I have been making soaps for over 10 years now. I absolutely enjoy making soaps and is one of my favorite items to make. Soapmaking helps me relax and its a fantastic way to express my creativity. For those of us who enjoy the science of it, its also a great way to see the beauty of chemistry. Although I have been making cold process soap for less than that, this post is dedicated to Cold Process soap making. Either Melt and Pour, Cold Process or Hot Process soap making, whichever you choose is a fantastic hobby, that results in a practical product.
Cold Process soap making is fascinating, I enjoy very much formulating and coming up with new recipes to try. I consider the formulating part of the cold process method part of planning and I love having a plan. I also like to see how I can improve a recipe by tweaking some of the ingredients. The fun part of soap making is the actual process itself, using my creativity to pair colors with fragrances and coming up with ideas for swirls and textures. It is a very creative process and I think is also an artistic process.
Free Cold Process soap recipe
Below is a recipe that you can try and see if you like it. It is a balanced recipe and has beautiful, skin loving ingredients.
Avocado oil – 4.8 oz
Coconut oil – 6.4 oz
Castor oil – 1.6 oz
Grapeseed oil – 4.8 oz
Olive oil – 7.4 oz
Shea butter – 3.9 oz
Mango seed butter – 3.2 oz
Water – 12.2 oz
Sodium Hydroxide – 4.25 oz
This recipe is designed for 7% superfat (lye discount) and 38% water as percent of oil weight. Be sure to run it through your favorite soap calculator. I prefer using soapcalc.net but any other soap calculator will work.
Be sure to use the proper safety precautions when using lye and Happy Soaping!
Stay tuned for the launch of our Cold Process line in the shop in September 2017.