Cold Process Soap Recipes Page Three

 Note! You are advised to double-check the formulation of all recipes before making any of them. Recipes using sodium or potassium hydroxide should be run through a lye calculator before use.

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Basic Soap

32 oz. blended vegetable oil or olive oil
74 oz tallow
3 oz cocoa butter
14 oz lye
41 oz cold water
Follow basic soapmaking directions to prepare lye solution and oils. . Slowly pour the lye  solution into the oils while stirring. Complete soap as per usual instructions. This soap is  mild with long-lasting, creamy bubbles. It traces quickly, sets up and dries quickly. Good  choice for hand milling; accepts additives readily. Can be used in milled soaps either in a moist or dry state. Soap is hard when cured.


Bee Good Soap

Almond oil 16 oz.
Canola oil 26 oz.
Coconut oil 32 oz.
Olive oil 28 oz.
Soybean oil 26 oz.
water 48 oz.
lye 18 oz.
Beeswax 4 oz. (.5 oz per pound x 8 lbs.)
Honey 4 oz.    "    "   "    " "  "
Heat oils to 150 degrees F.  Add beeswax (you can grate it, chunk it, pre-melt it).  Cool to 115 degrees F.  Lye and water to about 110 degrees F.  Add lye/water to oils, at light trace, add the honey.  Stirtill well blended.  Pour no more than an inch deep.  Cover with Saran type wrap prevents soda ash). Don't wrap with a blanket, just put a
cookie sheet over the top, as this will get warmer than soaps without honey. You can scent this as you like, add scents at light trace.

Peppermint Tea Soap

24 ounces Canola Oil (Olive Oil would probably trace faster)
24 ounces Coconut Oil
38 ounces Vegetable Shortening
12 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
5 cups Peppermint Tea (cooled to room temp. otherwise a big, volcanic,mess!)
2 droppers Tea Tree Oil
2 ounces Cocoa Butter
1/4 ounce Peppermint Oil (you could add more if you want)
Dissolve the Soduim Hydroxide in the Peppermint Tea.  Melt down your oils. Try to get them both in the 95-98 Degree range before combining. Add the Tea Tree Oil, Cocoa Butter(melted), and Peppermint oil at lighttrace.
Mine took over an hour to trace, I think this was from the Canola Oil. It looks good today, should be ready to unmold by tomorrow.  The color is turning lighter as time goes by.

Chocolate Soap

8 ounces shortening
6 ounces coconut oil
2 ounces olive oil
(2.34 lye for 5% excess fat), (2.2 for 8% excess fat) ounces lye
6 ounces  water
1/4 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
2 ounces white chocolate
Melt fats, add chocolates.  Mix lye and water.  When fats and lye are 100 F stirred together, it looks curdled and separated.   Blend it up and pour it out.  Blender on low for 20 seconds.  Pour out.  Looks weird. Turns light then dark.  Smells like Devil's Food Cake.

Honey Soap

12 oz veg shortening
4 oz coconut oil
1 oz beeswax
1 cup distilled water
2 oz lye
1/4 cup honey
Mix lye and water, allow to cool.  melt vegetable shortening. Over a double boiler, melt wax and coconut oil 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.

Chocolate-mint Soap

10oz shortening
4oz coconut oil
2oz olive oil
2.24 oz lye
6 ounces distilled water
3 tablespoons 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 theoil and stir until it traces.pour into molds. unmold after 48 hours,and cut if needed.  Allow to age 3 weeks.

Peanut Butter Soap

8oz shortening
4oz coconut oil
3oz peanut oil
2oz lye
3/4cup water
3 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional, makes Reece's soap)
Mix water and lye and set aside to cool.  melt fats together and allow to cool.  When lye is 95*-110* and fats are 120*-130* pour lye into fats and stir until it traces.  Add peanut butter and cocoa powder and stiruntil well blended.  You might even want to hold back an ounce of the peanut oil to mix the peanut butter and cocoa powder with to help mix it.

Cuddle Me Soap

4 lb 8 oz  Olive Oil
8 oz Coconut Oil
2 lb   Vegetable Shortening
8 oz  Avocado Oil
8 oz  Sweet Almond Oil
Lye: 473 grams  lye
3 lbs  spring water
Extras: Superfatted with 3 oz calendula-steeped olive oil
Scented with 2.5 oz lavender essential oil
I used a bit of avocado oil and sweet almond oil for their softening and healing properties. Because of the low coconut oil content, it doesn't suds up that much, but it does feels pretty good. I had wanted to add chamomile EO for its properties, but the oil was just too expensive. Weight wise, this is based on the Soap Essentials recipe from Susan Miller Cavitch's book.
This is also one of the l..o..n..g s..l..o..w trace recipes. After stirring it for about 30 minutes, then stirring occasionally over the next 3 hours (and trying hard not to worry that I may have a bad batch). After letting it sit overnight, it traced fine.


Castile Soap

128 oz. Olive Oil (8 lbs.)
16 oz. Lye - Sodium Hydroxide (1 lb.)
48 oz. Water (3 lbs.)
Temps 110F
You can divide this recipe up if you don't want to make this much at a time. This will take a longgggggggggg time to trace, like maybe even days, itdoes for me anyway. If you have a stick blender, that might speed it up.
I've never tried the stick blender yet with olive oil soap so I dont' know. I wrap a blanket around the pot the whole time, to keep the warmth in.Use the lid on the pot too. I think this is important with castile soap.  Every time you check on it, you will see that there is a layer of oil that has floated to the top. You need to stir this back into thesoap, every time you
check on it. You should check on it *at least* every few hours (that is, if your not using a stick blender). You will notice that eventually the oil layer that floats to the top, gets thinner and thinner, when you arechecking on it. When there is no more oil floating to the top, or very little, between checks, you can pour your EO's in. I wait, even after
this to make sure that the EO has been incorporated, as this may float to the top and you'll have to reincorporate it back in. Once you are sure that no more oil will float to the top, and they are all incorporated, then you can pour it into your mold and insulate. It will take a very long time to get hard in the mold. Can't tell you how long,that varies.
I use around .7 Essential oils, per pound of oil, so for this recipe that would be 5.6 oz.

Citrus Kitchen Soap

15 oz. Tepid water
5.8 oz. Lye
16 oz. Coconut oil
10 oz. Olive oil
2 oz. Aloe vera oil
2 oz. Castor oil
2 oz. Jojoba oil
2 oz. Wheatgerm oil
2 oz. Orange EO
1 oz. Lemon EO
oz. Grapefruit EO
oz. Lime EO
1 oz. Powdered lime zest
Blend water and lye. Cool to 100.Melt coconut oil. Add other oils. Heat or cool to 100. When temps match add the lye to the oil mix. Stir until soap traces. Add EO's and lime zest. Dry 24 hours.
Cure 2-4 weeks.


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