When making your own soap bars, you can make it with the ingredients that you choose and the fragrances, additives, and colorants that you prefer. So we've created this recipe as a base to get creative! This recipe will make a 1kg of soap.
300g Olive Oil
300g Coconut Oil
50g Shea Butter
50g Cocoa Butter
50ml Fragrance or Essential Oil (optional)
Soap Safe Colourant (optional)
Add sodium hydroxide to water (NOTE: Not the other way around).
Add 115g caustic soda to 240g water in a well ventilated room and wear appropriate safety gear. Stir slowly until dissolved, then let solution cool to
Add all oils appart from the fragrance to a pot, heat until oils are all melted 50-60 degrees then let cool to 30ish degrees ( if oils start to cloud heat a bit more)
Add your lye that has cooled into the oil in a stainless steel pot of heavy duty plastic pail. Using a stick blender on medium speed, mix to a light trace.
Add soap safe colourants and up to 50ml of fragrance or essential oils if desired.
Pour your mix into a mould of your choice and leave covered overnight.
Remove from the mould and cut if required, then let the bars cure for 2-6 weeks before using.
Perform the zap test to make sure your soap is safe to use before using or giving away.
NOTES: Unused lye can be stored in a seal-able plastic bottle and used at a later date just please make sure it is labelled as poison and put out of reach of children and pets.
The ZAP Test is when you place the soap on the tip of your tongue, if it zaps you with a severe tangy sensation, your soap will need further testing with a PH tester to be between 9-10.5 PH max!