Recipes

Creamy Dream Soap

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Coconut 76° 12 18.75
Soybean 12 18.75
Palm 12 18.75
Shea Butter 8 12.50
Jojoba 8 12.50
Lanolin 4  6.25
Castor 4  6.25
Aloe Vera Butter 2  3.13
Borage 2  3.13
Total Weight 64

Fluid (goat's milk) needed:
17.92 - 23.68 fluid oz

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 8.53
1 8.44
2 8.36
3 8.27
4 8.18
5 8.10
6 8.01
7 7.93
8 7.84
9 7.76
10 7.67

Handmade Soap Exfoliants

ExfoliantsWhen making natural handmade soap, you can make all types of soaps to fit your desired niche. One of the possibilities is that of including an exfoliant in your soap to help lift away any dead skin or caked on dirt that needs a little extra scrubbing to get clean. One such exfoliant is Sodium Bentonite Powder which can be found at most health-food stores. This exfoliant will not only remove dirt and dead skin but also help to lift away the toxins in your skin. If you don't have access to this clay, you can also start using products you probably have sitting around in your kitchen right now. You can use poppy seeds, blueberry seeds, ground almond meal, ground walnut husk meal or even ground oatmeal. Below you will find a more complete list which you can experiment with.

Green Patchouli Soap

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Palm 12 22.64
Coconut 76° 12 22.64
Olive 12 22.64
Hemp 10 18.87
Hemp Seed Butter 5  9.43
Castor 2  3.77
Total Weight 53

Fluid (kombucha tea) needed:
14.84 - 19.61 fluid oz

added patchouli and cedar essential oils

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 7.83
1 7.75
2 7.67
3 7.60
4 7.52
5 7.44
6 7.36
7 7.28
8 7.20
9 7.13
10 7.05

Making Laundry Soap

Sodium Bentonite ClayIf you are a soap maker, you have at some point come across the controversy of soaps verses detergents. Many see soap as a natural product whereas detergents are synthetic creations coming from a lab. In reality, both soaps and detergents are synthetic products that take naturally occurring chemicals and synthesize them into a new product. The big difference for soapers is that soap is easy to make at home while detergent is far too complex. Soap and detergent, while both good at cleaning, have different properties when placed in different environments. The biggest difference is that when soap is placed in hard water or an acidic solution, it forms a scum that is difficult to get out of clothes (if using for washing). Detergent does not suffer from this problem. The other major difference is that detergent works as efficiently in cold water as in warm. It is really these two reasons that detergent has taken over the laundry soap business.

The basic ingredients you will need to make your own laundry soap are:

  • 3 oz soap (preferably homemade)
  • half a cup washing soda
  • half a cup borax

Soap: You really can use any bar of soap you like for this. I tend to like to use a simple soap that is made of 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 palm oil and 1/3 coconut oil that has been made with very little superfat discount. You will need to use about 3-4 oz of soap for this recipe.

Honey Heaven

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Palm 12 22.22
Coconut 76° 12 22.22
Soybean 8 14.81
Olive 8 14.81
Aloe Vera Butter 5  9.26
Beeswax 5  9.26
Rosehip 2  3.70
Castor 2  3.70
Total Weight 54

Fluid (water and honey) needed:
15.12 - 19.98 fluid oz

vanilla and rose fragrance

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 7.83
1 7.75
2 7.67
3 7.59
4 7.51
5 7.44
6 7.36
7 7.28
8 7.20
9 7.12
10 7.05

Spring Eclipse

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Olive 12 19.67
Palm 12 19.67
Coconut 76° 12 19.67
Soybean 12 19.67
Castor 5  8.20
Flaxseed 4  6.56
Cherry Kernel 2  3.28
Rosehip 2  3.28
Total Weight 61

Fluid (mint tea) needed:
17.08 - 22.57 fluid oz

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 8.88
1 8.79
2 8.71
3 8.62
4 8.53
5 8.44
6 8.35
7 8.26
8 8.17
9 8.08
10 7.99

Metaphysical Farms Soap

Rainy Morning Soap

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Palm 12 22.22
Coconut 76° 12 22.22
Olive 12 22.22
Soybean 8 14.81
Castor 4  7.41
Blueberry Butter 4  7.41
Lanolin 2  3.70
Total Weight 54

Fluid (water) needed:
15.12 - 19.98 fluid oz

blue coloring

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 7.91
1 7.83
2 7.75
3 7.67
4 7.59
5 7.51
6 7.43
7 7.35
8 7.28
9 7.20
10 7.12

Fresh Verdant Soap

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Coconut 76° 13 20.97
Palm 12 19.35
Soybean 10 16.13
Olive 8 12.90
Hemp 5  8.06
Castor 5  8.06
Green Tea Butter 3  4.84
Shea Butter 2  3.23
Meadowfoam 2  3.23
Rosehip 2  3.23
Total Weight 62

Fluid (mint tea) needed:
17.36 - 22.94 fluid oz

green coloring, rosemary for preservative and lilac and sage scents

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 9.01
1 8.92
2 8.83
3 8.74
4 8.65
5 8.56
6 8.47
7 8.38
8 8.29
9 8.20
10 8.11

Simple Castile Soap

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Olive 43 66.15
Palm 11 16.92
Coconut 76° 11 16.92
Total Weight 65

Fluid (water) needed:
18.2 - 24.05 fluid oz

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 9.40
1 9.31
2 9.21
3 9.12
4 9.03
5 8.93
6 8.84
7 8.74
8 8.65
9 8.56
10 8.46

Castile soap is just another name for an olive oil based soap. The major feature of these soaps are the moisturizing qualities attributed to the olive oil. When you make this recipe, be sure to use a stick-blender, otherwise it will take a very long time for the soap to reach trace. I've added some palm oil and coconut oil to harden the bar a little bit.

Crazy Woody Soap

Lipids
Lipid Amount
in oz
Percent
Coconut 76° 15.2 24.72
Palm 15 24.39
Soybean 12 19.51
Olive 8 13.01
Hemp 6  9.76
Castor 3.3  5.37
Shea Butter 2  3.25
Total Weight 61.5

Fluid (water) needed:
17.22 - 22.755 fluid oz

Lye (NaOH)
Superfatting
Percent
Amount
in oz
0 9.14
1 9.05
2 8.95
3 8.86
4 8.77
5 8.68
6 8.59
7 8.50
8 8.41
9 8.32
10 8.22

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