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DIY Bar Soap Recipe

Handmade Soap and Flowers
  • Cocoa butter
  • Shea butter 
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil, fractioned
  • Water (room temperature)
  • Lye

* Use an online soap calculator to find the right measurements for your batch size

  1. Weigh & melt fats in stainless steel pot.
  2. Make lye + water mixture. Weigh the lye in a zip close bag and weigh your water into a plastic container. Go OUTSIDE and slowly pour lye into container of weighed water and stir with stainless steel spoon. Don’t pour the water into the lye.
  3. Weigh + set aside essential oils.
  4. Melt hard oils. 
  5. Heat oils together while lye mixture is cooling.
  6. When fats and lye both reach about 110° F, pour lye solution through a strainer into pot of oil and stir.
  7. Lye that gets too cool can’t be warmed again.
  8. Stir 5 min on and off until trace.
  9. Add essential oils and any natural coloring agents or textures, stir very well.
  10. Separate some white before mixing in charcoal.
  11. Jiggle to mix and release any trapped air bubbles.
  12. Make textured or flat top as desired.
  13. Insulate mold us sing Saran Wrap and a thick towel to get it to gel. Wait 48 hours.
  14. Cut into bars.
  15. Cure by sitting up on the smallest surface area of the bar, on baking paper & setting in a cool and well ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. Space them out to increase air flow.
  16. Mark & date. Expiration date is same as 1st expiring ingredient.
  17. Leave to dry for 4-6 weeks.
  18. Test & record lather level.