Making soap in the winter is so nice. The home is warm and cozy, and then you crank open a nearly frozen shut window to release the noxious lye fumes. No, really… it’s nice. The chilly air helps the lye cool faster!
I bought a bunch of cocoa butter on sale recently, and I’m using a ton of it in this recipe. I also tried my new flower silicon soap mold. It worked perfectly.
The below recipe makes about 5.5 lbs of soap. I used my long wooden mold, one circular silicon soap mold (six 4 oz bars) and one flower silicon soap mold (six 3 oz bars).
*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.
- 54 oz Olive Oil
- 18 oz Coconut Oil
- 18 oz Cocoa Butter
- 28 oz water
- 12.2 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- 1 oz Cedar EO
- 1 oz Grapefruit EO
- 1 oz Eucalyptus EO
- 1 tbsp Kaolin Clay
- Purple mica powder (color)
Base Oil Composition:
- 60% Olive Oil
- 20% Coconut Oil
- 20% Cocoa Butter
More detailed directions here.
- In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool to about 100-110F.
- In a separate container, melt and 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.
- When the lye water is about 100-110F (within 10F of the oils), pour the lye water into your base oils and blend with a stick blender.
- After a few pulses with the stick blender, add the mica powder and the clay.
- Just before the soap traces, stir in the essential oils by hand. If you use the stick blender, do so with caution! You may accelerate trace.
- Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
- Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.