basic soap recipe

When I started making soap, I was somewhat overwhelmed and wanted basic soap recipes to try.

Once I understood the foundation of the cold process method and that handling lye (sodium hydroxide) was not that bad, I was ready to give it a try.

When I researched the internet, it seemed that one lye soap recipe after the next required all of these oils and butters that I had never heard of and I wondered if I could just get some basic soap recipes using common pantry ingredients.

I did purchase some soap making kits that I found great but I needed to wait for the delivery and wanted a bit more freedom.

These basic soap recipes are vegetable-based, I also have Single oil recipes and some lard soap recipes.


You will need to purchase your lye for soap making, it is also called sodium hydroxide.

You should use distilled water or rain water for soap making and this is an accessible product.

The other ingredients for these basic soap recipes you can find in most communities, you may want to stake out where you can buy some quality essential oils or fragrance oils at a good price.


Basic 3 Oil Recipe (Avocado, Coconut and Palm)

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 240 grams avocado oil
  • 180 grams coconut oil
  • 180 grams palm oil

Lye ― Water Solution

  • 86 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 228 grams distilled water

Additive and scent at light trace

  • 30 to 50 grams of your favorite essential oils or fragrance oils (you will need a bottle of 30 to 60 milliliters the equivalent of 1 to 2 fluid ounces).

This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap.

Natural color and additives can be added to these ingredients.

Remember that ingredients (except for additives when indicated in volume) need to be weighted and not measured.Fragrance and essential oils should also be weighed.

Click here for cold process soap making recipe directions.

Basic 3 Oil Recipe (Olive, Coconut and Shortening)

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 330 grams olive oil
  • 120 grams coconut oil
  • 150 grams vegetable shortening

Lye ― Water Solution

  • 83 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 228 grams distilled water

Scent can be added at trace

  • 30 to 50 grams of your favorite essential oils or fragrance oils (you will need a bottle of 30 to 60 milliIitres the equivalent of 1 to 2 fluid ounces).

This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap.

Natural color and additives can be added to these ingredients.


Remember that ingredients (except for additives when indicated in volume) need to be weighted and not measured.Fragrance and essential oils should also be weighed.

Click here for cold process soap making recipe directions.

Basic 3 Oil Recipe (Olive, Coconut and Palm)

INGREDIENTS

Fats, oils and butters

  • 300 grams olive oil
  • 180 grams coconut oil
  • 120 grams palm oil

Lye ― Water Solution

  • 86 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 228 grams distilled water

Scent can be added at trace

  • 30 to 50 grams of your favorite essential oils or fragrance oils (you will need a bottle of 30 to 60 milliIitres the equivalent of 1 to 2 fluid ounces).

This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap.

Natural color and additives can be added.

Remember that ingredients (except for additives when indicated in volume) need to be weighted and not measured.Fragrance and essential oils should also be weighed.

Click here for cold process soap making recipe directions.

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