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Cold Process Recipes


Many thanks to my good friend Irene Linauer for supplying these recipes. Irene has worked with cold-process soap for many years. She is what I call the CP "soaping guru" and has been kind enough to share some of her expertise with Mold Market.

We occasionally get emails from customers who are experiencing release problems using plastic molds. In most every case, it's the cold process soap recipe, not the mold that is causing the problem. Irene has used Mold Market molds extensively for cold process soap and finds that adjusting a recipe can make all the difference in how easy the soap releases from the mold. Below are several cold process recipes that work well with Mold Market molds.

The following information is to be used along with the recipes.

  1. Weigh all yours oils on a scale, using a glass tempered measuring cup or a stainless steel pot and try to be accurate on each weight.
  2. Melt the oils in your microwave or stove top slowly till all the oils are melted.
  3. Weigh your distilled water into a heat tempered glass measuring cup and add the borax and mix well.
  4. Now weigh your lye and carefully add it to your distilled water, mixing as you add it slowly. Cover the lye water with a stretch wrap and put it someplace safe to cool down.
  5. Once your oils and lye water have cooled down to 110 F degrees, slowly pour the lye water into the oils, using a stick blender at the lowest speed. Mix till the oils and lye water do not separate anymore which can take a few minutes of mixing.
  6. Now you can mix in your colorants into the traced soap and then your fragrance or essential oil, mix it in well and then pour it into your molds. Place the "molds" in a safe large plastic container, put a lid on it and then cover it with a blanket for 24 hours.

Recipe for 40 Ounces of Oil

  • 17 ounces Olive Oil
  • 16 ounces Coconut Oil
  • 5 ounces Palm Oil
  • 1 ounce Cocoa Butter
  • 1 ounce Shea Butter
  • 12 ounces distilled water and 2 tsp. borax
  • 169 grams of lye

 

Recipe for 35 Ounces of Oil

  • 13 ounces Olive Oil
  • 14 ounces Coconut Oil
  • 5 ounces Palm Oil
  • 1 ounce Castor Oil
  • 1 ounce Cocoa Butter
  • 1 ounce Shea Butter
  • 10 ounces distilled water and 2 tsp. borax
  • 148 grams of lye 

Recipe #1 for 29 Ounces of Oil

  • 12 ounces of Olive Oil
  • 11 ounces of Coconut Oil
  • 4 ounces Palm Oil
  • 1 ounce Cocoa Butter
  • 1 ounce Shea Butter
  • 8 ounce distilled water and 1 tsp. Borax
  • 122 grams of lye

This recipe will yield 8 to 9 bars of soap.

 

Recipe #2 for 29 Ounces of Oil

  • 12 ounces of Olive Oil
  • 11 ounces of Coconut Oil
  • 6 ounces Palm Oil
  • 8 ounce distilled water and 1 tsp. Borax
  • 121 grams of lye

This recipe will yield 8 to 9 bars of soap.

Recipe for Use with our Square Loaf Mold

 
  • 13 oz Olive Oil
  • 1 oz Castor Oil
  • 14 oz Coconut Oil
  • 5 oz Palm Oil
  • 1 oz Cocoa butter
  • 1 oz Shea Butter
  • 10 oz water and two tsp of borax
  • 148 grams of Sodium Hydroxide (lye) - lye has been deducted at 4%
  • You can add 1.6 oz of fragrance oil at trace

View the square loaf mold.

 

   
 
 
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