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CP soapmaking instructions

Precautions

1. Do not use aluminium containers. The soap and the pot will be ruined.

2. Treat sodium hydroxide with the utmost respect. It is a dangerous chemical.

3. It is ESSENTIAL to wear eye protection and gloves.

4. If you spill sodium hydroxide on your skin, it will sting. Flush with cold water until the stinging stops. Dabbing with vinegar or lemon juice helps too.

Utensils needed

Safety glasses

Rubber gloves

Plastic, glass or stainless steel pot or bowl

Spatula

Stick blender (very useful and, after making a batch without one, you will say essential!)

Thermometer

Container to use as a mould; all our recipes can fit in one of our loaf moulds.

Baking paper to line mould, if the mould isn't silicon

If you are going to make a habit of soapmaking, have utensils dedicated for that purpose.

Method for all cold-process soap recipes

1. Melt gently the solid oils.

2. Add the other oils and cool to 40°C.

3. Put on safety glasses and gloves. Add sodium hydroxide to COLD water and stir until dissolved. Don’t breathe in the fumes.

4. Cool to 40°C. Keep in a safe place away from people and animals.

5. Put on safety glasses and gloves. Add sodium hydroxide mixture to oils. Stir until thick. A stick blender will shorten this process but don’t mix too fast. Stop and stir in the OFF position often.

6. Add essential oil. Stir until the soap is like thick porridge.

7. Pour into a Go Native silicon loaf mould. Cover to keep warm for 24 hours.

8. Uncover, unmould and cut into bars.

9. Separate bars to dry for 3 weeks before using.

Variations: botanicals, dried flowers, colours, etc, can be used. Add these before the mixture becomes too thick and before adding the essential oil.



Shea and beeswax CP soap (no palm)


Makes 1 loaf mould

Ingredients

230g RBD coconut oil

230g grape oil

200g organic shea butter

20g white beeswax

230g water

104g sodium hydroxide

30g lemon essential oil

1T honey

Traces quickly so be prepared.




Vegan soap


Makes 1 loaf mould

400g pomace olive oil

190g avocado oil

160g RBD coconut oil

250g water

114g sodium hydroxide

30g star anise essential oil




Oatmeal, lemon & honey soap


Makes 1 loaf mould.

250g water

115g sodium hydroxide

230g coconut oil

230g sunflower oil

100g palm oil organic

100g pomace oilve oil

50g castor oil

50g shea butter

100g oatmeal

30g lemon verbena FO

30g honey



No palm oil soap


Makes 1 loaf mould

500g pomace olive oil

150g RBD coconut oil

50g beeswax

50g cocoa butter

250g water

114g sodium hydroxide

30g lemon essential oil

50g honey (add to the warm oils so it will melt)



Avocado CP soap


Makes 1 loaf mould

230g RBD coconut oil

230g organic palm oil

230g NZ avocado oil

230g water

104g sodium hydroxide

30g palmarosa essential oil



Activated charcoal soap


The activated charcoal made a fine-looking bar of soap.

Activated charcoal is supposed to be great for acne and many skin sensitivities. Be careful when working with it. It gets in every little nook and cranny.

230g coconut oil

230g organic palm oil

230g pomace olive oil

230g water

104g sodium hydroxide

30g activated charcoal, added at light trace.

Makes 1 loaf mould.


Goat's milk soap


Makes 1 loaf mould

230g coconut oil

230g olive oil

230g organic palm oil

115g cold water

115g goat's milk

104g sodium hydroxide

30g lavender essential oil or any other essential oil

Instructions in pictures

NB: Please note below the special instructions for goat's milk soap.

Mix the sodium hydroxide with just the water and let it cool to the correct temperature.

Once you are ready to blend the lye with the oils, add the goat's milk to the lye.

It will curdle, but that's OK.



Everyday lavender soap


Makes 1 loaf mould

230g coconut oil

230g pomace olive oil

230g organic palm oil

230g cold water

104g sodium hydroxide

30g lavender essential oil