Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a lovely hard soap with a creamy texture and is good for all skin types. This recipe uses lye which is poisonous, so be careful! You should also have a basic knowledge of soapmaking or a good book to explain basic steps. This soap takes 4 weeks to cure. I got this recipe from The Handmade Soap Book.
- 15 ounces shortening (vegetable fat)
- 10 ounces sweet almond oil
- 7 ounces olive oil
- 2 ounces white beeswax
- 10 ounces distilled water or 10 ounces mineral water
- 5 ounces lye (caustic soda/sodium hydroxide I use Red Devil Lye)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Grease a shallow square or oblong mold.
- Place the fat, base oils and beeswax in a stainless steel or enamel pot over a low heat.
- Pour the water into a heavy glass or plastic bowl or pitcher.
- Wearing rubber gloves and eye protection, add the sodium hydroxide (caustic soda/lye) to the water and stir until dissolved.
- When the oils have melted, remove them from the heat.
- Place one candy thermometer in the oils and one in the caustic solution.
- When both thermometers reach an equal temperature between 120*F.
- (49C) and 140*F.
- (60C), pour the caustic solution into the oil.
- Stir occasionally until the mixture reaches trace (mixture thickens to the point where you can trickle some soap off the back of a spoon or spatula and it will leave a trace line on the surface of the mixture. This is called"trace").
- This should take about 20 minutes.
- Add the honey and stir well.
- Pour immediately into the mold and cover with a towel or blanket.
- Leave to set for 24 hours or until the soap reaches a solid consistency.
- Wearing rubber gloves, remove the soap from the mold and cut into bars.
- Cover the soap and leave to cure for four weeks before use.
This was my first try at making soap! I truly loved it! I used this recipe as a basic soap. Which I think it was more then that.I then made a hand milled soap buy grating and adding patchouli oil to it as well as ground almond.I must say I`m silky soft and smell good!