Cedar Ginger Swirled CP Soap

Here goes my second batch of swirled soap! This soap is a blend of olive oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. I added some kaolin clay, which prevents acne by reducing sebum secretion, and is generally a good detoxifying and cleansing agent. I got a color sample from my recent order to the soap store, and it turned out to be a pretty pink color. Since this is mostly olive oil, we have to cure for 4-6 months.

Unfortunately, when I cut the soap, I got some oil pockets. From what I’ve been reading online, this is likely due to the added fragrance. Since I’ve used cedar EO before without any issues, it must be the ginger EO (this is my first time using ginger). Since the oil pockets are small, the soap is okay. It’s just a little ugly. Bum.


This recipe is for 5 pounds of soap.


*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 47.6 oz Olive Oil
    • Extremely gentle and conditioning in soap.
  • 13.95 oz Coconut Oil
    • Provides cleansing ability to a bar of soap.
  • 6.8 oz Sunflower Oil
    • It provides stable lather, conditioning, and a silky feel to soap. Sunflower oil naturally resists rancidity due to its  high vitamin E content.
  • 21.5 oz water
  • 9.3 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 1 oz Cedar EO
  • 1 oz Ginger EO
  • 3 tbsp kaolin clay
  • 1.3 oz myrrh gum powder in 5.25 oz warm water
  • 0.05 oz Red Orange Oil Locking Mica Shimmer
  • lavender buds, to sprinkle on top

Base Oil Composition:

  • 70% Olive Oil
  • 20% Coconut Oil
  • 10% Sunflower Oil


Make sure you follow all the general safety precautions for making soap before you start.

  1. 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.
  2. Mix the myrrh gum powder and water in a separate container, which is about 4 cups in volume. Set aside.
  3. When the lye solution is close to 110F, set up a double boiler. Gently heat the oil blend to about 100F.
  4. Carefully pour the lye water into the oil blend. Gently stir with a heat safe rod.
  5. Pulse the stick blender in the mixture a few times, and then patiently blend until you are about halfway to trace. Pour some of the saponified oils in the container with myrrh gum powder.
  6. Add the ginger EO to the container with the myrrh gum powder and the cedar EO, kaolin clay, and mica shimmer to the other container. For each container, pulse the blender to mix a few times, stopping before you reach trace.
  7. Pour the entirety of one of the mixtures in the soap mold.
  8. Starting at a low height, pour the entirety of the other mixture in the soap mold.
  9. Use a rod (or the end of a spoon) to touch the bottom of the mold. Using even and fluid strokes, draw swirls in the soap.
  10. Wait 1-2 days before cutting.
  11. Cure for 4-6 months.