I’m still honing my CP soap recipe. I’ve done a few things differently this time than the first few times.
- My last soaps were super moisturizing, but I found that they melted away more quickly than other soaps. I think it’s because I used 8% excess fat in my soaps – not enough lye – so the hardness of the soap was lower. This time, I lowered the percent excess fat from 8% to 6%.
- The previous soaps had a nice smell to them, but I felt it was overall quite faint. I increased the amount of essential oils in this recipe.
- I also just found out that the Palm Oil industry is notoriously unsustainable, so I’ve decided to use up my supply of Palm Oil, and then find a replacement oil.
Ingredients for twelve 4 oz bars of soap (in a 48 oz loaf mold, ~3 lbs of soap):
*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.
- 4.6 oz. lye (NaOH)
- 9.6 oz. Olive Oil
- 9.6 oz. Palm Oil
- 9.6 oz. Coconut Oil
- 3.2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
- 10 oz. water
- 0.75 oz. Anise essential oil
- 0.75 oz. Fir essential oil
- 1 tbsp Myrrh gum powder
More detailed directions here.
- In a well-ventilated area with proper safety gear, mix the lye and water together.
- Mix and heat your base oils to about 130F.
- Once the lye cools to within 10F of the oils, stir the Myrrh gum powder into the lye mixture.
- Using a stick blender, mix the base oils and lye/Myrrh gum powder until you almost reach trace.
- Add the essential oils and continue to blend until you reach trace.
- Pour into a loaf mold, wait a day, then cut. Cure for 6-8 weeks.