I have been wanting to make my own soaps for at least a decade, but was terrified of using lye. So I moved onto other things, like lip balm and hand bound books, and placed my dreams of soap making on the back burner. That is, until this past summer when I began looking for things to do during #the100dayproject and came across a few hot process soap recipes. They looked easy enough and even had VIDEOS showing what it looked like when adding lye to water.
So I invited a friend over while Anna was at school to make a batch, We ended up making coconut oil shampoo bars (which I absolutely LOVE and still use). My friend and I both found the process to be easy and enjoyable and were thrilled to be using a product we had made ourselves.
With that first attempt being such a success, I decided to give it another go. This time opting for a bar that I could use in place of our body wash. I settled on a very basic bar using a mix of olive and coconut oils to get a baseline for what made my skin the happiest. I also wanted to play around with scents since we opted to keep our shampoo bars unscented.
I am fairly happy with how this batch turned out. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized while also smelling lovely in the shower. The only thing that I would change is the amount of lather it creates. Perhaps I’m just used to the shampoo bars which have the most luxurious lather around, but these take a bit more work to get the bubbles out.
Are you a fan of hot process soaps? What’s your go-to soap recipe?
How To Make Coconut + Olive Oil Hot Process Soap
- Digital scale*
- Lye* (aka sodium hyrdoxide)
- Long Sleeved Shirt
- Plastic mixing spoon*
- Glass measuring cup* and bowls*
- Immersion blender*
- Soap mold or bread pan (small shoe box, Pringles container, etc will also work)
*This is an affiliate link. I make a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase it through the link.
For a general overview of how to make hot process soap (and my absolute favorite shampoo bar recipe), check out this tutorial from Mommypotamus.
**THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON 10/5/2020 TO CLARIFY THE STEPS AND ALSO TO MAKE SURE THE RECIPE WAS MORE BALANCED AND INFORMED. PLEASE USE THIS VERSION FOR FUTURE BATCHES.**