I love to make my soap a little differently every time but the base is the same. For this one I used coconut milk and Lavender. My family and friends love my soaps and it makes wonderful gifts for any occasion.
Hot Process Soap SUPPLIES:
-8 oz coconut oil
-22 oz other carrier oil (i like safflower)
-4 oz lye
-10.5 oz water
-crockpot (only to be used for soaps)
-2 glass mixing bowls
-color (eye shadow, powder clays, mica powder, or food coloring)
-essential oils or soap fragrance
-silicone loaf pan mold
*Your crockpot, glass bowls, stick blender, and spatula used to make hot process soaps should be dedicated to soap making.
Step 1: Measure out base oils
- Starting with the solid oils, measure coconut oil and other carrier and place it into your crock pot that is set on low.
Step 2: Measure out water and lye
- measure out water into a glass bowl
- measure out lye in solo cup
- in well ventilated area (either outside or under stove vent with fan on high) add lye to water. IMPORTANT NOTE: Always add the sodium hydroxide (lye) to the water. NOT the water to the sodium hydroxide. add a little at a time and stir with spatula.
Step 3: Combine lye mix to oils
- once oils in crockpot have completely melted, slowly add Lye water to your crockpot oils while using your stick blender to mix well. Maintain a steady, strong stirring motion. Not so fast as to splash but fast enough to keep the mixture in constant motion. Mix until trace- which is when it becomes like pudding.
Step 4: Let Cook
- allow soap to cook until edges are folding in and it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. (if it starts to bubble over you can stir with spatula gently)
- while this is cooking prepare color. add 1 tbsp safflower oil to mica or other colorant such as turmeric, red clay or other natural colorant, add enough color to get color you want.
Step 5: Add Color and or additives
- you can add one color or several
- to add one color just add mica oil mix to crockpot and stir or swirl with spatula
- to add more than one color.
- divide soap into section in glass bowls. one for each color you would like. Add each color you want into sectioned out soap bowls. you will want to work quickly so that soap does not begin to harden.
- you can add flowers at this time, just stir in.
Step 6: Add fragrance or EO
- add fragrance or essential oils into soap and stir well with spatula, add as many drops as you need until desired smell.
Step 7: Scoop into Mold
- for single color pour all of your soap into a loaf mold
- for multiple colors pour one at a time in a layered fashion
- Make sure to gently tap the mold on the counter to get any air bubbles out.
Step 8: Curing and Cutting
- allow soap to sit in mold for 24-48 hours
- once it is hardened you can remove it from the mold.
- use cutter and cut into bars
- store in zip lock bag or airtight container until ready to use.
To make the lavender soap as shown, I used 8 oz coconut oil, 22 oz safflower oil, 4 oz lye, 5.25 oz water, and 13 oz can organic coconut milk. The water I used to mix with the lye and the coconut milk I added to my crockpot with coconut oil and safflower oil. I mixed in lavender and lemongrass essential oil and organic lavender buds, then once I had my soap poured into my mold I sprinkled Lavender on top and pressed it in gently with my spatula. Allowed to sit for 24 hours and then cut.