You can make your very own Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap following this easy simple recipe. All natural Olive Oil Soap, also known as Castile Soap, is well known for its ability to smooth and add elasticity to your skin. You can read all about its benefits on LiveStrong.com. Olive oil soap cleans your skin without stripping your skin of its natural and nourishing oil. Olive oil soap is gentle. Many people with sensitive skin have used it with no allergic reaction. The amazing goodness of olive oil soap comes from its main ingredient, olive oil, which has been considered a skin softening miracle oil since ancient times.
You can make your own Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap that packs all the skin nourishing benefits that the olive soap you buy in a store might have. Your own Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap is actually better than the store-bought soap, because its ingredients are all natural, with no artificial fragrance or synthetic materials.
Why Make Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap
All natural olive oil soap can cost a small fortune. Check out the price for 3 Kiss My Face Naked Pure Olive Oil Soap Bars. You can make your own Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap for a fraction of that price. If you make your own soap, you can also control the ingredients, the scent and the texture of your soap.
There are a few ways you can make soap. You can make it through the cold process method, the cold process oven process (CPOP) method, or the hot process (also known as crock pot) method. No matter which method you use, all soap making involves mixing oil and lye. This process is called saponification. The following is a simple and easy recipe that makes olive oil soap. The recipe uses the hot process method. This means that when making the Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap, you cook the soap in a crock pot to quicken the soap making process. You can also make olive oil soap using the cold process or CPOP method, but your soap will take a much longer time to dry or cure. The cold process method doesn’t quicken the soap making process as the hot process or crock pot method does.
I have used all three methods to make soap. My favorite is the hot process (crock pot) method. I like it because I can use the soap soon after making it. Olive oil crock pot soap can be used within 2 week after you make it. But if I use the cold process or CPOP method, I would need to wait at least 3-4 weeks. Like all soap made using the hot process method, the Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap has a rustic look. It has a more marbleized appearance, with varying color shades, as compared to soap made using the cold process or CPOP method. Some people find that it is difficult to mold hot process soap. But if you follow my instruction below for the Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap, you should not have any problem getting your cooked soap into your favorite soap mold. I never did.
Homemade Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap that Uses All Natural Ingredients
Prep Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (includes 1 hour cooking time)
Yields: 35 oz of Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap
Please take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye, also known as sodium hydroxide. Lye is a caustic material that can cause serious damages to us. Among other precautions, you should wear goggles to protect your eyes, chemical-resistant gloves to protect your hands, long-sleeve shirt and pants to protect your body, closed-toe shoes to protect your feet. Be sure to have sufficient amount of vinegar near to neutralize any possible lye solution spills. You shouldn’t make soap when there are children or pets around. Articles like these from Soap Queen and Soap Recipe 101 explain in more detail what you should do when working with lye.
But please don’t let these safety precautions prevent you from trying to make soap. I have successfully made countless batches of soap and have yet to have any problems. If you follow safety precautions, you too should not have any issues while handcrafting your very own all natural soap.
Ingredients for Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap
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- Olive Oil – 30 oz. I use Trader Joe’s Imported Olive Oil, which sells for $5.99 at Trader Joe’s. You can also use Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, La Tourangelle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or any other brands of olive oil.
- Beeswax (cosmetic grade) – 1.5 oz. Beeswax Organic Pastilles is a good option.
- Lye – 3.8 oz. I use Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide Lye.
- Distilled Water to Make Lye Solution – 10 oz. I get mine at my local supermarket for around $1.
- Distilled Water to add to soap before molding – 2 oz.
- (Optional) Lavender Essential Oil – 2 teaspoons. I use NOW Foods Lavender Essential Oil.
- (Optional) Cedarwood Essential Oil – 1 teaspoon. I use NOW Foods Cedarwood Essential Oil.
- (Optional) Dried Lavender Buds – 1 tablespoon. I got Arch Farms Lavender at Target for $3.99. You can also try Feel Good Organics Dried Lavender, or TMT Lavender Flowers.
Instructions for Making Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap
1. In a well ventilated place, create Lye Solution. Adding lye to distilled water (never add distilled water to lye). I use glass measuring cups because the solution heats up quite a bit. Don’t breathe in the fumes that the solution initially releases. They are toxic.
2. Stir the Lye Solution with a silicone whisk or spatula. The Lye Solution will be cloudy at first. After about 10 minutes, it will turn clear, when all the lye crystals are dissolved. When it’s clear, it’s ready to be added to the oil.
5. Mix Lye Solution and Olive Oil until it reaches light trace (pudding consistency). It took me about 10 minutes.
6. Add melted beeswax. It took me about 10 minutes to melt beeswax. I placed the beeswax in a glass jar, then put the glass jar in a pot that has about 2 inches of water. When I heat up the water on the stove, the water melted the beeswax. It took me about 10 minutes to melt the beeswax. It’s a good idea to start melting your beeswax when you begin using the stick blender to mix Lye Solution with the Olive Oil (step 4).
8. When beeswax is completely incorporated into the Lye Solution and Olive Oil. Cover the mixture and cook it at low heat for 30 minutes. Check the mixture every 10 minutes, because depending on how hot your crock pot gets, the cooking time might be different.
This is what my mixture looked like after 30 minutes of cooking. The soap closest to the edge of the crock pot is cooked. The soap in the middle is not cooked.
9. Mix the cooked and uncooked soap using a silicone spatula. The darker color soap is the cooked soap. The lighter color soap is the uncooked soap.
10. Continue to cook the soap until all of it turns into a dark color, with a consistency of jelly. It took me an additional 20 minutes.
11. Add 2 oz of distilled water to the completely cooked Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap mixture. Mix water into the soap well. This will make it much easier to put the soap into your mold.
12. (Optional) You can add essential oil and dried lavender buds. I did with this batch of soap to give it a natural scent and a bit of texture. But it’s optional and completely up to you. That’s the beauty of making your own Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap, you can customize it to your unique liking.
13. Mold your soap. I use a silicon spoon to scoop the mixture into my silicone mold. It’s tough to pour it into the mold because the soap mixture is pretty thick. Once I have scooped the mixture into my mold, I lift the mold up to about 1.5 feet and let it drop onto the kitchen counter. This helps to get the air bubbles out of the mixture. I do this a few times. It can get a bit loud when your mold filled with soap hits the counter. I use silicone mold which does not damage my kitchen counter. If you use a wooden or hard mold, I wouldn’t suggest dropping it onto your kitchen counter. Maybe drop it outside in the yard (or the garage or on the driveway) instead.
14. Let your Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap remain in the mold for 1 day if you use a small mold, or 2-3 days if you use a larger loaf mold. After you take your soap out of the mold, allow it to dry (cure) for about 2 weeks before use. Because you use 95% Olive Oil (and 5% beeswax) to make this Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap, it takes longer than most crock pot soap to dry. You can wait longer than 2 weeks before use. The longer you wait, the harder and more long-lasting the soap gets.
That’s it! Pretty simple, right? I know there’s a bit of upfront investment when you first begin making soap. You have to get some equipment, including a crock pot, a digital scale, a stick blender, measuring cups, silicone mixing utensils, and molds. You can get them for very little money from goodwill or thrift stores or eBay. That’s what I did. Also, once you have invested in these items, you can make countless batches of soap for very little money.
So, give this easy Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap recipe a try, and customize it with your very own essential oil scent. If you like this easy homemade Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap recipe be sure to share it or pin it! I would love to hear all about your creations.
Here is a picture a reader sent in of her very own Olive Oil Crock Pot Soap. Keep those pictures coming please!