Tag Archives: making soap with lye


Beard Soap Recipe

This entry was posted in essential oils, hot process soap, Natures Garden, soap for men, soap recipe, soapmaking and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

Beard Soap RecipeBeard Soap Recipe

We at Natures Garden combined the benefits of various oils to create the perfect Beard Soap Recipe! Not only will this clean your scruff, but the oils that are included were specifically chosen to enhance your beard and promote healthy growth. These oils work from the root of each follicle all the way to the tip to create the healthiest facial hair possible. Plus, this recipe soothes the skin beneath your facial hair if it is irritated from dryness or ingrown hairs. Overall, this recipe will take your beard game to a new level of awesome.

Beard Soap Recipe Ingredients Available from Natures Garden

Silicon Soap Mold – 4 Loaf Molds
Coconut Oil 76
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Olive Oil Pomace
Castor Oil
Lanolin USP Liquid Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
Shea Butter
Gurjun Balsam Essential Oil
Safety Gloves for Soap Making – 1 Pair
Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Cutter for Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety Mask for Soap Making – 2 count

Beard Soap Recipe Other Ingredients & Equipment Needed

Silicone Mixing Spoon
Two Large Mixing Spoon
Stick Blender
Distilled Water

Beard Soap Recipe  Total Weights for All Ingredients

182 grams of the Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
517 grams of the Distilled Water
340 grams of the Coconut Oil 76
68 grams of the Jojoba Oil
163 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil
68 grams of the Olive Oil Pomace
68 grams of the Castor Oil
41 grams of the Lanolin
68 grams of the Sesame Seed Oil
272 grams of the Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
272 grams of the Shea Butter
100 grams of the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil

Beard Soap Recipe Get Familiar with the Soap Making Process

If this is your first time creating soap with lye, then you may want to read over a few of our classes for beginner soap makers. First, this Soap Making Safety class shares some basics, such as safe soapmaking practices, clean up, and the curing process. Additionally, the Soap Making Terminology class briefly shares soaper lingo and abbreviations that you may come across.

Finally, the classes of Making Your Own Soap Recipe  and Soap Making- Finding the Perfect Recipe explain the steps to creating a perfect bar of soap and creating your very own soap recipe. Further, the Soaping Oil Properties class goes over the impact different oils have on a bar of soap. On another note, you could create this beard soap recipe using a cold process method.  You would use the same ingredients, just a different process.  If you have never made cold process soap before, check out our Cold Process Soap Class 101.

 Beard Soap Recipe Soaping From Scratch Safety Reminders

First, you should always wear the appropriate protection when making soap from scratch. Lye that has not fully become soap can react with skin and cause damage. Plus, you will want to avoid breathing in the fumes created as you make your lye water So, you will want to wear a face mask to protect your lungs and keep you aware. Also, it is in your best interest to wear protective clothing, eye protection, and gloves.

You also want to make sure all of your materials needed are prepared prior to starting. Make sure that anything you use to create soap is never used for cooking or in other body products. Meaning, your crockpot should remain as your soaping crockpot. Simply find or buy a cheap device that you won’t miss in the kitchen.

Finally, never ever add the water to your lye. Adding water to the lye could be very dangerous, creating a volcanic effect! Instead, remember that you should slowly add your lye to your water slowly. Stirring the water slowly as well.

Beard Soap Recipe Explaining the Beneficial Properties of the Ingredients Used

If you are curious as to why we’ve used some of these oils in this soap, then check out the following explanation of our reasons for choosing these specific ingredients. First of all, coconut oil is wonderful for facial hair as it will condition hair all the way down to the roots, which softens and will make your beard appear healthier. Plus, you won’t have to deal with an oily residue feeling, since this oil isn’t as greasy as many others. Additionally, this recipe uses Jojoba Oil, which is very similar to oils in the skin, which makes Jojoba Oil a great facial moisturizer! Plus, we included another great oil that can get all the way down to the pores, olive oil pomace. This oil not only helps repair follicles, but leaves a nice shine.

Next, shea butter is wonderful for repairing hair damage, moisturizing, and promoting healthy growth. Also, we included sweet almond oil to help with any ingrown facial hairs and reducing hair loss. Plus, castor oil was added as it contains vitamin E, minerals, antibacterial properties, and anti-fungal properties. Plus, it can help reduce split ends and lead to a thicker beard, due to its conditioning strength. Further, cocoa butter is perfect for healthy facial hair as it strengthens the hair and add volume. Then, we used Lanolin to care for the skin beneath your beard  to protect against dry skin and burns. Additionally, the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil is very beneficial for eliminating and preventing dandruff from your beard by cleansing the scalp of this dry skin. Finally, we added sesame seed oil to act as a natural sunscreen as well as prevent premature graying of hair and help darken your hair.

Beard Soap Recipe Weighing and Melting Your Soaping OilsBeard Soap Recipe Weighing and Melting Your Soaping Oils

First, you are going to prepare all of the beneficial soaping oils and butters for this hot process soaping recipe. So, you are going to tare the weight of one of your mixing bowls on the scale. Then, weigh out 272 grams of the Shea Butter, 272 grams of the Cocoa Butter Golden Natural, 163 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil, 68 grams of the Olive Oil Pomace, 68 grams of the Sesame Seed Oil, 41 grams of the Lanolin, 340 grams of the Coconut Oil 76, 68 grams of the Castor Oil, and 68 grams of the Jojoba Oil into the same bowl.

Now, you are going to melt all of your weighed soaping oils and butters. So, you will turn your crockpot on to a low setting. Then, place all of your oils and butters into this crockpot. You will heat the oils until they are all in a liquid state. You may want to stir these ingredients as they are melting to be sure the oils do not burn. While you are waiting for the oils and butters to melt, you may want to start creating your lye water mixture.

Beard Soap Recipe Creating Your Lye WaterBeard Soap Recipe Creating Your Lye Water

Next, you will be creating the lye water phase for your hot process soap recipe. You will want to do this in a well ventilated area. If you are not in a vented area, then go to one for this step. Also, make sure that you are wearing the necessary skin, safety gear. Then, separately weigh your 517 grams of the Distilled Water and your 182 grams of the Lye in two small bowls.  After, place your lye water in front of your and grab a rubber spatula. Gently stir the water as you slowly add the previously weighed amount of lye. This will create fumes, so make sure you are wearing your safety mask. Also, remember that you should never add water to the lye.

Beard Soap Recipe Mixing Your Oils and Lye SolutionBeard Soap Recipe Mixing Your Oils and Lye Solution

Now, you are going to begin combining the lye water with your melted oils in the crockpot. When combining the lye solution and oils it leads to a chemical reaction that makes soap. As you create this soap, be careful as you take your lye water and add it to your crockpot with the melted oils.

While we would normally worry about the temperatures of the oil and water phases in cold process soap, we are using hot process soap. This means that the ingredients can be combined at different temperatures as they will be heated together in the crockpot anyways. Now, stick blend the mixture as it is in the crockpot until the batter reaches trace. If you aren’t sure, trace is the point in which the soap batch begins to get a bit thicker and an almost pudding-like consistency. Typically, I will take some of the batch up in a spatula and allow it to fall as I move the spatula back and forth across the top. If there is a slight line left on top of your batter, then you are at trace. If not, keep on mixing until you can see the trace!

Beard Soap Recipe Placing the Lid on the CrockpotBeard Soap Recipe Placing the Lid on the Crockpot

After you reach trace, you can place the lid on your crockpot to allow the batch to cook. However, you won’t simply leave the batch entire unattended. But, you will want to stir your batch periodically to allow the batter to be heated evenly. Otherwise, the bottom of your batch may burn. So, not stirring could lead the soap to not form correctly.

Additionally, the time that it will take for your soap to finish could vary. Typically, it should take about an hour to finish cooking, but this depends on each individual crock pot and the exact temperature that is given on the low setting. So, you will need to determine the end point by the appearance of the soap batch as it is cooking. You will need to wait for the batter to look like mashed potatoes and the consistency will feel as thick as mashed potatoes as well. Now, you’ll be ready for the next step.

Beard Soap Recipe Adding the Essential OilBeard Soap Recipe Adding the Essential Oil

Once your soap batter takes on the appearance of mashed potatoes, it will be time to incorporate the scent. Not only does the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil add a nice, manly scent, but this ingredient provides some benefits to your beard, which were described above. Now, weigh out 100 grams of the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil. Then, mix this essential oil into the batter well to ensure that it is fully incorporated.

Beard Soap Recipe Placing Your Soap Batter into the MoldsBeard Soap Recipe Placing Your Soap Batter into the Molds

Next, you are going to take the finished soap batter and fill your silicone soap molds. So, retrieve your clean 4 cavity silicone soap mold and place it on the surface of your work space. Then, fill each of the mold cavities with your hot process soap batter to create four individual loaves of Beard Soap.

Also, you will want to try to eliminate any are pockets that could be created as you transfer the soap. So, lift and tap the filled molds on the table top a few times. This will help release any air bubbles that may be trapped under the surface. Then, just let your soap loaves harden and cool in a place where they won’t be moved.

BBeard Soap Recipe Finishing Up the Hot Process Soapseard Soap Recipe Finishing Up the Hot Process Soaps

Finally, you can remove your hardened soaps from their molds. While cold process soaps need to cure for a about a month, this recipe is made using the hot process soaping method. This method will speed up the curing process with heat to make sure that all of the lye has reacted with the oils and butters. Thus, the lye will not be able to cause damage to the skin. Meaning, this awesome beard soap will be ready for immediate use! After, you can cut your soap loaves into usable sized bars of beard soap. Also, the mitre box and cutter will be helpful in cutting your finished soaps. These tools make it easier to cut your loaves and keep the cuts sharp and even. Also, using these will help to cut the loaf into more evenly sized bars. Now, your hot process beard soaps are ready to use, wash, and protect your beard!

As you can tell from this blog, we only included the best oils for your beard! So, clean and care for your beard at the same time with this amazing beard soap!


Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe

This entry was posted in cold process soap, Easter soap, Fragrance Oils, Free Recipes, Natures Garden, soap making recipes, Soap making supplies, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

Peeps Cold Process Soap RecipePeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe

This recipe is a great one for soap lovers and peep lovers alike! The Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe combines the likeness of delicious peep bunnies, the simple fun of melt and pour soap, and the best parts of cold process soap to create a great recipe. The base and topping of this recipe is created from a homemade cold process soap recipe, while the cute peeps bunny embeds were created with simple melt and pour soap instructions. Overall, the recipe is a cute way to ring in the spring and definitely worth a try.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Ingredients From Natures Garden

Sweet Almond Oil
Coconut Oil 76
Grapeseed Oil
Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Yummy Gummy Fragrance Oil
Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap
Neon Pink – FUN Soap Colorant
Deep Purple – FUN Soap Colorant
Neon Yellow – FUN Soap Colorant
Titanium Dioxide Oil Dispersible
Neon Blue – FUN Soap Colorant
Vegetable Glycerin
Peep Bunny 12 Cavity Silicone Mold
Square Loaf Mold
Cutter for Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
8 oz Bullet Bottle
24/410 Fine Mist Sprayer

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Other Ingredients and Equipment

Distilled Water
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Stick Blender
Rubber Spatula
Granulated Sugar
Rubbing Alcohol (in a spray bottle)

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Weights for CP Soap

517 grams Water 

188 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

136 grams Sweet Almond Oil

340 grams Coconut Oil 76

163 grams Grapeseed Oil

340 grams Shea Butter

372 grams Palm Oil

109 grams Castor Oil

84 grams Yummy Gummy Fragrance Oil

43 grams Sodium Lactate

5 grams Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

5 grams Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

4 grams Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant

4 grams Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

15 grams Titanium Dioxide

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Weights for MP Soap

320 grams Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

2 grams Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

16 grams Yummy Gummy Fragrance Oil

2 grams Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

1 gram Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

2 grams Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Clean and Sanitize

Before you begin, make sure that your area and supplies are ready to use. First, make sure that you have a well ventilated area available to create your cp soap that is far away from children and pets. Also, have the appropriate safety attire ready for your own use. Next, clean up the areas that you intend to use for creating this soap. Finally, sanitize the equipment that you will be working with for this recipe. These steps will make this process easier for you and safer for everyone.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Creating the PeepsPeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Creating the Peeps

First, you are going to create the melt and pout peep bunny soaps. These will be used to top the cold process soap that you will be making some later steps. So, before you begin the portion of the recipe that deals with the cold process soap you will be creating eight bunny peeps with melt and pour soap. When the time comes, you can choose to have two of each color or have a different color combination off peep bunny soaps. But, we will provide the amounts needed to achieve the correct colors. So, lets start with the melt and pour.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Melting the Soap

Now, you are going to melt the soap needed to create the bunny peep soaps. Since each peep will require 40 grams of melt and pour soap and we are creating two at a time, we will begin by melting 80 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap. Melt this in 30 second increments. After you color this portion of your soap, you will melt three additional portions in their own bowls to be colored.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Scenting and Coloring the SoapPeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Scenting and Coloring the Soap

Next, you can add the color and scent to your melted soap. Take the melted 80 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap from the previous step. Add 4 grams of the Yummy Gummy Fragrance Oil and the colorant of your choice. Depending on you decision, you will use 2 grams of Neon Pink, 2 grams of Deep Purple, 2 grams of Neon Blue, or 1 gram of Neon Yellow. You can either do a set of each color, or pick your favorites.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Pouring the Soap into the MoldPeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Pouring the Soap into the Mold

Then, you can fill the bunny peeps silicone soap mold. After you color your melt and pour soap, you can pour it into the molds. This should fill two bunny molds. Also, make sure you spray the top of the soap before you move on to you next batch of melt and pour. Once you have repeated these steps to get eight filled bunnies, then its time to move on to the next step.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Sugar Coating the Peep Bunnies (2)Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Sugar Coating the Peep Bunnies

Finally, the last step of the melt and pour process is to cover the bunny peeps in sugar. Once the soap is set up, remove them from the mold. Next, spray the peep bunny soaps with rubbing alcohol to get the sugar to adhere. After, cover the peeps in sugar and be sure to remember the sides as well. Next, let them dry before spraying and coating the backs of your bunny soaps.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Creating the Cold Process Soap

Second, we are going to create the cold process soap portion of this recipe. Set your sugar coated peep bunny soaps aside. After the cp soap is set up in the mold, these will be used in decorate the top of the loaf. Until then, we will use the same four different colors along with white to create a swirled cp soap. Thus, we will be using an in the pot swirl technique.  So, lets get the cold process soap started.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Preparing the LyePeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Preparing the Lye

Now, you are going to prepare you lye solution. Be sure that you are now working in a ventilated and safe area. First, you will weight out 517 grams of distilled water. Next, slowly mix 188 grams of lye into the previously weighed water. Make sure you add the lye to the water. Move on to the next step, but be sure to stir in 43 grams of sodium lactate after this solution has cooled to room temperature.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Preparing the Butters and Oils

Then, we can get the butters and oils ready for later. Take a scale and tare out a new bowl. Weigh 136 grams of Sweet Almond Oil, 340 grams Coconut Oil 76, 163 grams Grapeseed Oil, 340 grams Shea Butter, 372 grams Palm Oil, and 109 grams Castor Oil into the bowl. Once melted let them cool to room temperature

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Preparing the ColorantsPeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Preparing the Colorants 

Next, we are going to get some medium mixing bowls ready with colorants. While we will only have four colors, you will need to have five bowls. Also, we will be adding 225 grams of soap to each so make sure the bowls are big enough.

So, in each of the bowls we will add one color or titanium dioxide. You will put 5 grams of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant in the first bowl and in the second you will put 5 grams of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant. The third will have you put in 4 grams of Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant and the fourth will have 4 grams of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant. In the last bowl you will put 15 grams of Titanium dioxide with a small amount of your melted oils to create a smooth paste.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Mixing at Room TemperaturePeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Mixing at Room Temperature

Now, we can mix the lye solution and the oils together. After both your mixtures have gotten to about room temperature, you can pour the lye solution into the bowl with the oils. Then, add 84 grams of Yummy Gummy Fragrance Oil to the mixture. Blend all these ingredients until you get to the emulsification stage.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Coloring the CP SoapPeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Coloring the CP Soap

After, we are going to separate the soap into the different bowls with colors. The four bowls that contain FUN Soap Colorant will each get 225 grams of your soap batter added to them. Now, the bowl of titanium dioxide will be added to the original bowl after all the colors have been given the right amount of soap. Stick blend the titanium dioxide into the batter. Also, mix your colors starting with the lightest color and try to quickly wipe your blender between.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Separating Soap for the Top

Next, we are going to set some of our white soap aside for later use. Take the bowl containing the Titanium dioxide with soap and separate 225 grams of the batter. Your smaller portion will be used with the colors to swirl the soap. The larger portion will be used in a later step to top the loaf.

Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Doing the Pot SwirlPeeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Doing the Pot Swirl

Now, we are going to swirl the soap colors to get ready for pouring. Find a large bowl that will be able to hold all this soap. Add the white soap the the large bowl first. Then, pour each of the colors into the bowl, right on top of each other. After, use a spatula to swirl, which can be done by placing your spatula in the center of the bowl and moving in a clockwise manner. Next, pour your batter in the soap mold.

IMG_20170307_142214385_HDR-2Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe Finishing off the CP Soap

Finally, we are going to do the last few things to finish off this recipe. First, add the remaining portion of white soap to the top of your loaf. Do your best to make this resemble marshmallow fluff. Then, place the peeps bunny soap that were made previously on top of the white soap. After 24 hours you can remove the cold process soap from the loaf mold and when its hard you can cut the soap. Then, once it has fully cured your soap will be ready to use!