Organic Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter Soap Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4.5 ounces lard (10 percent)
  • 15.6 ounces coconut oil (35 percent)
  • 11.2 ounces olive oil (25 percent)
  • 2.2 ounces castor oil (5 percent)
  • 5.8 ounces cocoa butter (13 percent)
  • 5.4 ounces shea butter (12 percent)
  • 6.3 ounces lye (6 percent lye discount)
  • 12.6 ounces water
  • 2 ounces of fragrance or essential oil blend (such as the Lavender Dream blend of patchouli, orange, and lavender essential oils)

Process

  1. First, put just the cocoa butter into the bowl/pot alone and start to melt it. In the microwave, heat the cocoa butter for 3 minutes at 50 percent power. When the cocoa butter is partially melted, add the shea butter, and heat further. Then continue to add the solid oils in the reverse order of their melting point. Coconut oil next, then the lard.
  2. Continue heating the solid oils until they are completely melted. Then add the liquid oils to the mixture.
  3. While you’re heating the oils, measure out your fragrance or essential oil as well, and you’re ready to make some soap! Mix the oils together.
  4. To make the lye solution, you’ll need a glass jar or pitcher that’s taller than the actual amount of liquid it will hold. Add the water to the jar and then, once you’ve measured out the lye, add it to the pitcher of water. Mix the water-lye solution with a non-metal utensil, like a chopstick. Let it cool down a bit; the jar will be hot to touch.
  5. Now, add the lye solution to the oils. Use a stick blender to mix the oils until you achieve “trace,” which just means that the mixture will hold its form when you drag the blender through it. Add the fragrance and stir a bit.
  6. Pour the soap into the mold and let it set up overnight. After 24 hours or so, unmold it and let it cure for a few weeks.

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