After experimenting with my first castile soap, I’ve decided that it’s better to use a coconut and olive oil blend soap. The castile soap I made had some odd consistency, although it was very moisturizing and gentle. This soap is a blend of olive, coconut, and almond oil. It’s mostly olive oil, so I’m planning to cure it for a few months (as opposed to weeks).
This recipe is for 5.6 pounds of soap.
*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.
- 63 oz Olive Oil
- 20.7 oz Coconut Oil
- 6.3 oz Almond Oil
- 28 oz water
- 12.42 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- 1 oz Lemongrass EO
- 2 oz Lavender EO
- 0.5 oz Peppermint EO
- 2 tbsp tumeric
- 4 tbsp kaolin clay
Base Oil Composition:
- 70% Olive Oil
- 23% Coconut Oil
- 7% Almond Oil
Make sure you follow all the general safety precautions for making soap before you start.
- In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool. Be very careful not to spill, as this is a highly concentrated solution of lye. Keep some white vinegar nearby for an emergency neutralization.
- When the lye solution is close to 110F, set up a double boiler. Gently heat the olive oil to about 100F.
- Combine the clay with the warmed oils. Stir gently to mix thoroughly.
- Carefully pour the lye water into the oils. Gently stir with a heat safe rod.
- Pulse the stick blender in the mixture a few times, and then gently blend until you are about halfway to trace.
- Add the tumeric and essential oils. Pulse the blender to mix, stopping as you reach trace.
- Pour in the mold, and wait 1-2 days before cutting.
- Cure for 4-6 months.