Homemade soap.

I made soap today.

I’ve made it once before, about a year ago. It was an olive oil-coconut oil-goats milk-oatmeal soap. It turned out ok, but not very hard, and the lather wasn’t great, and each bar didn’t last too long.

Sam wanted me to make a soap with rosemary scent. And I wanted it to be a lot harder, last longer, with more lather.

I followed the basic soap making instructions from here, and made my recipe with the help of this soap calculator.

Olive, coconut, shea and castor oil soap with rosemary leaves and essential oil.

Ingredients: 

  • 32 oz olive oil
  • 16 oz coconut oil
  • 12 oz shea butter
  • 4 oz castor oil
  • 21.12 oz water
  • 8.75 oz lye
  • handful of rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 50ish drops rosemary essential oil

Equipment: 

  • Large saucepan/stock pot
  • Large plastic/glass container
  • Small glass jar
  • Scales
  • Wooden spoon
  • Stick blender
  • 2 candy thermometers
  • Towels
  • Tray to mould soap in

Method: 

  1. Weigh water into tall container.
  2. Weigh lye into glass jar.
  3. Slowly add lye to water.
  4. Gently stir the mixture until the lye is completely dissolved. The mixture will start to get hot, and may begin to steam or bubble. Just continue to stir until fully mixed.
  5. Put the lid on the lye-water container and put it in a safe place to cool. The lye will be ready to use when cooled down to about 100°F.
  6. Measure solid oils into pan.
  7. Place pan onto stove on medium heat. Slowly melt oils while stirring gently. Monitor the temperature. Turn off the heat when the oils get to about 110°F.
  8. Once the solid oils are melted, add the room temperature liquid oils to the pot. This will bring the overall temperature down.
  9. When the temperature of the oils is about 100°F slowly add the lye-water mixture to the soap pot. The oils will immediately begin to turn cloudy.
  10. Use the stick blender as a spoon, blend the lye-water into the oils. Slowly begin to turn the stick blender on in short bursts, then stir some more. Keep blending in short bursts until the oils and lye-water are completely mixed together.
  11. Once the soap mixture is completely blended, but before it gets too thick, slowly add the rosemary essential oil, and mix using the stick blender as a spoon.
  12. Then add in the rosemary leaves, gently stirring into the mixture with the stick blender.
  13. The soap should have thickened quite a bit. Slowly pour the raw soap into the mold evenly, smoothing out the top with a spatula. Gently tap the mould on the counter to dislodge any air bubbles.
  14. Put the soap in a warm, safe place, wrapped in towels to begin curing.
  15. After the soap has set for 24 hours, it should be hard enough to unmold and slice.
  16. Set the bars aside to cure for about 6 weeks, then it’s ready to use!

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This is it curing. I think it looks a bit like lemon slice.

I’ll put another picture up after I’ve cut the soap into bars.

Have you made soap before? What was your experience like?

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