This soap is my favorite out of all the kinds I have made! Soap making is so much fun, and I am so glad I started it!
I love lemon, and I wanted to make a lemon scented soap. Lemon is such a clean smell to me! I thought peppermint would go well with it, and it does, plus it makes pretty flecks in the soap!
Homemade Lemon Mint Soap
6 ounces coconut oil
4 ounces grape seed oil
8 ounces pomace olive oil
6 ounces palm kernel oil
4 ounces cocoa butter
4.08 ounces lye
10.64 ounces distilled water
1/4 cup dried peppermint
1/2 ounce lemon fragrance oil (I used this lemon cake fragrance oil – smells just like lemon cake!)
1/2 ounce lemon essential oil
First, combine all the oils/butters in a pan on low heat on the stove to melt. (Coconut oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil, and cocoa butter). Continue stirring over low heat until everything is melted and liquid.
In a heatproof container, add the water. Measure out the lye in a separate container. In a place with good ventilation, slowly add the lye to the water. (I go outside to do this). And always wear protection! I wear goggles, heavy duty gloves, and a mask!
As you add the lye, stir to combine. It will be HOT!
Let both the oils and the water/lye mixture cool down to about 100 – 110 degrees F.
Meanwhile, combine the peppermint, fragrance oil, and essential oils in a small bowl.
When both the oils and water/lye mixture are the same temperature, add the lye into the oil mixture. Using a stick blender, blend until it comes together and looks the consistency of pudding.
I do this on the floor!
This is when it is super important to wear protective gear – all of it!! As you mix the soap, it will change in color and become thicker.
Add in the fragrances. You can use all essential oil if you want, instead of using the fragrance oil. I just like the combination of both! You can use less or more of the lemon oils – adjust to your preference!
Pour into the mold of your choice. I used an old silicone bread pan.
Wrap with towels to insulate the soap, and let it sit 24-48 hours to firm up.
Next, you can cut into bars! Since this soap is cold processed, it will need about 4-6 weeks before you can use it. The lye at this point is still caustic, and will hurt if you start using it to wash your hands!
I sent some of this soap to my mother-in-law as a (late) Christmas present.
She loved it! The rest of it I am saving for us to use, or to give away as presents later!
Check out my other soap recipes on my Herbal Remedies page.
This is being shared with the Homestead Barn Hop and Natural Living Monday..