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Hot Process Tallow Soap Recipe with Citrus Oil

I’ve been promising this recipe for awhile! Well, here it is! Basically, all I’ve done is taken my usual recipe and swapped out the palm oil for the tallow I rendered and adjusted the lye. As you will have noticed if you’ve browsed my blog at all, almost all my soap recipes feature citrus oils. That’s because those oils are fabulous for cutting grease and grime. I rarely make a soap without at least one of them!

I planned to take a picture, but of course my camera battery decided to die. This picture is from my lemon hot process, but I promise you it looks identical. I hope you enjoy it!

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You must use caution when working with lye. Wear goggles and long gloves, don’t breath in the fumes, and make absolutely sure there are no children or pets in your work area. If you’ve never made cold process soap before, please read up on it before attempting this or any project. 

Hot Process Tallow Soap with Citrus Oil

9 oz coconut oil

8 oz olive oil

7 oz deer tallow

1 oz castor oil

3.58 sodium hydroxide (lye)

8.25 oz water

1.2 oz citrus essential oil – I used orange

2 pound mold or individual molds

Stick Blender

Crock Pot

Safety Gear–Goggles & Gloves

Though this recipe has been calculated carefully, it’s always a good idea to double check any recipe with a lye calculator. 

To Make the Soap:

1. Heat the oils and tallow in the crock pot until melted. Turn off the crock pot.

2. In a heat safe bowl (not aluminum), carefully sprinkle your lye into your chilled tea. Do this in a well ventilated area, and be very careful not to breath in the fumes. Stir the mixture until it is clear, and then set it in a safe place to cool.

3. Very carefully add your cooled lye mixture to your oils, and blend with a stick blender until it reaches light trace. This will look like thin pudding.

4. Turn the crock pot to low, and then cover with the lid. In fifteen minutes, stir the soap. It should be starting to thicken up.

5. In another 10-15 minutes stir the soap again.  Continue to stir and wait until the soap is the texture of mashed potatoes. It will be somewhat translucent and waxy.

6. At this point it’s a good idea to test the soap’s ph. If the soap is finished (below a 10) then transfer it to a heat safe bowl to cool for a few minutes. You don’t want to wait too long, just a few minutes so it isn’t quite as hot when you add the essential oil.

7. After a few minutes, stir in the essential oil, and then transfer the soap to your mold. Press it down firmly with your fingers (since the soap is still hot, I keep my gloves on the entire time). Wait 24 hours, or until set, and then cut your bars.

The soap is ready right away, but the longer you let them cure, the harder they will be–and the longer they will last.

Enjoy!

Easy Orange Cold Process Soap Recipe

My friend, Brittany, is quite awesome. She’s my soap-making buddy, and though we each make soap on our own, I think its more fun to make soap together!

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We got together about a month ago to make an easy batch with another friend of ours, and we ended up with this lovely, luscious, cold process soap that just makes me so happy I had to share it with you all.

We started with the basic formula from www.soapqueen.com, and then we tweaked it a bit, checking our recipe with Brambleberry’s lye calculator. This is a pretty nifty tool, by the way.

Make sure you have your safety gear!
Make sure you have your safety gear!

So here’s what you need for a 2 lb batch:

7.5 oz coconut oil

7.5 oz palm oil

7.5 oz olive oil

2.5 oz avocado oil

3.5 oz sodium hydroxide (lye)

8.25 oz prepared calendula tea (room temperature) – you can also use water

1.5 oz orange essential oil

2 tsp paprika

2 lb loaf mold (or whatever mold you would like)

Stick Blender

Safety Gear – Gloves & Goggles

Orange Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Paprika is a natural way to give your soap a great, earthy orange color!
Paprika is a natural way to give your soap a great, earthy orange color!

If you have never made cold process soap before, I suggest you watch this quick video on lye safety.

To make your soap:

1. Line your molds with freezer paper (you don’t need to do this if you’re using silicone)

2. Put on your gloves and goggles.

3. In a heat safe bowl (not aluminum), carefully sprinkle your lye into your cooled calendula tea. Do this in a well ventilated area, and be very careful not to breath in the fumes. Stir the mixture until it is clear, and then set it in a safe place to cool.

4. In a separate, large, non-aluminum bowl, melt the coconut and palm oil to combine them. Stir in the olive and avocado oil.

5. Very carefully add your cooled lye mixture to your oils, and blend with a stick blender until it reaches light trace. This will look like thin pudding.

6. Sprinkle the paprika over your soap, and then blend well. Once your paprika is blended in, add your orange essential oil and blend again.

7. Carefully pour into your mold.

8. Wait 24 hours, and then you may slice your soap.

9. Set your soap in a well ventilated area and cure for 4 – 6 weeks, turning your soap every so often to ensure even drying.

Enjoy!

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