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Basic Two-Oil Soap

I just finished up a wonderful cold process soap making class out at Gavilan College in Gilroy.  What a great group of ladies.  Collectively we made over 40 pounds of soap!  What a blast!  I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

Since we had a fairly large group, and the vast majority were brand new to soap making, I wanted a simple and straightforward recipe.  And, since we were making 40 pounds of soap and the 40 pounds of ingredients needed to be carried, by me, to the classroom (not to mention all of the pots, hotplates, bowls, and molds needed to make that much soap) I wanted as few ingredients as possible.

So, as a class we made a basic two-oil soap with coconut and olive oils.  And let me tell you, I really liked the results.  It created a nice hard bar with plenty of lather and moisturizing properties.  The best part is you can get all of the ingredients at your grocery store! 

Since I liked it so much, I thought I'd share the recipe with you.  Try it and let me know what you think!

If you're new to cold process soap, make sure you read these posts first.  They'll run you through the step-by-steps of soap making plus all of the necessary safety info.  Because you can hurt yourself making soap if you're not following all of the safety rules.  I don't want you to get hurt.  I love you.  Read them!

How to Make Cold Process Soap

Working with Lye

Soap Making Safety Rules

Did you read all the posts above?  Do you have your goggles and gloves?  Good.  Now let's make some soap.

Basic Two-Oil Soap Recipe

12 oz. coconut oil
20 oz. olive oil
4.5 oz. 100% lye
10 oz. water

Follow the basic steps for cold process soap.  You can dress this up by adding some finely ground oatmeal or a handful of dried herbs.

This recipe makes about 2 lbs. finished soap.   

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