Homemade Soap Recipe

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.

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