Oh yes, OliveOil is a staple ingredient in many soaping recipes. Homemade soap allows you to control what goes into your soap while keeping your skin soft and hydrated. There is even a recipe with 100% OliveOil which is also called “Castile” soap recipe. Although it might first seem very difficult and intimidating to make your own soap, it is worth taking the time and effort. I tried to find a simple recipe for beginners.
OliveOil Soap Recipe:
- 500 g extra virgin OliveOil
- 100 g coconut oil
- 10 g lavender essential oil
- 80 g lye
- 195 g water
- Mix your lye into your water – not the other way around. Use a recipient that can handle heat. It is best to do this step outside so that you don’t fill your house with the fumes and try not to breath them in! Once the lye has dissolved, leave the mix to cool in an area where no kids or pets have access to it.
Meanwhile, weigh and mix your olive and coconut oil. Use a large, glass bowl that has enough room for adding and mixing the other ingredients.
After the lye mixture has cooled a bit, bring it back inside and pour your oil mix into it. Mix them together gently at first.
Once your lye mix has been incorporated into your oils, you can start to blend them with a hand blender. Be careful not to spray the mixture all over! You can do this step by hand, but it supposedly will take a very long time.
When the mixture starts to thicken (like mayonnaise) after a few minutes, this stage is called “trace” and that is what you want!
Mix in essential oils of your choice.
Oil the plastic containers beforehand (to prevent sticking) and then pour the mixture into soap molds.
Cover and set aside for at least 24 hours.
After 24 hours, uncover and see if you can unmold it. If it is too soft, wait a few more hours and unmold. Put it in a cold place to help shrink it a little to help the process out. Don’t wait too long or it will be too hard to easily cut into bars.
- Cut into bars. The nice thing about making your own, is that you can decide how you want to cut them.
To let your soap dry out and harden, let set for around a month, turning every day or two at first, and then every week later on.