If you are new to cold process soapmaking, you may like to 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.
- 5.5 oz coconut oil
- 5 oz. shortening
- 3 oz. lard
- 1 oz. cocoa butter
- 1 oz. palm oil
- 1 oz. apricot kernel oil
- 2.5 oz. lye
- 6 oz. water
- 1 tbs. honey
- 1/3 cup blended oatmeal
- 3 apricot kernels, finely grinded
- 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 your oils together and melt. Allow them to cool to approximately 110F, or within 5 degrees of the lye water.
- Add the oatmeal and apricot kernels into the melted oils.
- Add the lye water mixture 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, these recipes 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.
Remember, the lye water mixture is always added to the oil and not vice versa.
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