You can make an easy crock pot soap using all natural ingredients. Once you have made this easy crock pot soap, you will never buy big brand soap again. The soap you buy in stores lacks one thing that has fantastic nourishing properties, natural glycerin. Big body and skin care corporations strip soap of its natural glycerine because they can get more money selling glycerin separately.
This recipe makes crock pot soap that retains its natural glycerin. This easy crock pot soap doesn’t dry your skin like the store-bought soap does. Also, the soap you buy in stores is often made with artificial fragrance and synthetic additives. You control what ingredients to use when making your own soap. If you follow this simple and easy crock pot soap recipe, your soap will have only all natural ingredients. So, are you ready to make some easy crock pot soap?? You’d be glad you did!
Soap Making Basics
How is soap created exactly? Soap forms when you mix fat with lye. No lye, no soap. Yes, that means to make this easy crock pot soap from scratch, you have to use lye. I know, I know, when we hear “lye,” we think “Danger! Danger!” It’s true, gangsters have used lye to dispose bodies that they don’t want the cops to find. Some psychotic crazies have used lye to permanently disfigure people. Counterfeiters have used lye to remove the ink on $1 bills and print a higher denomination (like $100 bills) on the same fabric. Many people have used lye to do bad things, but as I explain below, if you take the proper precautions, you can safely make this easy crock pot soap, using lye, and your soap will be far better for your skin than most store-bought soap.
What is lye and what precautions should you take when using lye? Lye, also known as sodium hydroxide, is a caustic material that can seriously damage any organic matters, including us, humans. Precautions must be taken when working with lye. Articles like these from Soap Queen and Soap Recipe 101 explain what you should do when working with lye. You should definitely read them if you are a first time or novice soaper.
Among other precautions, when making soap (and working with lye), 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. Also, it’s never a good idea to make soap when children or pets are around. I make this easy crock pot soap, and other soap bars, when my little one is taking her long afternoon nap or asleep for the night.
If you take the necessary precautions, you can make this easy crock pot soap that you’d proud to use on you and your loved ones. For many people, once they’ve learned how to make crock pot soap, they become a soaper for life. I am one of those people! I enjoy formulating new soap recipes. The possibilities are endless. My little girl gets very excited when we have a new batch of soap ready for use at home. She enjoys sniffing, touching, and trying out new soap.
I can’t believe I subjected myself and my family to store-bought soap for as long as I did. Never again. Ok, so, ready . . . set . . . let’s make this easy crock pot soap!! This is a super simple and easy crock pot soap recipe. It only uses 2 oil: olive oil and coconut oil. This is a hot process soap, aka, crock pot soap. This means you will only need a few days, not 4 to 6 weeks, to dry (cure) the soap. Unlike soap made using the cold process or cold process oven process (CPOP) method, you can enjoy or gift your easy crock pot soap a few days after its creation. I use this recipe to make crock pot soap for our bathrooms and kitchen. My little one loves to use “Mama soap,” as she calls it.
Easy Crock Pot Soap Using Olive Oil & Coconut Oil
Prep Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (including about 45 minutes of cooking time)
Yields: 20 oz of soap, about 4 to 5 bars
Curing/Drying Period: 3 to 4 days
Equipment Need to Make Easy Crock Pot Soap
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- a crock pot
- glass measuring cups
- a digital scale
- silicone spatulas
- a stick blender
- cute soap molds, or a loaf soap mold
- a soap cutter, if you use a loaf soap mold
You should separate your soap making equipment from your food preparation equipment. I bought many of my soap making equipment, including my crock pot, from a thrift store for very little money.
Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Crock Pot Soap
- Olive Oil – 13.5 oz (I use Trader Joe’s Imported Olive Oil. You can also try Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or Trader Joe’s Tunisian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.)
- Coconut Oil – 4 oz (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. You can also try other brands of coconut oil. Organic virgin unrefined coconut oil is the best kind of coconut oil for your skin.)
- Beeswax (cosmetic grade) – 1 oz (Beeswax Organic Pastilles)
- Lye – 2.4 oz (Food Grade Sodium Hydroxide Lye)
- Distilled Water – 6 oz (get it at your neighborhood supermarket)
Instructions on Making Easy Crock Pot Soap
(1) Put on your protective gear: goggles, gloves, long-sleeve clothes and shoes. Cover your work area. If you haven’t already, please read Soap Queen and Soap Recipe 101 for the necessary safety precautions.
(2) In a well ventilated area, make lye solution by adding lye to distilled water (NEVER add water to lye). Make sure you don’t inhale the fume that the lye solution initially releases. That fume is toxic. Also, the temperature of the lye solution gets very hot. I use a glass (not plastic) measuring cup to make lye solution.
(3) Use a large silicone spatula (nothing made of aluminum) to mix lye and water, dissolving all lye crystals in the water. Set the Lye Solution aside for 10 to 15 minutes, until the solution turns from cloudy to clear.
(4) Place Olive Oil and Coconut Oil in a crock pot. Turn crock pot on to low heat to melt and warm up the oil.
(5) When all the Oil becomes liquid, slowly add Lye Solution into the Oil.
(6) Hand mix Lye Solution with Oil using a large silicone spatula for a few minutes. I used wooden and bamboo utensils to mix in the past, but they did not last because of Lye’s caustic property.
(7) After about 2-3 minutes, continue to mix with a stick blender. As you use a stick blender, you will see the Lye and Oil getting thicker in consistency and lighter in color.
(8) When Lye and Oil reaches light trace (pudding consistency), then add melted beeswax. I melt beeswax using a double boiler. Here’s how you create your own double boiler.
(9) Use the stick blender to mix the melted beeswax and the Lye-Oil Mixture. When the consistency becomes similar to the consistency of mashed potato, cover the crockpot with a lid.
After being cooked in a crock pot in low heat for about 40 minutes, the easy crock pot soap mixture will have a consistency similar to petroleum jelly.
(10) Mix 1/2 cup of distilled water into the cooked mixture. Mix the water into the mixture well. This will make it easier to pour the mixture into your molds.
(11) Pour mixture into molds. I like silicone molds because they are nonstick. After 24 hours in the molds, the soap mixture will harden and you can remove the soap from the molds.
(12) Let the easy crock pot soap dry (cure) for about 3-4 days before use. The longer you allow the soap to dry, the harder and longer lasting the soap will become.
That’s it. This super simple and easy crock pot soap recipe makes a very mild soap. It has all natural ingredients. It is so easy to make, why would you ever buy soap again? Yes, the thought of working with lye is scary, but when all necessary precautions are taken, many, many people have successfully and safely made soap in their home. In fact, the tradition of soap making at home has been around for a long time. According to Soap History, archaeological evidence showed that soap making has been around since 2800 BC! So what are you waiting for? Give this easy crock pot soap recipe a try, and make some awesome, all natural soap! Be warned, this recipe might turn you into a soaper for life! I’d love to hear about your creations, and answer any questions you might have. Let soap making begin!
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