This is a gentle, foamy moisturizing soap that you will love! It's easy to customize with fragrances, textures (ground cloves, herbs, etc). My favorite oil is tea tree because it's so skin-friendly, but I also love lavender, frankincense, clove with citrus...
NOTE: ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE BY WEIGHT, not by measuring cup.
Servings: 2 pounds (about 12 bars)
- 9 oz coconut oil
- 2 oz shea butter
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 1 oz beeswax shaved or pellets
- 9 oz olive oil
- 5 oz castor oil
- 3 oz sweet almond oil or can use Jojoba oil
- 4 oz filtered water
- 6 oz coconut milk (or more water)
- 4 oz lye (drain cleaner; can be found in hardware stores)
- 1/2 oz essential oils (optional)
Prepare your mold (plastic shoebox lined with wax paper).
WEIGH your fats/beeswax and place in a large stainless pot. Melt on low temperature. When melted, set aside to cool to 100° F.
WEIGH lye in a baggie, slowly pour into container of WEIGHED liquids (water or water/milk combo) (see main instructions for precautions). Set aside to cool to 100° F.
Weigh essential oils and set aside for later.
When melted fats and lye water are both as close to 100° as possible, pour the lye water into the fats and alternate using a mixer and stirring by hand until mixture begins to trace.
Stir in essential oils and other ingredients you like (ground cloves, herbs, cinnamon, etc.)
Pour into the mold, wrap in towels and let sit in a temperate place for 24 hours.
Remove soap from mold and cut into bars. If you make the bars about 1" x 2" x 3", you'll get 12 or so.
Place bars on a rack with good air circulation and let it harden for 6 weeks. Don't use the soap before 6 weeks, as the lye can still be active.