Cold Processed Soap– A Base Recipe

If you’re anything like me, Pinterest has taken over a large chunk of your spare time (I won’t say how large my chunk is, but with iPhone and iPad apps that leave it accessible to me absolutely everywhere- it’s fair to say my chunk is pretty darn big!).

It has inspired a wave of do-it-yourself-ers and given all of us the confidence to go out and try all of the DIY projects we pin (and you should!). From recipes, to crafts, to homemade cleaning products and beauty treatment, my ongoing list of things I want to make continues to grow (I’m sure yours does too).

I’ll admit- about 90% of my conversations start with “So, I saw this on Pinterest.” Sound familiar?
I know I’m not the only one and if you’ve decided to venture into the world of DIY, homemade soap is probably on your list of things to try. And for good reason!

Not only is it a completely do-able project, but soap recipes pop up all over Pinterest because the possibilities with homemade soaps are ENDLESS. There’s hundreds of recipes and ingredient combos to try, and there are also multiple ways to create it.

Here’s the low-down on the cold process method of soap making. Try it!! Just remember, Safety First! Be sure to protect yourself appropriately when mixing up the ingredients.

Honey Almond CP Soap
8 oz. Coconut Oil
8 oz. Olive Oil
8 oz. Palm Oil
2 oz. Honey Almond Fragrance Oil
7.9 oz. distilled water
3.4 oz. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Here we go:

Step 1. Put on those safety goggles, pull down your long sleeves, and wear some gloves!

Step 2. Add the lye to the water and stir well. Don’t ever breathe in the fumes! Be sure to take your deep breaths away from the mixture and if your area isn’t well ventilated, you might want to open a window. Set the mixture to the side and allow it to cool to about 110 degrees.

Step 3. Combine all of the oils together and slowly melt. Allow them to cool to about 110 degrees as well.

Step 4. Slowly and carefully add the lye water mixture TO the melted oils (never the other way around). Stir, stir, stir until trace occurs, which looks like thin pudding. This can take a while if stirring by hand- or you can speed it up by using a stick blender.

Step 5. After you’ve reached trace, add in the fragrance oil and blend into the mixture.

Step 6. Pour your traced soap mixture into the molds you’ve decided to use and leave to sit for 3 to 5 days before un-molding them, then allow your new soap to sit for a full 4 to 6 weeks (yes, the waiting is the worst part- but it’s worth it!) to finish the saponification process. Voila!!

What are your favorite CP soap recipes?


Cold Processed Soap– A Base Recipe

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6 thoughts on “Cold Processed Soap– A Base Recipe

  1. In step 1, do you heat the water before you add the lye, or does the lye heat up the water?

    And do you need to allow the soap to sit in a cool area for 4-6 weeks?

    1. The lye will heat the water; please do not pre-heat the water. The cooling time depends on a number of factors; the best advice we can provided is that you allow the mixture to cool at around 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Are there any materials (wood, metal, plastic, etc.) that shouldn’t come in contact with lye while measuring or mixing it?

    1. Yes, most metals will become corroded upon lye contact; you’d want to check the warning labels of any tools you are using to mix the solution. PET plastic products and wood should be fine in most cases.

  3. I use this basic recipe all the time. It has never failed me. I usually only use 1 oz of fragrance oils. I enjoy using different fragrances and additives (oatmeal, poppy seeds, dried flowers, and more) It makes a beautiful lather. I keep mine high in our shower so it doesn’t sit in water and it lasts as long as any store bought soap. With all the oils it contains, this soap is moisturizing. These soaps are welcomed as gifts for my friends and family.

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