Feel Free to use the Cold Process Soap recipes on this page for your own soaps. These are all recipes that I make, use, and sell. Every tutorial on the blog has recipes included as well, but those on this page are my most used recipes.
* You should ALWAYS run your recipe through a lye calculator. I would hate for a typo to ruin your batch of soap. 🙂 I use SoapCalc.
I always soap between 110° and 120°, unless otherwise noted.
My favorite Oil Blend
- Coconut Oil – 30%
- Olive Oil – 30%
- Palm Oil – 30%
- Castor Oil – 10%
This is my tried and true blend. It makes a hard bar, with a stable bubbly lather. When I make this blend, I allow for a 5% superfat. This particular blend of oils is pretty stable, it doesn’t trace too quickly (depending on additives) so I often use a pretty steep water discount. Sometimes as much as 50/50 lye/water! Of course, that’s only when I’m using additives I’ve worked with before and know very well how it will behave.
This is also my go-to cold process soap recipe when I’m trying out new scents.
My favorite single Oil Recipe
100% Coconut Oil, with a 20% superfat. This will make a very hard, completely white bar, unless you’re using fragrances or additives that cause it to discolor. The lather is SUPER bubbly. I like to pair it with an invigorating scent like Peppermint Essential Oil. This one will get hard very quickly so I never wait the full 24 hours to unmold and cut. Some people say a completely Coconut Oil soap can be a little bit drying, however the 20% superfat should really keep that in control. My customers request it over and over.
Buttermilk, Oatmeal, and Honey
- Olive Oil – 60%
- Coconut Oil – 30%
- Cocoa Butter – 10%
- 2 Tablespoons/per pound of Oil of Ground Oatmeal
- 1 Tablespoon/per pound of Oil of Raw Honey
This is my best cold process soap for sensitive skin! Plug your numbers into a lye calculator with a 5% superfat. Substitute half the water with buttermilk. Mix the water and lye first, add the buttermilk after it has cooled. Add the honey and ground oatmeal at trace. While I don’t make any medical claims about my soap, I have had several regular customers tell me this clears up their acne and eczema! The honey will make this one heat up pretty hot, so don’t insulate it and keep an eye on it for a few hours. I would suggest mixing at no hotter than 105°. It will still get hot enough to go completely through the gel phase.
Sprinkle the top with oatmeal once it’s in the soap mold.
My favorite Essential Oil Blends
- Peppermint 50%/Lavender 50% – This is the scent if my best selling soap year-round.
- Lavender 40%/Lime 40%/Patchouli 20% – this is a favorite soap scent for Men and Women alike. I’m not a fan of Patchouli at all, but it seriously transforms this soap. You won’t be disappointed.
- Cedarwood 50%/Sage 50% – another big hit for Men and Women.