Gentle Cold Process Soap Recipe with Shea Butter
Shea butter, widely used in cosmetics, salve, or lotion, is an excellent moisturizer. A triglyceride, derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid, it adds moisturizing and hardness to your handmade soap when used.
Today, we will be learning about a gentle cold process soap recipe with shea butter used. Due to the use of olive oil, shea butter, and castor oil, these vegan handmade soap bars are conditioning, gentle on the skin and eco-friendly.
- 400 grams of extra virgin olive oil
- 75 grams of organic unrefined shea butter
- 25 grams of pure castor oil
- 130 grams of distilled water
- 63.62 grams of sodium hydroxide (lye)
Note: Organic unrefined shea butter can also be substituted with pure refined shea butter. If you are allergic to shea butter, substitute it with mango butter or cocoa butter. You will need to recalculate the lye amount needed.
- Wear your protective gear (gloves, eyewear, long sleeves).
- Measure out the distilled water into a stainless steel container.
- Measure out the sodium hydroxide in a separate stainless steel container.
- Add sodium hydroxide slowly to your distilled water.
- Stir the sodium hydroxide into your water till clear.
- Set the lye solution aside to cool (around 38 degrees to 42 degrees).
- Measure out your fixed oil and butter into a stainless steel container.
- Heat your oil and butter to around 38 degrees to 42 degrees.
- Add lye solution into your oil and butter container.
- Use either a hand stirrer or an electric immersion blender to mix.
- Continue mixing/blending until it reaches trace.
- At trace, pour your soap batter into a mold.
- Keep the soap in a mold for at least 24 to 48 hours.
- Within this period, you will notice the soap batter hardening.
- Once it has hardened, remove the soap from the mold.
- Cut the soap loaf into bars.
- Place the soap bars onto a curing rack or area.
- Allow your soap bars to cure for at least 6 to 8 weeks before use.
- Once it has completed the curing process, it’s ready for use!
How to Use
This cold process handmade soap bar with shea butter is a mild and gentle soap bar (due to the high amount of olive oil and shea butter used) is great for people with sensitive skin. Once your soap bars have completed their curing process, you can use them as usual.
- First, give your body a good rinse to loosen up the dirt and excess oils on your skin.
- Lather your soap bar between your hands, set aside the bar, and apply that to your skin.
- You can also use a loofah, washcloth, or soap bag to hold the lather.
- Rinse off with water and you are done.
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