Palm Free Peppermint Cocoa Butter Soap


My second attempt at a palm oil free soap turned out much better than I anticipated. 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 hardened well, and I unmolded it without problems. I used cocoa butter this time. This recipe makes twelve 4 oz bars of soap.


*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 11.4 oz Olive Oil
  • 11.4 oz Coconut Oil
  • 3.8 oz Castor Oil
  • 6.5 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 4.9 oz Sunflower Oil
  • 10-11 oz water
  • 5.34 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 1 oz Peppermint EO
  • 1 tbsp Bentonite Clay


Base Oil Composition:

  • 30% Olive Oil
  • 30% Coconut Oil
  • 10% Castor Oil
  • 13% Sunflower Oil
  • 17% Cocoa Butter



More detailed directions here.

  1. In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool.
  2. Set aside the essential oil in a small bowl.
  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 and clay.
  6. Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
  7. Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.