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  • To make almond/oatmeal - grind almonds to the finest powder you can; grind oatmeal (not instant) and add 1 cup per soap.
  • Honey Soap - Mix 2-3 tbs honey with lemon essential oil and a little oil together. At tracing, add and mix thoroughly before pouring.
  • Goats Milk - Substitute goat's milk for 1/4 total water used for your recipe, use water to make lye water - then add milk at time of pour.
  • Buttermilk/Lavender - Substitute buttermilk for 1/4 total water used for your recipe, use water to make lye water and add lavender essential oil and buttermilk at time of tracing.
  • Homemade scents - Infuse base oil with any herb of your choice for 7-10 days in the refrigerator, then strain and use as directed in the recipe.

Bath Beads

  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 2 tbs. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs. borax powder(20 Mule Team)
  • 1/4 cup rose water or orange water
  • 2 tsp. vitamin E
  • 10 drops essential oil

Combine the dried milk, sugar, and borax in a bowl, stirring until well mixed. Add the water, vitamin E, and fragrance. Stir until you have a thick dough. Depending on the humidity in the air, you may need to cut the water amount back. Try adding a little at a time until you get the thick dough. Roll dough into a ball, one teaspoon at a time with your hands. Repeat until all of the dough has been used. Place the balls on a sheet of tin foil or waxed paper and let dry for twenty four hours.

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Castile - Beeswax

  • 16 oz weight olive oil
  • 1 oz beeswax
  • 1 oz palm oil
  • 2.1 oz lye
  • 1 cup water (8 fluid ounces)


  1. (melt the beeswax with the fats)
  2. Fat and lye/water temperature about 150 degrees F
  3. Tracing time: about 12 minutes FAST! (This is not a good blender soap candidate!) Time in molds: 48 hours
  4. Place the soap in a freezer for 3 hours, then remove it from the mold.

Castile - Herbal

  • 72 ounces Olive Oil
  • 12 Ounces Coconut Oil
  • 6 ounces Castor Oil
  • 24-28 ounces cold water
  • 12 ounces lye crystals

Temperatures between 90-100 degrees

Add at trace:

  • 1.5 ounces lime essential oil (I substituted 1 oz. of FO for part of this because I had it on hand)
  • 1/2 oz. Petitgrain Oil
  • 1/4 oz. Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 1/2 whole nutmegs, pulverized in the blender (you can substitute ground nutmeg from a jar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. whole allspice, ground in blender
  • 1 bottle baby creamed spinach (for flecked green color)

This soap has very nice texture when cut and lathers wonderfully! Nice for stick blending...doesn't become thick too quickly.

Castile - Gardeners

  • 40 ounces olive oil
  • 16 ounces coconut oil
  • 16 ounces palm oil
  • 16 ounces soybean oil
  • 12 ounces lye crystals
  • 24-26 ounces cold water

Temps: 110-115 degrees

For Gardener's Scrub Bar, Add:
  • 1.5 oz. Sweet Orange essential oil
  • 1/2 oz. Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1/2 oz. Citronella oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz. Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 T. dried and pulverized orange peel (mine was out of a bottle!)
  • 1 T. poppy seeds (some folks don't like these in the shower!


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Chamomile-Calendula Soap

  • 1/4 cup pulverized chamomile heads
  • 1/4 cup shredded calendula petals

Add at light trace:

Pulverize the dry botanicals one at a time using the smaller jar on your blender, if you have one. The soap is unscented, but had a slight smell of banana bread when cut (from the herbs, I guess). I had used a bit of beta carotene for soft yellow color, but think it would have been better without. You could use less of the botanicals and still have the overall effect in the finished bar...probably could cut back by half. If you leave the calendula petals larger, they would be prettier in the bars, but I'm kind of grossed out by chunks of stuff that are TOO big when they are floating around in the bath!








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Coffee Bar

  • 31 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 20 oz. Grapeseed Oil
  • 21 oz. Olive Oil
  • 8 oz. Palm Oil
  • 40 oz. Safflower Oil
  • 7 oz. Stearic Acid
  • 32 oz. Water
  • 18 oz. Lye
  • 1/4 c. Cocoa Powder (non dutch process)
  • 1/4 c Oat Flour/Ground Oatmeal
  • 4 oz. Castor Oil
  • 1-2 oz. Vitamin E
  • 1/4 c Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 oz. coffee fragrance

Mix Finishing Solution and let marinate overnight, so as to let the Castor Oil leach Cocoa Butter out of the Cocoa Powder, which also serves for coloration. Cappucino Brulee Fragrance works admirably, but other Coffee and Chocolate fragrance also work. Increase Cocoa Powder for darker color, decrease for lighter color.

When ready, pour lye into water & stir. Set aside. Mix and Heat Oils to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put Oil mixture into mixing container. Pour lye water in and stir vigorously to prevent siezing. Tracing will be immediate. When thick enough, add finishing solution. Pour into mold. This soap hardens faster than most. Cover. Cut after 2 Days. Cure for about a month.

Cocoa Butter Soap

  • 8 oz. cocoa butter
  • 10 oz coconut oil
  • 4.5 oz. grapeseed oil
  • 13 oz. olive oil
  • 4.5 oz. vegetable shortening
  • 13 oz. water
  • 5.5 oz. lye
  • 3/4 oz. peppermint EO
  • 2 T. green French clay

Make as usual. Add the peppermint EO and clay at trace. This recipe makes a nice minty green soap with a chocolate mint fragrance that drives chocoholics wild. And the cocoa butter makes the soap creamy. i just love the way my skin feels after a bath with this soap! (Note that French clay is better for normal to oily skin).




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Crisco Soap

  • 3 lbs. Crisco (1 can)
  • 6 oz. lye
  • 12 oz. water


  1. Melt/heat the Crisco in a enamel pan and place on stove to melt and heat.
  2. Place cold water in a glass bowl and slowly add lye while stirring with a wooden. Stir until water is clear if you can.
  3. When the Crisco and lye are warm to the touch, pour lye into Crisco while stirring. Keep stirring until you get trace.
  4. Trace is when it thickens to the point where you can drop some of the mix back in to itself and it leaves a trail. At this point use any herbs, scent, or coloring and stir and pour mold(s). This recipe fits nicely in an 8x8 inch container, but other containers, such as pringles cans or specialty soap molds work just fine, too.
  5. Put molds in a warm, insulated place, let set 24 hours and then cut. Place on to rack and let cure for 2-3 weeks.

Cucumber Soap

  • 15 ounces Canola Oil
  • 30 ounces Coconut Oil
  • 27 ounces Olive Oil
  • 21 ounces Palm Oil
  • 5 ounces Shea Butter
  • 13.75 ounces of lye
  • 20 ounces of rain water
  • 16 ounces of pureed cucumber with peels (2-3 large cukes)


  1. Mix lye and water (this is a reduced amount, but the pureed cucumbers make up the rest of the liquid) - Cool to 90.
  2. Heat oils to 90.
  3. Mix lye solution and oils, blend well, add pureed cukes. Bring to light trace, add fragrance (at a 1% usage rate) of your choice. Bring to heavy trace. Pour in mold.

Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin

  • 1oz. Olive Oil
  • .3oz of Lanolin
  • .4oz of Shea Butter
  • .4oz of Beeswax
  • Flavor oil and Stevia for taste


Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the Lanolin oil and Shea Butter up until it is fully liquid. Add the olive oil to the melted Lanolin oil and Shea Butter. Combine the beeswax and all the oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and pour into containers.

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Lavender Cream Soap

  • 4 oz. olive oil
  • 2.5 oz. coconut oil
  • 1.5 oz. palm oil
  • 1.12 oz. lye
  • 2.5 oz. lavender infused water
  • 1 oz. half-n-half
  • 1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil


Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has disolved. Make as normal. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.

Marmalade Glycerine Soap

  • 2 3/4 cups (400g)grated glycerin soap
  • orange coloring (can use mace powder (2tsp/10ml) mixed with (4 T/60ml) of veg. oil)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml sweet orange essential oil
  • Pinch each of dried marigold or chamomile flowers and pinch of dried orange zest
  1. Melt glycerin soap over low heat in double boiler.
  2. Add color as melting nears completion and turn off heat.
  3. Stir in essential oil.
  4. Pour into molds.
  5. Mix in flowers and zest with a toothpick as soap cools in the mold.

This soap has a nice fragrance and interesting look. As with all glycerin soaps, wrap tightly as the glycerin will attract moisture from the air.

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  • 40 oz palm oil
  • 32 oz olive oil
  • 28 oz coconut oil
  • 3 oz almond oil
  • 14.50 oz lye
  • 39 oz water
  • 1 3/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 8 teaspoons chamomile essential oil
  • 3 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons benzoin powder

Melt oils and mix lye with water. Mix lye and oils at about 110 degrees. Wait for good trace and add wheat germ, honey, chamomile, turmeric and benzoin. I blend these last four ingredients into about 2 or 3 tablespoons of almond oil and then stir in. Make sure honey is fully incorporated. Insulate for 1 day. Makes a wonderful hard soap that lathers well. Mildly abrasive but very gentle and soothing to the skin.

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Milky Oatmeal-Honey Soap

  • 4 oz. Milk
  • 12-14 oz. Water
  • 48 oz. Shortening
  • 6 oz Lye
  • 6 Tbsp Oatmeal (powdered)
  • 3 T. Honey

Make as normal. Add oatmeal and honey at trace.


Mink Oil Shampoo

  • 16 oz weight coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup mink oil or (4 T. Castor oil)
  • 2.9 oz lye
  • 1 cup water (8 fluid oz.)


  1. Oil room temperature. Mix and use lye when the water turns clear. Put all ingredients in the blender. Follow the instructions for "Blender Soap" Don't let this soap trace. Process until the mixture is smooth (no oil streaks) and pour it into molds.
  2. Leave in molds 2 days
  3. Freeze soap 3 hours to release it from the molds.
  4. Age 3 weeks.

Nettle Soap

  • 16 oz. (87%) Organic Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbspn. (5%) Shea Nut Butter
  • 2 Tbpn. (5%) Cocoa Butter
  • 1 Tbspn. (2%) Wheatgerm oil
  • 1 tsp. (1%) Castor oil
  • 1 cup Nettle Water
  • 2.9 oz. Lye (Sodiom Hydroxide)


Pour enough boiling water to cover over 1 cup of tightly packed nettles, let cool, puree in a blender. Use this nettle puree as part of the lyewater and add more water enough to make for this 3 kg batch. This batch was cold processed.

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Orange-Eucalyptus Soap

P.S. - This soap seems to be very popular with people!

For this batch add at trace:

  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Orange essential oil (1 1/2 oz. stronger)
  • 1/4 oz. Eucalyptus essential oil (1/2 oz. stronger)
  • 1/2 oz. Citronella oil
  • 1 T. dried and pulverized orange peel

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Pine Tar Soap

You can turn any soap recipe and make it into pine tar soap. The easiest method is to add the pine tar to the melting oils at the beginning. You can buy pine tar at most feed stores (it is used on horses hooves for conditioning purposes). Be sure label says 100% pine tar and not pine rosin. Use a disposable spoon to remove tar out of the container and drop it into the melting oils. They should break up as the fats melt and warm up - stir in and copletely blend the tar into the fats. Pine Tar soap comes to trace quicker than soaps without it - go with a higher water addition rate for the recipe rather than the low end suggestions. For a recipe that makes 28 bars you will use 32 ounces of water with about 6 to 7 ounces of pine tar to the pot with the base oils. If you decide to scent along with the natural smell of the pine tar... pick something that will blend well with that or enhance it... and you'll have to move quickly since the soap is going to want to set up quickly and you'll have little time for extra fussing around. Essential oils might be better behaved since you are already going to have soap with a tendency toward accelerated trace. Pine tar soap takes longer to harden up during cure, but once hard that it is very long lasting.

Rose Garden

Add at trace:

  • 1/2 oz. Lavender essential oil
  • 1 oz. Sweet Grass Fragrance Oil (Sweet Cakes)
  • 1/2 oz. Rose Fragrance Oil (Pourette)
  • 1 1/2 - 3 tsp. fresh pulverized Rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp. shaved red and wax candle dyes
  • 1/2 tsp. shaved purple wax candle dyes

This gave a nice strong scent. I would not add more, unless you have Rosemary oil on hand and want to add a little of that. Harvest rosemary leaves and dehydrate for a few hours. Strip the leaves and run them through the blender - add with shavings and stir in just before pour.

Rosemary-Mint Soap

Add at light trace:

  • 3-4 T. dried and pulverized rosemary leaves
  • 1 -2 T. dried and pulverized spearmint leaves
  • 1/2 oz. Peppermint oil
  • If you have some, 1/2 oz. Rosemary oil would be nice also

Using a small container made for such purposes, I pulverized the dry herbs in the blender. The Rosemary still has some fairly long leaves, but that's okay and makes an interesting appearance in the soap. This soap did not get thick as quickly as the previous ones and I'm not sure if I poured it sooner, or it was because less fragrance oil was added at trace.

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Shampoo - Basic

  • 1 bar basic soap
  • 4 quarts rain water
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp. powdered borax
  • 1 oz. bay rum
Dissolve soap in boiling water. Let cool. Add eggs, borax and bay rum. Stir to mix thoroughly.

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Shea moisterizing Soap

  • 4.8 oz. olive oil
  • 3.2 oz. shea butter (or mango butter)
  • 4.8 oz. coconut oil
  • 3.2 oz. palm oil
  • 6 oz water
  • 2.2 oz. lye
  • .7 oz. essential oil

Make as normal. The shea butter in this soap makes it very moisturizing.

Soy Coconut Soap

  • 40 ounces olive oil
  • 28 ounces soybean oil
  • 18 ounces coconut oil
  • 28 ounces cold water
  • 12 ounces lye crystals

Temperature: between 90-100 degrees

You can use higher temps. (up to 120) and might want to if you are hand stirring. Use the stick blender and lower temp to allow more time before trace...which only took a few minutes.



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Traditional Soap from Home made Fat Drippings

  • 3 quarts fat drippings
  • 12.7 oz. lye
  • 4 1/2 quarts cold rain or soft water
  • 3 tsp. borax
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/4 cup ammonia

Thoroughly clean fats by boiling in equal amount of water. Place kettle in a cold place to firm fat. Cut fat from kettle sides. Pour off water and waste. Scrape off excess wastes from bottom of lard cake. Clean kettle and replace lard cakes, melt over low heat. Dissolve lye in 1 quart cold water and let stand until cool, then add melted fat slowly. Stir constantly. Mix other ingredients together and add to first mixture. Stir until the mixture is thick and honey colored. Pour into pan lined with a clean white cloth. Before soap becomes hard, mark pieces into cakes or form into balls. When hard, store to allow further air-drying.

Translucent Soap

This is a basic recipe for "glycerin" soap.

  • 16 ounces (454 g) coconut oil
  • 6 ounces (170 g) tallow
  • 2 four-ounce (113 g) bottles of castor oil
  • 4 ounces (113 g) lye
  • 10 ounces (283 g) water
  • 8 ounces (227 g) granulated sugar
  • 10 ounces (283 g) 80 proof vodka
  1. Take the oil, fat, lye and water and follow the Cold Process technique to trace and pour.
  2. Allow soap to set up for two days.

Milling the Soap:

  1. Slice/grate the soap into small pieces. Use gloves and safety glasses during this process because lye may still be active and will fume upon heating.
  2. Melt over low heat until gently simmering.
  3. As the soap is melted, add the sugar and the vodka. Mix in gently to avoid sudsing which can make final bars murky instead of clear.
  4. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes to boil off the alcohol. A layer will form on the top but underneath should be clear.
  5. Remove from heat and skim off top coating. This can be used to make soap balls.
  6. Pour the soap into individual molds.
  7. Let cure for three weeks.

Use caution when adding alcohol to simmering soap. Be certain the soap is not too hot; do not boil. Once the glycerine has been made tranparent you now have a melt and pour base, which can be re-melted to add fragrances, colors, and embeds of your choice.

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Walk in the Bush


  • 18 oz olive oil
  • 15 oz grapeseed oil
  • 11 oz palm oil
  • 10 oz water
  • 6 oz lemon juice
  • 5.8 oz lye
  • 4 oz Australian leatherwood beeswax
  • 10 ml lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 ml tea-tree essential oil (melaleuca alternifolia)


Before the lye gets mixed in add the lemon juice to the water. Add the essential oils at trace.

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