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  1. 5 stars
    This has been on my to-try list! I made soap with a friend a few years ago, but want to make it myself. Your process makes it super simple and I can see exactly what I need at a glance. Thank you! I’m going to try it for the #handmadehomechallenge.

  2. 5 stars
    HI, Im rating this a 5 because i messed it up. you might find amusing. i don’t know why, but i left directions away from working table and ran back and forth. i used coco butter, coconut and shea. i totally goofed not using olive. i didn’t realize it until they were melted. oh well,, i said, it’ll work. well, it didn’t.. when i added the lye it reached trace in 10 seconds, the blender wouldn’t even work. it was strange, curdled cheese looking. i also realized i used the wrong pan so it may not have been stainless steel. anyway, i went back in the other room to get molds and when i came back a minute later,, i saw it had exploded. i’m thankful i wasn’t in the room. i sstirred with a spatula, what a waste of time and money… we’ll see what happens.

    1. oh dear! Yes having soap seize like that is very frustrating. It’s best to make soap with no other distractions and just really focus on what you have going on with it!

  3. Jenn – I had an explosion too but think it was because I didn’t allow my oils to cool enough prior to mixing the lye. What temperature should the lye and oils be, prior to mixing? Room temp?

    Because of the explosion, I used my immersion blender on high to try to salvage the excess bubbles. It worked, I think. I was able to cut and start the curing process earlier because my soap was so rigid going into the mold.

    1. The recipe states that they should be within ten degrees of each other. Usually around 100 degrees. I’m not sure what you mean by explosion…I’ve never had that. Perhaps it was overmixed and seized up?

  4. Hello Jen,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am brand new to soap making, and appreciate the help!
    I had two questions: can I add sweet almond oil to this recipe? If so, how much would you recommend?

    Thank you!

    1. As far as adding or taking away oils from a recipe, you really can’t do it without running the recipe through a lye calculator. This soap recipe is about 5% superfatted which means there is about 5% of the oils or fats that is left after the lye eats the rest and saponifies. This leaves 5% for moisturizing, some people superfat up to 8%. If you want to add sweet almond oil, you would want to take away some of the other oils or increase the superfat and that would change the lye content. A lye calculator is easy to use and allows you to play around with your ingredients and make sure your end result is safe to use. I like this one https://www.the-sage.com/lyecalc/

  5. Hi Jenn,

    Thank you for this recipe. I am looking forward to trying it but wondered if it can be increased using the same proportions. Could I multiply ingredients by 1.5 or 2 and would it still work? I have a large soap mold that I purchased .

    Also, I prefer essential oils. Would the amount using essential oils instead be the same for this recipe?

    Thank you.

      1. 5 stars
        Actually for essential oils, it’s a little different. The USDA recommendation is that you shouldn’t use more than 3% of the oils weight in fragrance for both safety and oil degradation reasons. Essential oils can be very harsh on the skin when used in too high of a dose so caution is advised. The recommendation comes out to about .48 fl oz (6 tspn) per pound of oils, about half of the fragrance oil amount. However, because it’s already started saponification at this phase, you don’t need to make any adjustments to the lye or oil amounts.

  6. 5 stars
    Hello- I put together this soap last evening and all went well.
    I noticed when unmolding the soap it is still “sticky” or tacky- Is that normal and will it harden up over the curing time of 4-6 weeks?
    I’ve made soap before but wanted to try a Palm oil free recipe. I really like this one and I followed it to a T!
    Hope it turns out!!

    1. Hi there Dawn! Sometimes it may take 48 hours for the soap to dry out in the mold, especially if the house is warm or has higher humidity. However, it will be fine and will dry out as it cures over the weeks. Make sure there is plenty of airflow around the bars. I think you will really like this soap!

  7. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. So easy to follow. Just as a note, for essential oils, the measurements are a little different. The USDA recommendation is that you shouldn’t use more than 3% of the oils weight in fragrance for both safety and oil degradation reasons. Essential oils can be very harsh on the skin when used in too high of a dose so caution is advised. The recommendation comes out to about .48 fl oz (6 tspn) per pound of oils, about half of the fragrance oil amount. However, because it’s already started saponification at this phase, you don’t need to make any adjustments to the lye or oil amounts.

    1. Hi there! I don’t have a ton of experience adding colorant to soap, other than in some of my copycat recipes where I am using natural ingredients as color. It is my understanding that if you are using a powdered colorant, it is best to mix it with a bit of water or oil first before adding it into the batter. It is also best to add it right before trace when things are coming together but not too thick yet. You want to have plenty of time to evenly blend the color into the batter before it sets. Hope that helps!

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