I have been asked to share a soap recipe and I thought Olive Oil would be a good choice. I love its gentleness and the luxury of a rich lather. One of Life’s Simple Pleasures for me is showering with hot water using a rich bar of soap that pampers!
I have olive oil / goat milk soap and olive oil melt and pour soap bars for sale if interested. I also have goat milk, milk, & honey bars for purchase. These bars do not lather as much, but they nourish the skin and exfoliate and have a “fresh” natural smell.
This is a basic recipe to try your hand at making soap. Let me know what you think!
Quality Olive Oil Soap Recipe
1. 5 cups water. (I use 3 cups goat milk and 2 cups water)
2. 20 cups of olive oil.
3. Carefully measure Lye, not to exceed 18 ounces.
Heat olive oil to at least 100 degrees and set aside. Dissolve lye into water slowly, adding only a tablespoon or so at a time. Stir constantly until dissolved before adding more. When lye is completely dissolved let sit until room temperature. Pour lye mixture to the olive oil a bit at a time and blend with mixer. Mixing times may vary, but olive oil soap generally takes at least 45 minutes to trace. Trace is the point when the soap mixture has thickened so that when you dribble a stream over surface, it sits on the surface briefly before melting into the mixture. This is the time to add scent or color. Mix quickly to incorporate and immediately pour into prepared mold. Leave for 24-36 hours. Cut soap into bars, trim, and cure for a month on wire or plastic mesh to allow for ventilation. Cover with a towel to protect soap bars during the cure. Let cure for 1 month before using.
Uses of Castile Soap
What makes it all the more special is that it is versatile. In fact, it is known as “seafarer’s soap” for this reason. Olive oil soap can be used as shampoo and works well even without conditioner (and is cheaper too!).
Many people insist that the only soap of this kind should be olive oil castile soap. However, other vegetable oils such as coconut, almond, jojoba and hemp can be used as well. Olive oil soap is special and “green” because it is biodegradable, lathers richly, and cleans without stripping the skin. It is safe and extremely gentle on the skin.
Liquid castile soap can be used for general cleaning around the house, for washing clothes and baby diapers, for heavy duty degreasing, for washing the dishes, among many others!
If you choose to add your favorite fragrance or essential oils, add at trace. I suggest testing the additives on skin before using in soap recipes because they may irritate sensitive skin.
How to Make Liquid Castile Soap
The main difference between liquid soap and bar soap is the base or alkali used. Your liquid castile soap recipe will include vegetable oil and potassium hydroxide, and the usual fragrance and essential oils.
Here is a sample recipe you can try. You will need about 16 oz. of sunflower oil (or olive oil, plus 7 oz. of coconut oil), 5.5 oz. of potassium hydroxide, 16 oz. of distilled water for the lye, and 40 oz. water for the soap paste.
The same procedure is used when making ordinary liquid soap. Simply follow the step-by-step method and you will have your natural castile soap ready in no time.