Lime in the Coconut Soap

by Sandy
(Walden, NY)

(Amounts are by weight unless noted)

  • 15 oz. Coconut oil

  • 8 oz. Jojoba oil

  • 25 oz. Sunflower oil

  • 5 oz. Palm oil

  • 2 oz. Palm Stearic acid (or other vegetable derived stearic acid)

  • 6 oz. Shea Butter

  • 8 oz. Lye

  • 20 oz. Distilled water

  • 1 ½ oz. (volume) Lime essential oil

  • ½ oz. (volume) Spearmint essential oil

  • ½ oz. (volume) Coconut Lime verbena fragrance oil

  • Eye protection (essential)

  • Rubber glove (essential)

  • Apron

  • Wooden spoon

  • Mixing bowl

  • Electric hand blender (optional)

  • Thermometer

  • Drying rack

  • Soap molds

  • Freezer paper to cover the molds during initial curing

  • Vinegar (helps with Lye cleanup; neutralized the lye)

  1. Put on eye protection, rubber gloves, and apron

  2. Gather all your supplies and ingredients

  3. Carefully add Lye to Water, mix, and set safely aside.

  4. Combine oils until well mixed. Warm if not in liquid form.

  5. Combine Water-Lye solution and oil mixture. Warm to 110 - 120 degrees F.

  6. Mix for 2-3 minutes then allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes; mix again. Continue with more mix and rest cycles until trace occurs.

  7. After Trace forms, add fragrance and essential oils.

  8. Pour into molds at medium to heavy trace

  9. Cover molds with Freezer paper to and let set for 48 hours

  10. Pop out of molds and cut as necessary

  11. Cure for 2-3 weeks on a drying rack

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