Ok, this is probably the hardest DIY recipe I plan to share. It involves chemicals as well so I’m a bit hesitant to share but it’s the best soap recipe I’ve found (so far) and my whole family loves this moisturizing soap. The large amounts of oil leaves our skin much more moisturized than traditional soap and outside of the lye** there are no chemical substances in this recipe. When working with the lye please work in a very well ventilated area and be careful, as it mixes with the water it will get VERY hot and emit fumes. So please take heed if you follow this recipe.
36 oz olive oil
6 oz coconut oil
3 oz castor oil
6 oz N4OH (Lye/sodium hydroxide)
12 oz water
Essential Oils of your choice – I personally use 20-30 drops each of Peppermint and Rosemary and it smells heavenly!
Put your 12 oz water in a heat proof container and on a heat proof surface in a well ventilated area. Add lye and let cool (~30-40 minutes).
Once it is almost cool measure out all other oils (except the essential oils) and put in a large pot. Melt together over medium-low heat (~5 minutes).
Pour in cooled lye mixture and essential oils. Using an immersion blender mix everything together, stirring constantly until you develop a trace. Pour mixture into molds (I personally line a baking pan with parchment paper and use it as one giant mold, I late cut the soap into squares) and let cool.
You can take the mixture out of the molds once cool but allow the soap to cure for at least 3 weeks before using. I make several batches at a time and they last months. Once cool, I put them in large ziplock bags with the dates on them and store them (unsealed) in my closet.
They may not look pretty, but your skin will thank you for this lovely soap! If you want it to look prettier you can buy pretty soap molds (I found this cumbersome but I don’t mind ugly looking soap either!).
**Information found here: In the soap making process you need a certain amount of lye solution and a certain amount of oil in order to make soap. Once the lye and the oil are mixed they combine in a chemical reaction called saponification which results in a new product – ‘soap’. This reaction takes some time to complete. Once the lye solution and the oil have been mixed together and blended until they trace (become thick) the mixture is poured into a mold and insulated so that the chemical reaction can continue. I do not know exactly at what point the chemical reaction is complete but typically soap is left to cure for 4 – 6 weeks after it is made. This ensures that the chemical reaction is finished and that the soap is gentle for skin use.