Sage, Ylang Ylang, Pine & Peppermint CP Soap


In the spirit of using up leftover oils lying around, I have concocted another modgepodge soap. It turned out… interesting. The candelilla wax has a very high melting point (160 F), and I usually soap around 110 F. After I poured the soap in the molds, it cracked due to the heat since my soaping temperature was so high. I guess the final bar will have a very organic shape. I also had a lot of sunflower oil, and even though it makes for an extremely soft bar of  soap, I have read here that it can be used up to 100% composition in cold process soap. I wonder how the final bar of soap will turn out…

The below recipe makes about 8 lbs of soap. I used my long wooden mold and a shorter, but longer cardboard mold.


*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 62.7 oz Coconut Oil
  • 42.7 oz Sunflower Oil
  • 2.1 oz Candelilla wax
  • 0.65 oz Mango Butter
  • 0.85 oz Shea Butter
  • 35 oz water
  • 16.75 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 2 oz Sage EO
  • 2 oz Pine EO
  • 2 oz Ylang Ylang EO
  • 1 oz Peppermint EO
  • 3 oz. Bentonite Clay
  • 1 oz. Madder Root powder  (color)

Base Oil Composition:

  • 56% Coconut Oil
  • 39% Sunflower Oil
  • 2% Candelilla Wax
  • 0.8% Shea Butter
  • 0.6% Mango Butter


More detailed directions here.

  1. In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool to about 110F. I used a plastic bucket to mix the lye in, and put that bucket in a larger bucket packed with ice water. Worked just fine!
  2. In a separate container, melt and combine the base oils. It will completely melt around 160F.
  3. When the lye water is cool, pour the lye water into your base oils and blend with a stick blender.
  4. After a few pulses with the stick blender, add the madder root powder and the clay. Pulse a few more times to incorporate the powders.
  5. Stir in all essential oils by hand. If you use the stick blender, do so with caution! You may accelerate trace.
  6. After your hand stir it well, blend with the stick blender.
  7. Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
  8. Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.