If you are new to soap making and you’ve been browsing for a while before you make your first batch of soap. One of the little obstacles you might bump into is that you quickly discover that you have a large variety of oils to choose from, and with so many recipes and so many oils it’s hard to know where to start with your first recipe.
One way I like to create first recipes is to stick to just the oils that you can find on the shelf at your closest grocery store. This makes gathering your ingredients easy and something you can whimsically do on a Sunday afternoon without waiting a few days for an Amazon shipment to come in. All of the 'base' recipes or beginner recipes I create are crafted with this in mind.
I only add ingredients that are easily attainable if you decide to get into your car and take a trip to the store for my base recipes. As you become more experienced, you can start to experiment and prepare some of your ingredients head of time like infused essential oils and flowers or prepare more exotic oils that you can't find on store shelves.
Any oils that you find on the shelves at your Walmart will make perfectly fine soap, and in many cases the quality will be just as good as any other soap. However, how you combine these oils and the ratios you use in your recipe does make a difference. Over time you will start to grow a preference on which oils you like based on which kinds of soap you like to make or other qualities you prefer.
Here is a base recipe that will make 3 lbs of soap. This will make 11 bars of soap at 4.5 ounces each after cure time.
If you have never made soap before STOP: - There are safety precautions that you must know before working with caustic chemicals in your kitchen. You can find this information for free by joining us over in the Thermal Mermaid Soap Maker's Learning Library where you will find the recipe below and several others along with all the details you need to make your very first batch of soap. Get instant access and join us for all the base recipes and more :
What you need for this recipe:
- 19.2 ounces vegetable oil (corn oil.)
- 14.4 oz. of olive oil
- 9.6 oz. of coconut oil
- 2.4 oz. of shea butter
- 2.4 oz. of castor oil
All of these oils can be bought at soap supply stores online or at your local grocery/Walmart/Target. Vegetable, Olive, & Coconut oils are found on the grocery shelves with food, while Castor and Shea Butters are found in the Pharmacy or beauty sections of the store.
- 6.14 oz. of lye
- 18.24 oz. of water
- 1.5 oz. of Lavender Flowers Fragrance Oil
- 4 grams of titanium dioxide (1 tsp)
- 4 grams of lilac mica
- 4 grams of lavender mica
If you do not want to purchase these items on line you can find these at your local Michael's craft store or Hobby Lobby. They have a small soap section in those stores and the fragrances and colors we have selected are their standard stock.
- Cover yourself in your safety protection. Glasses, gloves, and mask.
- Make your lye water. Sprinkle 6.14 oz. of lye crystals into 18.24 oz. of clean distilled water. Remember, always pour your lye into the water. Stir until completely dissolved and allow this to set aside to cool.
- Measure out all the oils on the recipe list. Melt the shea butter in the microwave or over the oven on low heat. Do not allow it to burn. You need just enough heat to melt the butter. Combine the oils together
- Measure out 4 grams of each color of mica. 4 grams is also roughly 1 tsp. Dissolve the mica in 3 tsp. of olive oil and mix this until it is a smooth paste.
- When the lye water and oils are close in temperature you can combine them. (100 – 110 degrees) In a large bowl mix with your stick blender just well enough to emulsify the lye water with the oils. This will become thicker if you mix too long, so stop when it is just mixed well.Add the fragrance oil now.
- Separate the mixture into 3 equal parts, and color each part. Mix with the stick blender until the color is smooth.
- Pour the soap into your mold in alternating colors until there is no soap left to pour.
- Give the final product a mix with a spoon or stick, and allow it to set for 24 hours.
- Unmold and cut after 24 hours.
- This hand made soap must breathe and cure for 4 – 6 weeks before use.