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Cold Process Soap: Simple Two-Oil Soap Recipe

Pulling this one from the archives because the recipe is so simple but makes an a-maz-ing bar of soap. I really love this recipe - it makes a lovely lathering, moisturizing bar.

If you're brand new to cold process soap making, this is a good one to try. If you're more experienced, this is a nice recipe because you probably have this oils on hand all the time. And you can jazz it up however you wish.


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. 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. Dress it up any way you like, with oatmeal, herbs, fragrance of your choosing. Or, just leave it naked because it's lovely that way too.

If you're new to cold process soap, make sure you read the posts listed below 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!

Cold Process Soap Recipe: Basic Two-Oil Soap

This recipe makes about 2 lbs. finished soap. You'll get about 8 average sized bars.

What you'll need:
12 oz. coconut oil
20 oz. olive oil
4.5 oz. 100% lye
10 oz. water

Step 1: Don your goggles and gloves and weigh out the water into a plastic heat-proof pitcher. Set aside.

Step 2: Weigh out lye into a separate container. Carefully pour lye into container of water, stir to dissolve. Careful, this mixture will get hot. Let stand to cool down.

Step 3: Weigh your oils and put them into a pot. Warm on low heat to just melt the coconut oil. Remove from heat.

Step 4: Let the water and oils cooled considerably until they are approximately the same temperature (anywhere between 85 and 110 is what I typically shoot for). While you're waiting, use this time to prepare your mold.

Step 5: Pour the lye water mixture into the pot of oils. (You're still wearing your gloves and goggles, right?) Place your stick blender into the mixture and blend until medium trace - or a thick pancake batter consistency.

Step 6: Add any herbs and fragrances now, if you'd like, and stir in. Pour the soap batter into the mold.

Step 7: Let set undisturbed for 48 hours. Put your gloves back on, remove from the mold and cut into bars. The soap will be sticky, that's OK. It will harden as it cures.

Step 8: Place your soap bars on a drying rack or brown paper sack in a dry place and let cure for at least 30 days. Enjoy your soap!

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