The recipe comes from a video on the Youtube channel, Elly’s Everyday. Below is a summary of the process…
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1. Make the lye solution. For this, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 135 grams of sodium hydroxide
- 250 grams of water
This will make a 35% lye concentration. Mix them together in a plastic bowl. Make sure you wear gloves and you might want to wear protective eyewear. Lye is highly alkaline and can burn your skin and your eyes. You should also wear a face mask.
2. You’ll need a crockpot or slow cooker at this point. Start by adding 600 grams of olive oil to the crockpot. Then add 80 grams of castor oil. Next, add 100 grams of coconut oil and 100 grams of almond oil. Next, add 100 grams of cocoa butter. And finally, 20 grams of beeswax.
3. Turn your crockpot on high and mix the oils now and then to combine them. After about half an hour, they should be well blended. Continue to heat the oils until you have a uniform liquid.
4. Carefully pour your lye solution into the hot oils in the crockpot. Stir it around, then use a handheld blender to combine the lye with the oils. As you continue to blend, you’ll see the mixture start to thicken. In soap making, that’s called coming to “trace.” It’s when the texture of the soap thickens. Once you have reached a trace, you’re ready for the next step.
5. Cover the pot and let it cook. After about 15 to 20 minutes, check its consistency with a spatula. Leave the crockpot on low for an hour without touching it.
6. Lift the lid and stir the soap. Cover and cook another 15 minutes and check it again. Stir it, cover, and continue to heat on low and stir every 15 minutes.
7. When the soap has the texture of Vaseline, do a pH test with a pH test strip. It should measure between 8 and 9. The video shows you how to do this.
8. Add about a ½ cup of oat flour and stir it in.
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9. Combine a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of water and mix together in a cup. Pour the honey into the soap and mix it in.
10. Now add 20 grams of fragrance oil. I used honey and lemon fragrance. Mix that in.
11. Spoon the soap into your soap mold and work it down and in with your spatula. Tap the mold a couple of times to work the soap down into the mold and then smooth the top.
12. Use a fork to add some texture to the top. Use a spray bottle with water to keep it from sticking to the fork. Sprinkle some more oats on top.
13. Let the soap cool for 6 to 12 hours and then cut it into bars. Wrap the soap in wax paper. Let them dry for another 3 to 4 weeks to fully cure.
For more details and to see how it’s done, be sure to watch the video below.
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