Basic Cold Process Soap Bar - Normal Skin
Makes 1.5kg (3.3lbs.) of soap or approximately 15 bars of soap
598 g Coconut Oil
296 g Vegetable Shortening
30 g Beeswax
58 g Avocado Oil
150 g Lye (6% discount)
368 ml Distilled Water
Stainless steel mixing bowl with 2 L capacity
Stainless steel pot for melting oils if using Stove Method
Long handled wooden spoon, spatulas
Stove Method: Gently heat oils using stainless steel pot on stove. Microwave method: Use a pyrex cup, microwave oils for 1 min on high, and use 20 s intervals after, until temperature has reached 150 F or 65 C.
In a pyrex cup, add water, then slowly add lye while mixing gently with a long handled wooden spoon. Take care not to breathe the vapour. Mix until the mixture is clear. Let cool to 150 F or 65.
Pour hot oil into a large stainless steel mixing bowl. When both oil and lye mixture has reached the above temperatures, slowly pour the lye mixture into the oil mixture.
Use stick blender and star mixing. Continue to stir with the blender until the soap has traced. To check whether the soap is ready, using a spatula, drizzle a small amount of soap across the top of the mixture. If a mark or trail remains for a few seconds before disappearing again, your soap has traced. The mixture will have the consistency of custard or pudding before being poured.
After the soap traces, add essential oils iff using, mix, and pour into moulds. When the soaps has harden completely, pop them out of the molds. Place bars on a tray with about 1 inch of space in between. Allow them to cure for several days before packaging. For more details on soap making tips, visit our Soapmaking Guide.