Recipes for Small Batches of Cold Process Soaps
by Anne-Marie Faiola

Safety Reminder:

If you are new to cold process soapmaking, please purchase a book and read about the serious safety issues associated with lye. A good book to start with is Susan Miller Cavitch's "The SoapMakers Companion." When handling lye, please use gloves and goggles and do not breathe in the fumes.

Remember, the lye water mixture is always added to the oil and not vice versa.

The following recipes will yield approximately 5-6 bars of soap.

1 pound Hemp Oil Batch

16 oz. Hemp
6 oz. Distilled Water
2.1 oz. lye
Fragrance/Essential Oil .7 oz.

1 pound Hemp/Olive Oil batch

8 oz. Olive
8 oz. Hemp
2.1 oz. Lye
6 oz. Distilled Water
Fragrance/Essential Oil .7 oz.

1 pound Hemp/Coconut/Olive Oil Batch

5 oz. Coconut Oil
5 oz. Hempseed Oil
6 oz. Olive Oil
2.3 oz. lye
6 oz. water
Fragrance/Essential Oil .7 oz.

Now for the fun part!

Suit up in safety goggles, gloves and long sleeves. Add the lye to the water. Stir well taking precautions to not breathe in the fumes. Set the mixture to the side and allow it to cool to approximately 110F. You can put the lye water mixture outside if you are not in a well ventilated area.

Add all the oils together and melt. Allow them to cool to approximately 110F, or within 5 degrees of the lye water.

Add the lye water to the melted oils, carefully. Stir vigorously until trace occurs. Trace looks like a thin pudding. A stick blender will help speed trace along. If you are stirring by hand, this recipe may take up to an hour to trace.

Pour your traced soap mixture into your molds. Pop out after 3 to 5 days and allow to sit for a full 4 to 6 weeks to cure and finish the saponification process.