Palm Free Lavender and Lemon Soap

This was my first attempt at a palm oil free soap. Palm oil is notoriously unsustainably  harvested, and it can be argued that it is not vegetarian, since many forest animals (namely orangutans) die in the harvest. The soap was quite soft (since there is no palm oil), so I’ll either add cocoa butter to it or let it sit longer before I unmold it next time. This recipe makes twelve 4 oz bars of soap.


*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 10 oz Olive Oil
  • 10.5 oz Coconut Oil
  • 5 oz Castor Oil
  • 5 oz Canola Oil
  • 5 oz Almond Oil
  • 12.5 oz water
  • 4.9 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 0.5 oz Lavender EO
  • 0.5 oz Lemon EO
  • 1 tbsp Lavender buds


Base Oil Composition:

  • 28.1% Olive Oil
  • 29.6% Coconut Oil
  • 14.1% Castor Oil
  • 14.1% Canola Oil
  • 14.1% Almond Oil



More detailed directions here.

  1. In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, combine essential oils. Set aside.
  3. In a separate container, combine the base oils. Heat to about 120F.
  4. When the lye water is about 130F (within 10F of the oils), pour the lye water into your base oils and blend with a stick blender.
  5. Just before trace, add the EO blend and Lavender buds.
  6. Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 2-3 days.
  7. Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.