Basic soap recipe

Recipe Submitted by wings ..|.. Category: Homemaking Recipes

This is a nice lathery softish soap. It uses conditioning oils too to suport skin softening. Be sure and use a postage scale these are not liquid measurements. Soap is easy to make if you take the proper precautions. Do take them lye is very dangerous.


  • 22 ounces Coconut Oil
  • 29 ounces Olive Oil
  • 38 ounces Shortening or Soybean Oil
  • 12 ounces Lye (Sodium Hydrocloride)
  • 33 ounces of distilled water
  • 4 tsp of your favorite essential oil


You will need a large stainless steel kettle, and pyrex measuring cups 2 cup and 1/2 gallon, a large Stainless whisk and if possible a stick blender, and two thermometers, platex gloves, safety goggles, shoes, long sleeves, and good eye. Do this before the children get up or late at night.

You will need some type of molds. I use the 1.50 rubbermaid small portion plastic containers. I also have a couple of long tube shapes I use. Another idea is a large piece of 3" PVC pipe cut around 12" long and capped at one end. This makes around 8# of soap or 30 four oz bars.

Measure and combine all the oils into the kettle and place on low heat. Meanwhile place the distilled water into the 1/2 gallon pyrex measuring container, put this into your sink and stable, then add the lye to the water (note add the lye to the water). NEVER add water to lye and since the pyrex cup will get VERY hot don't plan on picking it up for a bit. Make sure it is well ventilated too. Do not put your face over the container.

Stir the lye mixture with a stainless steel spoon and then put your first thermometer into it. I use the one from our science kit it is a good 16"long and glass. Then add the second thermometer to your kettle, for this I use a candy thermometer. When both the oil and the lye reach 115-120 degrees gently pour the lye into the oils.

Stir with a large whisk until it reaches trace. Trace is where when the mixture leaves the spoon it leaves a visible trace in the mixture. No trace = no soap. I use a stick blender and like to see a thick pudding consistency.

At this point you may add your essential oils, fragrances, and botanicals if you like and put into molds that have been lined with saran wraps. Using this method you will need to let it cure for 4-6 weeks before you can use it. It is NOT soap but still lye and oil at this stage.

If your interested in HP or crockpot do some research at this site You would need to use two crockpots for this recipe or cut it in half.

For my HP and I did split the recipe 1/2. One part became lemongrass and clary sage the recipe with one tsp of each EO and then the other 1/2 recipe I added 2 tsp of clove bud EO. Then I added green to the clary sage portion and swirled the no color clove into the colored Lemongrass and clary sage. I hope that made sense.

For Frankinscence and Myrrh it is 2tsp each EO and purple color. For my Tea Tree and Eucalyptus I used 3 tsp of Tea Tree oil and 2 tsp eucalyptus oil. I separated part, around 1/3, and added 1TSp parsley to it and swirled it into the soap rest after it was in the mold.

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