Long-lasting quality bar soap.
Here is an
actual recipe we sometimes use for soap sold on this website. Many
hundreds of pounds of fine soap has been made with this recipe -
to the great applause of our customers. This is a nice
soap - and relatively easy to make.
A course in
soap making is beyond the scope of this soap recipe. It is
assumed that you already know the basics of soap-making and have
assembled the necessary utensils to make soap (pots, whisk, a
long handled spoon or two, thermometer, ladle, plastic gloves,
safety glasses, an accurate food scale..) If you need more
information on the basics of soap making - try
White's website and fine book.
For a batch of
soap of 100 ounces (in weight) in oil, the following is a
breakdown of the oils used in the soap (you can make half this
batch... one quarter this batch.. etc. Just get your calculator
out and divide each component of the recipe accordingly):
All amounts shown
14.00 to 14.78
ounces of Sodium Hydroxide (Lye).
14.0 ounces of Lye is the minimum you should use. 14.0
ounces of Lye results in a 5% "superfatted" soap and would be a
"dry skin" formula. 14.78 ounces of Lye is the maximum amount
you should use. Using 14.78 ounces of Lye would be a
"Normal/Oily Skin" formula. In practice - the Soap Maker at
Mission Peak Soap usually takes the midpoint between these 2
values - that would be 14.39 ounces of lye.
Fragrance: 4 & 1/4 tablespoons (yes, tablespoons)
of Lavender Essential Oil (lavendula dentata and/or Lavendin)
and 2 Tablespoons of Rosemary Essential Oil.
Herb: Your choice. 2 level tablespoons of finely
ground dried Rosemary adds a nice touch.
Lavender buds are a little scratchy...
Put on your
rubber gloves and eye protection. Have rinse water handy for Lye
that may come in contact with you. Better yet - keep a mild
vinegar solution handy to counteract any spilled Lye. Work in a
well ventilated area.
molds ready. Lay them all out. Professional molds are nice.
Small dixie cups work OK and make nice little round soaps that
look like cupcakes.. Any other kind of plastic tray molds
(Tupperware) work fine also. A casserole dish lined with plastic
wrap is also nice (don't forget the plastic wrap!). Figure that
a full batch of soap as outlined above (100 ounces of oil, 14
ounces of Lye and 30 ounces of Water) is about 150 fluid
ounces. Read the containers you plan to pour the soap into. If
they say "6 fluid ounces" - you're going to need at least 25 of
them to hold all of your soap. Have extras handy. Get them ready.
your dried Rosemary and Essential Oils and set aside. Some
essential oils melt plastic. You might want to use a steel
measuring cup for the essential oils.
Stir the Lye
into the (cold) Water. Set aside. Stir occasionally. Use
distilled (or rain) water. Don't breath the fumes from the lye
Warm olive, coconut and palm oils in a large
pot. Keep the temperature at about 120 degrees.
When Lye has
cooled to 130 degrees:
and Lye/Water mixtures when both are between 125 to 130 degrees.
Stir with whisk for 1 minute. Add the dried herb. Stir for
stirring occasionally until mixture starts to thicken - about 30
minutes. You can use a stick blender - for a couple of bursts.
However, this oil mixture thickens fairly well without a lot of
excess agitation. Add essential oils (warm essential
oils if possible). Stir well one last time.
thickened mixture into molds. Use a ladle if necessary. Don't
touch the soap with your hands. Use spatula to clean out pot.
(note: If you are pouring into small molds, you'll want to start
pouring before the mixture is so thick it's not pourable. For a
single, larger mold, you can let the emulsion thicken somewhat
Leave soap in
the molds for 3 days undisturbed in a warm place covered with
cardboard and a towel. Then, for soap in small molds,
place soap overnight in freezer. Pop frozen soap from molds
onto white paper towels. Let dry in warm, dry place for 30 days
before using. If you have used a larger mold lined with plastic
wrap - you won't need to freeze the soap to get it out of the
mold. Just turn it upside down over a cutting board, peel off
plastic wrap and cut into usable sized pieces. Place the pieces
on white paper towels and let dry for 30 days.
makes a wonderful, long-lasting, fragrant (but not
over-powering) soap suitable for bathing and hand-washing.
*We sell a
pre-blended mixture of the oils shown above, ready for soapmaking. If you're new to soapmaking, a pre-blended
container of oils will save you a lot of time and money over
ordering the materials individually, and blending them precisely
together. We guarantee our blended oils will make a nice bar of
soap when used properly.
Buy pre-blended oils.
Mission Peak Soap is a
member of the following organizations: