Hot Process SOAP RECIPE That You CAN'T Live Without! Spearmint-Frankincense-Eucalytus Nettle Green Soap
One of my friends asked me to make some of my Spearmint-Eucalyptus soap for her, so I thought I'd share my recipe with you! I use the hot process method of soap making most of the time because the soap can be ready to go right away, even though you're using sodium hydroxide (lye), which ALL true soap must be made with. She wanted the soap quickly, so here it is, along with my recipe for you to try out!
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Ingredients for Spearmint-Frankincense-Eucalyptus Soap
This recipe makes 3 pounds of soap, so be sure your mold will hold that much!
15 ounces olive oil (Also from Costco--organic is great quality, and I haven't found a better price anywhere)
1.5 ounces Castor Oil (Bulk Apothecary)
15 ounces distilled water
Essential Oils and Natural Colorant:
***You can use Nettles medicinally, too! Find out more on How to Make & Use Nettle Powder for Nutrition & Health.)
1 ounce Spearmint Essential Oil
1 ounce Frankincense Essential Oil
1/2 ounce Eucalyptus Essential Oil
**A note about using essential oils in soap making: Essential oils are EXPENSIVE. Just being honest. Also, I like a good, strong scent in my soaps, and not everyone does. So, if you cut these measurements in half, you'll still have a great smelling soap!
Where do I get my essential oils, you may be asking?
For my soap making, I generally purchase my essential oils through Starwest Botanicals or Bulk Apothecary. I have found the quality to be perfect for making soap, and I can buy the quantity I need, too.
For making skin care products such as essential oils in carrier oils, or for using directly on my skin, I like to use doTerra brand essential oils because in my opinion, I think they are the very highest quality you can buy. However, they are just too expensive to use in soap making because of the quantity you need. Just being real, here. You can visit my doTerra site for more information!
Tools You'll Need for Making Hot Process Soap
Rubber Gloves (Safety)
Safety Glasses (Eye protection)
Crock Pot (I have two that are dedicated to only making soap--You don't need a fancy one. I like the basic manual crock pots you can just keep right on low. EASY.)
Heat resistant measuring pitcher (s) (You want a heat resistant pitcher to make your lye solution because the solution is HOT when the water and lye are combined. I mean---SUPER hot!)
Hand Blender (Very important--you'll be stirring for HOURS, literally, without one of these!)
Kitchen Scale (Very important--soap making is an exact process due to the chemical reactions happening. You'll need to measure exactly.)
Soap Cutter or Sharp Knife
Basic Directions for Making Spearmint-Frankincense-Eucalyptus Green Soap:
NOTE on making soap: PLEASE read through my tutorials on how to make hot process soap because these directions below are just the basics. Soap making can be DANGEROUS due to the caustic nature of the lye. If you've never made soap before, please refer to these articles: Hot Process #1 and Hot Process #2. There are picture for each and every step with super detailed instructions.
Melt your oils on LOW in the crock pot. After they are completely, melted, I pour in the Nettle Powder. It's ok if the Nettle powder soaks in the oil for a bit.
Get your lye solution ready. Measure out your water FIRST. Then measure out your lye. Pour your lye into the water---NEVER the other way around. You could get a volcano and be hurt! Stir up the solution well, and allow to cool while the oils are melting.
Get your essential oils mixed together.
Once the oils are melted completely, gently pour the lye solution into the oil mixture. Using your hand blender, blend away for about 5 minutes or so until it reaches "trace." This means it will be the consistency of stiff pudding.
"Cook" the mixture! You'll see it start to rise up the sides at a certain point. When it gets high enough, stir, stir, stir it down! You may have to do this a couple of times. Be sure to watch it carefully as it can easily boil right over if you don't get it stirred in time. This has happened to me! YIKES!
Check to be sure it's ready:
After the mixture becomes translucent and there are no more opaque pieces at all in it, it's probably ready! To check to see, you should be able to roll a little piece up into a ball, and it should feel waxy.
If it meets the above criteria, then you can give it the "ZAP" test, if you want. I always do, but some people don't like to do this. I used to use pH strips, but I have found over time that the ZAP test works best and is the simplest way. Just place the ball on your tongue. If you don't feel a zap (and you will KNOW if you do), then it's a go!
Turn off the crock pot and let it sit for just a few minutes to cool it a bit. Then add in your essential oils and once again, STIR, STIR, STIR like a crazy person to get those oils completely stirred into the soap.
Glop your soap into the mold, pressing to be sure it gets into all the corners. Set it aside and let it cool down for several hours or overnight.
Remove from the soap mold and you have beautiful soap to cut up!
***If you want you can cut off the top and have a nice smooth soap appearance--much like cold process. I always cut off my tops, then I cut the top up and use it too. It all gets used. But if I give any away, I like to give regular bars because it just looks nicer.
I love making my own soap! I hope you'll give it a try if you haven't already! If you are worried about working with lye, stay tuned, because I'll have an article out soon about how to do just that!
Have you made hot process soap before? Which do you prefer more? Hot process or cold process? I'd love to hear your experiences! Please leave me a comment or question if you have any! I'll always get back to you right away!
Hugs and Self-Reliance,
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