I am in love with this soap. I found the recipe on the Such Treasures website. It is called a castille soap but I understand that it is not a true castille soap which would be 100% olive oil. This is a simple soap containing olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, beeswax, lye and water. It is a harder bar than the I made and has more suds.
I made this soap a couple of weeks ago to test it because a homeschool family wanted me to show them how I make my soap. I poured the soap into a glass 9″ x 13″ cake pan as a mold. The soap popped right out but I did not like the rounded corners and it was hard to figure out how to cut it to get even bars.
Yesterday I had my soap class and filled two bread pans lined with waxed paper. I cut the bars at approx. 1″. I was able to get 10 bars from each pan. They each weighed close to 4 oz.
Here is my cost breakdown for this soap.
- $3.64 for 26 oz. Olive Oil – purchased at Sams
- $14.30 for 26 oz Coconut Oil – purchase at Tropical Traditions
- $2.60 for 1.5 oz bees wax – purchased at Wild Mountain Bees
- $1.11 for 2 oz castor oil – purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
- $3.63 for 8.23 oz Sodium Hydroxide – purchased from The Soap Dish
Each bar cost approximately $1.25. The next time I make this soap I will try the coconut oil from “The Vitamin Shoppe“as it is 1/2 the price. I used it for my hair soap recipe and it worked fine. I will save the more expensive one for cooking.
The three times I have made soap I have done something a little different. This time I melted my oils and then mixed the lye and let cool a little before pouring into the oils. There is so much information out on the internet. Some sites say to make sure that both the oils and lye are the about the same temperature and some say you don’t have to wait. I made sure there was not more than 50 degrees difference.
One thing I had to do this time that I didn’t have to do the first two times was to stir my soap. I looked at several websites that say to stir but several that say you don’t have to. Also this batch seems to be a bit softer than my first batch so will let it harden a bit before using.
I am going to try to make liquid soap from this recipe and will post how that turns out.