Easy Beginner's Soap Recipe | Green Bella Journey (2024)

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Homemade soap is all the rage these days! From big farm homesteaders to city dwellers, so many people are finding out that making your own soap is not only easy to do but so much fun! Making your own soap will also help you lead a more natural lifestyle. Regular commercial soaps are full of chemicals and artificial dyes. By making your own soap, you are in control of the ingredients! It is always best to start off with an easy recipe so I have put together my favorite easy recipe for you to dive into your first soap making experience!

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Ingredients:

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Olive Oil 18.5 oz

Coconut Oil 13 oz

Castor Oil 2 oz

Lye 4.8 oz

Distilled Water 11.7

Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil of choice- 1 oz (Optional) You can find my favorite Lavender Essential Oil here

Supplies:

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Kitchen Scale

1 Large Bowl

2 Small Bowls or Plastic Measuring Cups

Thermometer

Mixing spoon

Immersion Blender

Mold (this is my favorite mold!)

Gloves

Safety Glasses

Let’s Talk Safety

Soaping is a chemistry experiment. Only through lye (Sodium Hydroxide) can you reach saponification. Saponification is the chemical reaction that happens when you mix fat (oils) with a lye based solution. Without saponification, you can’t have soap. Most of the people I talk to, who want to try soaping, are afraid of lye. They have heard horror story’s about chemical burns and it makes them leery of trying. Well, I am hear to say that as long as you have the proper safety equipment, there is nothing to be afraid of! Lye can be very irritating to the skin so that is why you should always wear gloves when you are making soap. Also, you should always use safety glasses just in case some of the lye splashes. Lye can be dangerous if you do not follow these simple rules! Once the soap is fully cured there is no lye left in the soap so you do not have to worry at all about it touching your skin.

Let’s Make Soap!

Once you have your gloves and safety glasses on, use the small bowls or plastic measuring cups to weigh out the lye and water. Make sure your bowls can handle high heat as the lye mixture will get very hot. Also you should always mix your lye solution outside or in a well ventilated area. Pour the lye into the water slowly and mix until fully dissolved. Let the lye water sit until it cools down until it reaches between 90°F- 110°F. If you soap at higher temperatures, your batter may thicken up too quickly making it difficult to pour into your mold.

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While your lye solution is cooling, you can weigh your oils. Make sure you weigh out each oil as precisely as possible. It is important that your coconut oil is in liquid form. I always heat it up for 30 seconds or so after I weigh it that way it mixes well with the olive and castor oils. After your coconut oil is completely liquefied, pour all of your oils into a large mixing bowl.

Once your lye solution has cooled, slowly pour it into the oil mixture. You will see the oils immediately start to change to an opaque consistency.

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Now you must mix the raw soap until you reach trace. Trace is when the soap begins to thicken.

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Everyone has their idea on what the perfect trace looks like but basically when it is thick enough to stay on the spoon or you can draw a line with the spoon on the bottom of the bowl you know you are at trace. You could continue mixing this solution with your mixing spoon until you reach trace, but this would take a long time. If you have an immersion blender, it will cut your mixing time way down.

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Use the immersion blender until your soap batter comes to trace. Once it is at trace, if you are going to add any fragrance or essential oils, this is the time to do it. Once your essential oils are in the bowl, give the batter another quick 5-second mix with the immersion blender.

Now you are ready to pour your batter into the mold! Make sure to pour the batter slowly that way it doesn’t splash.

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And Now We Wait…

Once all of the batter is in the mold cover the mold and set indoors in a dry place for 24 hours. If your mold did not come with a cover, you can use cut-out pieces of cardboard and towels to insulate the mold.

Once your soap has hardened it is time to cut! You can use a knife or a Soap Cutter to do this. After they are cut and you have appropriately marveled at their beauty, put them in a cool dry place to cure for 4-6 weeks. I know, I know…4-6 weeks seems like forever! Unfortunately that is the amount of time it will take for the water to evaporate in the soap. I promise that 4-6 weeks will be here soon enough and you will be able to enjoy your first soap!

And that’s it! You have made your soap! Congrats! But I must warn you, soap-making can be addictive!

Did you try this recipe? If so, comment below on how it turned out!

Until Next Time!

Eva

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