It's finally soap recipe time!
Anxious to get started? I wasn't trying to build suspense. I just wanted you to know what you're getting into. Soap making is the hardest DIY I've taught — caustic lye, specific tools, often expensive and hard-to-find ingredients — and a four-week process!
- Week 1: Learn about lye, saponification and cold-process
- Week 2: Supplies and ingredients
- Week 3: The method in 12 steps
- Week 4: My favourite recipes
- Week 5: Troubleshooting and your questions answered!
Use a soap making calculator
Meet my favourite soap making calculator. "Pin" it to your toolbar. Memorize the URL. Write it in your soon-to-be soap recipe book! I can't do without it.
A soap calculator helps you create your own one-of-a-kind recipes with over 100 choices for fats, oils and waxes. You decide how big the batch — my block holds 1,200 grams of oils, fats and waxes. It tells you how much lye and water you'll need to saponify the ingredients and the qualities of your bar — hardness, cleansing, bubbly, etc.—giving you a safe range for great soap!
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Green clay soap recipe
Batch size: 1,082 grams of fats and oils yields approximately 25 bars
Qualities: medium hardness, low cleansing but highly conditioning (not very bubbly)
350 g olive oil
257 g grapeseed oil
210 g coconut oil,
190 g rice bran oil
75 g mango seed butter
411 g water
145 g lye
Optional: four tablespoons green clay, two tablespoons ground orange peel and 0.6 grams eucalyptus and juniper berry essential oils.
Licorice soap recipe
Batch size: 1,200 grams of fats and oils yields approximately 25 bars
Qualities: highly conditioning and medium cleansing
325 g olive oil
300 g coconut oil
250 g grapeseed oil
125 g sunflower oil
100 g apricot kernel oil
60 g castor oil
40 g shea butter
456 g water
166 g lye
Optional additives: half a cup of organic ground oats, 2 tablespoons warmed honey and 0.6 grams anise essential oil.
Shampoo bar soap recipe
Batch size: 1,238 grams of fats and oils yields approximately 25 bars
Qualities: highly conditioning and quite bubbly
439 g olive oil
350 g coconut oil
350 g castor oil
39 g jojoba oil
15 g sweet almond oil
15 g apricot kernel oil
15 g avocado oil
15 g shea butter
470 g water
170 g lye
Optional additives: 0.6 grams in total of tangerine, rosemary, lavender and ylang ylang essential oils.
These recipes work well following the method I shared last week.
Still have questions? Comment on this blog and I'll answer them next week, along with some troubleshooting tips!
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Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green