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Hand And Body Bar Soap

/Hand And Body Bar Soap
  • ⅔ cup Coconut Oil
  • ⅔ cup Olive Oil
  • ⅔ cup other Liquid oil, Almond oil, grapeseed, Sunflower or Safflower oil
  • ¼ cup lye (also called 100% sodium hydroxide)
  • ¾ cup Distilled Water
  1. Cover your work area with newspaper. Gloves are recommended. Measure your water into a jar. Have a spoon ready. Measure your lye, making sure you have exactly ¼ cup. Slowly pour the lye into the water, stirring as you go. Stand back while you stir to avoid the fumes. When the water starts to clear, let it sit.
  2. Add the three oils together in a small jar. They should total 470ml or about two cups. Heat in a microwave for about a minute or place the jar of oils in a pan of water to heat. Heat until the temperature is about 120°. Wait for the lye mixture and the oils to cool to between 95° and 105°. This temperature is integral to the texture of the soap, too low and it’ll come together quickly but be coarse and crumbly.
  3. Pour the oils into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the lye, stirring until it’s all mixed. Stir for 5 minutes until fully combined.Continue to stir until the soap mixture lightens in colour and becomes thick.
  4. Add your herbs, essential oils or other additions at this point. Stir thoroughly to combine. Pour the mixture into mould(s) and cover with plastic wrap then wrap in a towel. This will keep the residual heat in and start the saponification process. Saponification is the process of the base ingredients becoming soap.
  5. After 24 hours, if it’s still warm or soft, allow it to sit another 12-24 hours. When it’s cold and firm, turn it out onto a baking rack. If using a loaf pan as your mould, cut into bars at this point. Allow soap to cure for 4 weeks or so.
  6. When your soap is fully cured, wrap it in wax paper or keep it in an airtight container. Handmade soap creates its own glycerine, which is a humectant, pulling moisture from the air. It should be wrapped to keep it from attracting dust and debris with the moisture.