GENTLE BABY SOAP RECIPE
This is an easy beginner soap recipe, sure to give you success and help you fall in love with soapmaking. The recipe is simple, with only a few ingredients (as a simple life lover, I believe simple is often the best). This nut-free soap recipe is without scents or colours, just good, nourishing soap. A perfect non-allergic homemade soap recipe for sensitive skin or eczema.
TYPE: GENTLE, VEGAN
YIELD: 3 POUNDS OR 12 (4-OUNCE) BARS
LYE DISCOUNT: 15%
START TO FINISH TIME: 1 to 2 hours, 24 hours insulation, 4 to 6 weeks to cure
This soap is exactly what its name says: a gentle soap that is great for babies (or those with sensitive skin). It is kept unscented and nut-free so that babies and those with allergies will not have any problems. I also use this as a shaving bar since it is so creamy and smooth.
SAFETY FIRST! Remember to wear your safety equipment and mix the lye water outside. Tell everyone you live with that where you’re working is off-limits. Give yourself enough time to complete the recipe.
- kitchen scale
- glass bowls
- large spoon
- a large stainless steel pot
- small zip-top plastic bag
- parchment paper
- stick blender (or hand mixer)
- rubber spatula
- 18 ounces olive oil
- 8 ounces of coconut oil
- 5 ounces castor oil
- 3 ounces cocoa butter
- 2 ounces shea butter
- 4.4 ounces lye
- 13.7 ounces of filtered water
THE MAKING PROCESS
1. HEAT THE FATS/ OILS In a large pot, combine the olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Heat over medium-low heat until they are melted and incorporated. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to 100 ° to 110 ° F.
2. MIX THE LYE WATER Put on safety gear, including protective eyewear, a mask, gloves, and long sleeves. Outside, carefully add the lye crystals to the water and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool to 100 ° to 110 ° F. If the oils and lye water cool at different rates, you can use a cold- or hot-water bath in the sink.
3. PREPARE THE MOLD While the oils and lye water cool, line the mould with parchment paper.
4. COMBINE AND BRING TO TRACE When both the oils and lye water are 100 ° to 110 ° F, carefully pour the lye water into the pot of oils. Use a stick blender (or hand mixer) to mix for 1 to 2 minutes and then let the mixture rest for 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat mixing and resting until light trace.
5. Mould THE SOAP Pour the soap mixture into the mould, cover with a lid or parchment paper, and insulate with a blanket for 24 hours.
6. CUT AND CURE Remove the soap from the mould. If it seems too soft to remove, wait for another 12 to 24 hours before removing. Cut the soap into 12 (4-ounce) bars. Allow the bars to cure in a well-ventilated location for 4 to 6 weeks.
If you’d like to mix and match essential oil blends of your own, use the same amount called for in the recipe until you are able to judge the strength of the oil and your own preference. Don’t interchange any other ingredients without using a lye calculator.