Homemade Soap From Scratch
Serves: 6 Soaps
  • 6 oz oil* {I used a combo of coconut/olive oils}
  • 1.93 oz distilled/purified water
  • .76 oz lye {100% sodium hydroxide}
  • Optional: add-ins of your choice
  1. Properly weigh out all three ingredients.
  2. Standing back, pour the lye into the water {never the other way around!!} and stir until it gets clear and set aside. It will fume/heat up so don't breathe it in and make sure you're in a well ventilated area.
  3. Heat your oil/s in a separate bowl. I used a microwave and heated in short bursts just until the coconut oil melted Using a digital thermometer allow both your oil and water/lye to be at 110*
  4. Pour the lye/water into the oil/s.
  5. Stir/blend by hand for the first 5-10 minutes. You can then switch over to an immersion blender if you'd like. It's ready when it's thickened and homogeneous. It should resemble loose pudding or pale egg yolks.
  6. Stir in your desired add-ins.
  7. Pour into molds. Wrap in plastic and cover with a towel to rest in a dark/undisturbed place of 1-2 days.
  8. It's ready to turn out onto baking racks when the soaps are firm. It's important to allow the air to circulate on every side which is why a baking rack is helpful here.
  9. Allow your soaps to dry/cure on the rack for 5 weeks before using.
  10. Keep them individually wrapped in an airtight container.
This recipe is *specifically* tested with 3 oz olive oil and 3 oz coconut oil. Other oils I like are avocado, cacao butter, jojoba, grapeseed, and lard-yes lard ;)
As for add-ins: natural colors like cocoa powder/cinnamon, turmeric or beet root and essential oils, pressed herbs/flowers, oatmeal, sea salt, coffee grinds..the options are endless!
Recipe by The Squishy Monster at http://thesquishymonster.com/2015/03/homemade-soap-from-scratch.html