Peppermint Patty Soap
Author: Kelly - Simple Life Mom
  • 10 oz grass-fed beef tallow or lard
  • 4 oz coconut oil
  • 2 oz olive oil (hold one ounce to mix with cocoa)
  • 2 oz lye
  • 8 oz cool water
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • .25 oz Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. Measure and put your lard, coconut oil, and olive oil into your pot.
  2. Measure the cocoa powder and olive oil and combine in a small bowl.
  3. Measure the lye in the zip top bag and the water into a small container.
  4. Melt fat and oils in the pot. Turn off and remove from heat.
  5. Carefully, in a well ventilated place, mix lye into water (not water into lye).
  6. Measure the temperature of the lye water and fat/oils. You want both at 100 degrees F. Use a water bath as necessary.
  7. When both lye and fats are at 100 degrees F, pour the lye into the fats and mix with a whisk or blender on and off (every 5 minutes if using a blender, every 15 minutes if using a whisk). Using a blender will make the saponification process happen a bit faster which can be good if you are making soap during the winter and your temperatures are falling faster than they would otherwise. When soap reaches trace (mine only took about 5 minutes with the blender so watch carefully), pour ¾ of the batch into your mold. Mix the cocoa and olive oil mixture into the remaining soap and then drizzle over soap already in the mold.
  8. Carefully lay a sheet of wax paper over the top of the soap so that it doesn't develop ash (a white powder on the surface that is usually shaved off later).
  9. Wrap in towels and let it set for 48 hours. This is a softer soap at first so it needs the 48 hours instead of the 24.
  10. Allow to cure for 3-6 weeks to harden.
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