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)
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
optional: 20 to 36 grams of your
favorite essential oils or fragrance oils (you will need a little over
30 milliliters bottle the equivalent of about one fluid ounce).
This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap.