Basic Soap Recipe
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Basic soap recipe sounds so boring, but this is my “go to” recipe. I really like this recipe because it is simple, and it has always worked out great. It makes a wonderfully hard bar that lasts a very long time, and I can add whatever kinds of lovely extras to it like essential oils, flowers, or exfoliators like ground oats or coffee grains.
Keep in mind that you can substitute Vegetable Shortening for the Tallow if you like, just make sure it is of high quality. A lot of vegetable shortening has extra ingredients to stabilize and preserve it. Those go into the soap and then your skin will absorb them.
For more information on soap making see Soap Making 101 and the “Homemade Soap” tab in the Navigation menu at the top of the page.
If you are searching for Lye, you can find some HERE. It’s good lye, though I laugh at the idea of “food grade” lye. That’s absurd. If you’re looking for some local, try a hardware store and look in the plumbing section.
- 20 oz Grass-fed Beef Tallow
- 17 oz Olive oil
- 15 oz Coconut Oil
- 20 oz Cold Water
- 7 oz Lye Crystals
- 1-2 oz Essential Oil of your choice.
Temp: 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Weigh all ingredients and set aside.
- Melt the lard, olive oil, and coconut oils together in a large stainless steel pot and remove from heat.
- Pour lye crystals into water (never water into lye) and stir until dissolved.
- When lye water and oil mixtures both reach 100 degrees F (use a cold water bath for your pot to help them reach this at the same time if necessary), pour the lye water into the oil mixture and whisk on and off until trace forms (when you can see a path left after drizzling the mixture over the top with a spoon).
- Mix in the Essential Oil and pour into mold.
- Incubate for 24 hours before cutting.
- Let air out for 4-6 weeks before using.
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