Palm Free Orange Lavender Cocoa Butter Soap

This palm oil free soap is very similar to my last palm free soap, except that I’m using safflower oil in place of castor oil and a sightly different percent composition of base oils. This recipe makes twelve 4 oz bars of soap.


*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 8 oz Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Coconut Oil
  • 3.8 oz Safflower Oil
  • 6.5 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 3.8 oz Sunflower Oil
  • 9.5 oz water
  • 4.15 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 1 oz Orange EO
  • 0.5 oz Lavender EO
  • 1 tbsp Bentonite Clay
  • 1 tbsp Lavender buds
  • 0.05 oz Red Orange Oil Locking Mica Shimmer (colorant)


Base Oil Composition:

  • 26.6% Olive Oil
  • 26.6% Coconut Oil
  • 12.6% Safflower Oil
  • 12.6% Sunflower Oil
  • 21.6% Cocoa Butter



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. I like to break up the hard cocoa butter into small chunks so that it melts more evenly. It will melt around 130-140F.
  4. When the lye water is about 130-140F (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, buds, colorant, and clay.
  6. Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
  7. Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.