulous fragrance oils! This sweet scent blends perfectly with the aroma of the added vanilla powder as it is a warm aroma of vanilla with a musky background notes. This oil scent is a lovely blend that is simple and sweet.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Beet Root Facial Soap RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe

Another great recipe that uses Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap is the Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe. Since this soap base is moisturizing and full of great ingredients, it is safe to use on the face. Another important part about this recipe is that it is unscented, as fragrance oils may lead to break outs on the face. So, this lovely soap recipe is perfect for getting  squeaky clean while caring for you skin.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Macaroon Melt and Pour Soap RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Macaroon Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Next, we have a soap that look like macaroons! These yummy treats come in so many different flavors, so you can mix up the coloring to create the type of macaron soap that you want! Also, you could even add color to the filling if you wanted. So, try out the yummy Macaroon Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! For each cookie we used a Mini Sugar Cookie Mold to create two colored cookies and filled them with fluffy whipped soap.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Almond Macaroon Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Almond Macaroon Fragrance Oil

In these bright macaroons we used the Almond Macaroon Fragrance Oil. If you wanted, you could scent each of your differently colored cookies with a different scent. However, we enjoyed this tasty almond cookie scent. The aroma starts with notes of sweet orange and toasted almonds. Next, the scent carries a bakery aroma with warm cookie and toasted nut. Lastly, the base of this scent is a Vanilla bean, which sweetens the cookie tones and finishes the gourmand treat.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Soap Frosting RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Soap Frosting Recipe

Another great way that you can use make and pour soap base is the Soap Frosting Recipe. This fun recipe allows you to create a whipped frosting that can be used for all kinds of dessert recipes. Whether you want to create a soap cupcake, frosted cookie soap, or make a fluffy filling, this recipe is perfect! Plus, you can switch out the cocoa butter soap base with any of your favorite MP soap types.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Buttercream Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Buttercream Fragrance Oil

Since this recipe is used to make a white frosting, we decided to use our Buttercream Fragrance Oil. This fragrance has an aroma that is a sweet, creamy buttercream frosting with a touch of vanilla. While this sweet dessert scent is perfect for creating frosting, you can change the scent to match your own recipes.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies RecipeCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe

This next melt and pour soap recipe reminds me of those yummy cake pops! Moist, fluffy cake surrounded by smooth, rich chocolate all bit sized and on a stick. If you want to learn how to make soap cake pops, then this may be a good recipe to start with! Later, you could use this idea to create all kinds of cute cake pop soaps. So, try out our Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe! We used a silicone soap mold and lollipop sticks to create little soap bars that look just like a bite sized cake. Such a simple recipe that will leave you with some fantastic melt and pour soaps.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance OilCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil

If you love chocolate, then this next soap making fragrance is perfect for you! This is a complex and delicious scent that will having you inspired to create soap beautiful homemade soaps. The Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil is a combination of lemon, orange, bergamot and mandarin top notes. Then, notes of lily of the valley and coriander are added to unmistakable notes of sweet chocolate, which is enveloped in warm vanilla and musk. Such a gorgeously complex chocolate scent oil.

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: What's a Cake PopCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: What’s a Cake Pop

If you have never made or eaten a cake pop, then you may be thinking “What is a Cake Pop?” They are a bit sized cakes that are surrounded by frosting and on a convenient stick. Divas Can Cook has a great recipe for creating Cake Pops. If you are interested, check out their recipe How to Make Cake Pops … Easily!!! There are tips for beginners and a full recipe to create these little cake treats!

Cocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Find Us On Social MediaCocoa Butter Soap Recipes: Find Us On Social Media

You hope that you have found some melt and pour soap recipes that you enjoy! If you have any questions or run into any problems, then you can reach out to use at Natures Garden. Of course, you can always stop in or call the the store during business hours. Additionally, you can reach out to us on social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Also, these would be perfect places to share with us your favorite recipes or even your own creations. We hope to hear from you soon!

Jun
25

How To Make Soap


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How to Make Soap from Scratch 

The earliest recorded proof of soap making, saponification, was found around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.  The recipe for this soap-like substance consisted of water, alkali, and cassia oil.  Years later, in ancient Rome, soap was made using tallow, tree ash, and water.  Fast forward to today, soap is made using vegetable or animal fats/oils, and an alkaline mixture of lye and water.  One thing is for certain:  soap cannot be made without lye.  Even when soap was made with tree ash, water, and tallow, the tree ash contained lye.  You see, fats and water do not mix together, therefore, lye works as an emulsifier that allows these polar opposite ingredients to combine to make soap.

Before you make soap, make sure that you become familiar with the safety precautions to follow when handling lye.  Natures Garden provides a Soap Making Safety Class that will explain the hazards of soap making, and the necessary safety gear that you should wear when making soap.

Now that you understand how important safety is when making soap, you will need to buy the equipment and soap making supplies you need to make homemade soap.

Equipment you will need for soap making- By the way, once your equipment comes into contact with lye, you can NEVER use this equipment for food contact again!  Ingestion of lye can kill you.

1.  Heavy duty plastic bowls
2.  Plastic spoons or Silicone spatulas
3.  Whisk or Stick Blender
4.  Thermometer
5.  Soap Safe Molds- such as plastic or silicone (never allow lye to come into contact with aluminum)
6.  Scales to weigh out your ingredients
7.  Plastic wrap to insulate your soap while it cures
8.  Safety goggles, safety gloves, safety mask, and wear long sleeve clothing to protect skin from being burned.
9.  Spray bottle containing vinegar.  Keep a bottle of vinegar with you when mixing your lye just in case; it will neutralize the lye and stop the burning process immediately.

Soap Making Recipe and Exact Amounts that you will need to make soap:

The recipe we use at Natures Garden to test our fragrance oils is listed below.  We use this recipe because it allows you to make colorful swirled soap once you have more experience.  We also love this recipe because it is very moisturizing to the skin, yet still provides a creamy lather.  This recipe makes 3 pounds of soap.

12.16 oz Water (345 grams)
4.4 oz Lye (125 grams)

9.6 oz Olive Oil (272 grams)
9.6oz Shea Butter (272 grams)
6.4 oz Coconut Oil 76 (181.5 grams)
6.4 oz Palm Oil (181.5 grams)
2 oz. Copperhue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant (optional- but if you use color, we suggest using orange color)

Instructions for making soap:

  1. It’s important to prep your area with the equipment and items you will need before you start. You don`t want to have to stop half way through and run to go get something!
  2. You should be mixing your lye solution in a well-ventilated area. No kids or pets anywhere nearby! Lye is very caustic and will create fumes that should not be inhaled as they can burn the tissue of your lungs. Also if it gets splashed on you, it can cause a nasty burn on the skin.
  3. Make sure that you have your bottle of vinegar handy if you get lye solution on your skin.
  4. Weigh out your lye
  5. Weigh out your distilled water
  6. Slowly add lye to your distilled water and stir until lye is dissolved.  NEVER EVER add your water to the lye!  It will produce a hazardous volcano scenario.
  7. Set you water/lye solution somewhere safe where kids and pets cannot get to it or knock it over.  Allow this solution to cool to around 90-100F.
  8. Weigh out your oils and butters.
  9. Melt your oils and butters until they are completely melted, but be careful not to get them too hot or they may burn.
  10. Allow your oils/butters to cool to around 100F.
  11. Add your lye/water solution to your oil/butter solution and mix with a whisk or a hand blender until the batter is emulsified.
  12. Add color to your soap mixture
  13. Add fragrance oil to your soap mixture and bring to trace.  (Trace is a pudding like soap consistency).
  14. Pour soap mixture into soap molds (my favorite molds are silicone loaf molds).
  15. Cover molds with plastic wrap, and place molds somewhere that they will not be disturbed.
  16. Allow soap to remain in covered molds for 24-48 hours.
  17. Remove soap from the molds.  Slice.
  18. Allow soap to cure in a cool, ventilated area for 2-6 weeks.
  19. After soap has fully cured, you can use it.

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