This basic homemade soap recipe is a good place to start as it will allow you to practice the process of making homemade soap; mixing the ingredients, getting the texture right and simply getting to know the whole process. This recipe is for a cold process soap and you need to pre-measure all ingredients before getting starting and have all your equipment ready.
9 oz | 255 grams coconut oil
21 oz | 595 grams olive oil
9 oz | 255 grams distilled water
4.1 oz | 166 grams sodium hydroxide
- Blend the oils in a stainless steel or enamel saucepan and heat up gently until fluid and mixed well. Remove from the heat.
- Pour the distilled water into a glass or plastic bowl and mix in the lye (sodium hydroxide) and stir until dissolved. Protect yourself with gloves and goggles and avoid any contact with skin and eyes.
- Place a thermometer in the lye mixture and let it set while checking the temperature until it reaches 32-40 degrees Celsius or 90-110 Fahrenheit.
- Mix in the oils, the key is to reach a temperature between 90-110 degrees Fahrenheit or 32-45 degrees Celsius.
- Place your stick blender in the bowl and start mixing until the mixture thickens. It is ready when it starts smelling like soap and leaves trace.
- Quickly pour the mixture into the mold before it starts to get solid
- Wrap the mold in a towel and leave it to set for 24 hours
- Clean up all the equipment
- After 24 hours, put your gloves on again and remove the soap from the mold and cut into the shapes and pieces you prefer. Leave them for about 3-4 weeks. You can test with pH-strips.