Recipes


Creamy Lavender Soap

4 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
1.5 oz. palm oil
1.25 oz. lye
2.5 oz. lavender infused water
1 oz. half-n-half
1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil

Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has disolved. Make as normal. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.
Easy Crisco Soap

3 lbs. Crisco (1 can)
6 oz. lye
12 oz. water

Melt/heat the Crisco in a enamel pan and place on stove to melt and heat.

Place cold water in a glass bowl and slowly add lye while stirring with a wooden. Stir until water is clear if you can.

When the Crisco and lye are warm to the touch, pour lye into Crisco while stirring. Keep stirring until you get trace.

Trace is when it thickens to the point where you can drop some of the mix back in to itself and it leaves a trail. At this point use any herbs, scent, or coloring and stir and pour mold(s). This recipe fits nicely in an 8x8 inch container, but other containers, such as pringles cans or specialty soap molds work just fine, too.

Put molds in a warm, insulated place, let set 24 hours and then cut. Place on to rack and let cure for 2-3 weeks.


Honey Soap (Handmade)
Karon Adams at Sugar Plum Sundries

12 oz. veg shortening
4 oz. coconut oil
1 oz. beeswax
1 cup distilled water
2 oz lye
1/8 cup (1 fluid ounce) honey

Mix lye and water, allow to cool. Melt vegetable shortening. Over a double boiler, melt wax and coconut oil together together, and keep warm. When shortening is 120 and lye is 100, pour lye mixture into shortening and stir until tracing occurs. Pour wax and oil mixture into soap mixture stirring constantly ( the mixture will get VERY thick with the addition of the beeswax mix) When the beeswax mixture is completely blended, stir in the honey and pour into molds. Unmold after 24-48 hours. Allow to age for 3 weeks.

Note: Honey soap is a beautiful soap with a wonderful sweet smell. It comes out a great deep brown color, and feels fabulous on your skin. Here's a tip for you, whenever you are measuring honey or molasses or any other viscous liquid along those lines, if you spray the measuring cup or spoon with a PAM type spray, the honey will pour out more completely, and cleanup will be much easier.


Ivory Splendor
"Soap Recipes" by Elaine White

16 oz lard
2.3 oz. lye
4 oz. water
1 T. essential oil (optional)

Mix when fat temps are at 90 and lye water is at 155. This should trace in 5 min. Let sit in mold for 24 hours and cure 3 weeks.
Lard Soap II

16 oz olive oil
16 oz lard
16 oz coconut oil
1.5 oz beeswax
4 oz cocoa or shea butter
7.5 oz lye
20 oz water
3 tsp. sea salt (optional)

Make as normal. The results: a hard bar with a nice, fluffy lather.


Lard Soap

44 oz tallow
28 oz lard
30 oz olive oil
14 oz lye
41 oz water

Make as normal - mix at around 100.


Milky Oatmeal-Honey Soap

4 oz. Milk
12-14 oz. Water
48 oz. Shortening
6 oz Lye
6 Tbsp Oatmeal (powdered)
3 T. Honey

Make as normal. Add oatmeal and honey at trace.


Oatmeal Soaps (Handmade)
Karon Adams at Sugar Plum Sundries

10 oz palm
4 oz coconut oil
2 oz olive oil
1/4 C. regular oatmeal, run through the blender
2 oz lye
1 C. distilled water
scent (optional)

This is a wonderfully creamy soap to wake up to in the morning! And everyone LOVES the scent of pure Rosemary! Men even go nuts for it! Make sure you spray your mold with a vegetable spray. Pour all of the soap mixture into the mold. After a couple of hours, push it out of the mold and slice the soap into round soaps!

Note: You can also add other dried material such as cornmeal or pumice for varying abrasive effects.


Peppermint Soap (Handmade)
Karon Adams at Sugar Plum Sundries

10 oz shortening
4 oz coconut oil
2 oz olive oil
2 oz lye
1 cup distilled water
3 T. cocoa powder
2 droppers peppermint essential oil

Hold back one ounce olive oil to mix with the cocoa powder, melt the rest of the oils together. Mix the lye and water and allow to cool. With the lye mixture at 95 and the fats at 115 pour the lye into the oil and stir until it traces. pour into molds. unmold after 48 hours, and cut if needed. Allow to age 3 weeks.

Note: I hope you enjoy it! You can also leave out the peppermint oil to make plain cocoa soap, or add Orange Essenial Oil to make chocolate/orange, coconut fragrance for choco/coco soap.


Quick & Easy Handmade Soap

42 oz. can of pre-creamed shortening (beef, lard, or soy)
5 oz. canola oil
5 oz. coconut oil
17 oz water
7 oz. lye

Combine oils and lye solution at about 110-115. (Optional: disolve a T. of borax or sugar in a littel bit of boiling water before adding it to the lye. Make sure the water is cool, though when added to the lye.) This makes 3-4 lbs. of soap.
Shea Loves Me
Rainbow Meadows, Inc.

4.8 oz. olive oil
3.2 oz. shea butter (or mango butter)
4.8 oz. coconut oil
3.2 oz. palm oil
6 oz water
2.2 oz. lye
.7 oz. essential oil

Make as normal. The shea butter in this soap makes it very moisturizing.


Simple Olive Oil Soap

16 oz. pure olive oil
2 oz. lye
6 oz. water

Heat oil to 150 and add the lye to the water slowly while stirring with a wooden spoon.Mix lye solution and oils when the oil is at 120-130 and the lye between 90-100. Mix them together until it comes to a trace. Pour it into a mold and let set 72 hours before unmolding.
You can add scents, colors, herbs, etc. at trace.
Small Recipe

4 oz. coconut oil
8 oz. olive oil
4 oz. palm oil
6 oz. distilled water
2 1/4 oz. lye
.5 oz. essential oil or fragrance oil

Combine oils and lye 110-120 temperatures. Add fragrance at light traceand then pour into a mold at medium to heavy trace. Insulate and let it remain in the mold 18-24 hours. Unmold and cut into bars - let cure 2-3 weeks.
Soothing Garden Soap

24 oz. coconut oil
40 oz. olive oil
16 oz. palm oil
11.3 oz. lye
30 oz. water
2 oz. Spring Rain fragrance oil (or other refreshing scent)
1/2 cup cornmeal

Mixed lye solution and oils at 110. Added fragrance oil at light trace, added cornmeal at heavy trace. Pour into mold, cover, and let set 24 hours. Unmold, cut into bars. Cure 4-6 weeks.

Three Cold Pour Recipe Variations

20 oz coconut oil
20 oz olive oil
30 oz Crisco
9.9 oz lye
27.2 oz water
20 oz coconut oil
18 oz olive oil
27 oz Crisco
3 oz palm kernel oil
2 oz beeswax
9.9 oz lye
24 oz water
2 oz beeswax
2 oz cocoa butter
20.4 oz coconut oil
14.4 oz palm oil
30 oz olive oil
9.7 oz lye
26 oz water

Each makes approximately a 4-4 1/3 lb. batch.


Vegetable Soap

44 oz. olive oil
17 oz. coconut oil
24 oz. vegetable shortening (like Crisco)
10 3/4 oz. lye
32 oz. water
4 1/2 tsp. of essential oils

Use temperatures of around 95-100 for this soap and add the essential oils at trace.


Handmade Oatmeal Soaps

10 oz. palm oil
4 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. olive oil
1/4 c. oatmeal, run through the blender
2 oz. lye
1 c. water
Scent (optional)

Mix lye and water and set aside to cool. Melt palm oil and coconut oil together and set aside to cool. In a blender or food processor, mix the olive oil and oatmeal. When the lye reaches 100 and the fats are 120, pour the lye into the fats and stir until it traces.
Add the oatmeal, and stir until well mixed. Pour the soap into molds. Allow to sit for 24-48 hours. Unmold and cut if needed. Allow to age for three weeks. This makes a nice hard bar.



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