Pure Olive Oil Soap

in Crafts,Lye Soaping

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I heard the stories about 100% olive oil soap, that it was so gentle and mild, yet “slippery” and “low suds.” I made up a batch and have been very pleased with it. Here’s the deal on the “low suds” issue–it’s true to some extent UNLESS you use one of those scrubby plastic bath puffs. With the puff, it is unbelievably sudsy. Also very sudsy as a shampoo bar. I love it. It’s a little bit of a water discount and it sets up very fast and gets hard as a rock in record time. Don’t wait too long to unmold and slice into bars–8 hours or so is all mine needed, but check your batch and make the call depending on your best judgment.

Olive Oil/Castile Soap

100 oz. olive oil

12.6 oz. lye

30 oz. water

Makes about 24 big, chunky, creamy-white, 4-plus oz. bars. Yum.

Follow safe soapmaking procedures.

This site has excellent instructions on how to make soap.

I added no essential oils to this batch, but a general guide for most essential oils is to add .5 oz. eo’s per pound of soaping oils. For this recipe you would need approximately 3.125 oz. of your favorite essential oil(s).  Round up and use 4 oz. for extra oomph.

I bring mine to a fairly thick trace so I can make some swirls reminiscent of the hot process ones.

Let your soap cure for about 6 weeks for the hardest, mildest bars.



{ 162 comments… read them below or add one }

151 brett June 24, 2013

I waited 6-8 weeks, but the soap is a bit soft to the touch – a consistency similar to Muenster cheese.

152 Heather June 24, 2013

Hello,

I made this recipe about 8 months ago, as well as several other recipes. I love the soap on my skin, especially now that its nice and cured. The problem is when I try to use any of my soaps as a shampoo. I have very thick, fine, strait hair; and I can’t find a soap recipe that doesn’t make my hair seem greasy and heavy. Based on some research I’ve done I’m ready to test out an all coconut oil version. I used to do the baking soda and vinegar but after a while it irritated my scalp. PLEASE HELP!

153 Daisy June 25, 2013

Heather–The coconut oil soaps are known to be drier than others, so that may help you in your situation. Also, have you tried using a very dilute vinegar rinse AFTER you use soap for shampoo? Keep diluting the vinegar until it doesn’t irritate.

154 Daisy June 25, 2013

brett–hm. Never had a problem with this one not getting rock solid. Could it be there are impurities remaining in the oil from the prior processing?

155 Heather June 25, 2013

I think I’m going to give the coconut oil a try. I will say that my hair has never been healthier since I started making this soap, but I don’t like the residue feeling. I still use vinegar; it was the baking soda that irritated my scalp. I had to give up my homemade deodorant for the same reason!

156 Arthur June 25, 2013

Will the soap spoil over time?

How dilute of a vinegar rinse?

Will the 2, together make me smell like a salad?

157 Daisy June 25, 2013

Arthur–I’ve never had soap spoil. It may yellow a bit in color, but it doesn’t seem to effect how well it does its thing. Use about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar per quart of water. Unfortunately, you will not smell like a salad, but if you infuse the vinegar with oregano and garlic, you might smell like pizza. Seriously, though (if we’re going there) the soap smells like soap once it’s saponified, not much of a smell at all, and the vinegar smell goes away once your hair is dry.

158 Euan September 5, 2013

Ive just stumbled across this and must say I’m thrilled. I’m going to try it!
I’ve just stopped using ‘conventional’ shampoo and for the itchy scalp that comes once every other day or so I’ve been advised to use lemon juice diouted in water – its amazing how efficient it is at stopping the itchiness and how much gunk comes out!
I use one whole lemon, squeezed directly into a big bowl of cold or luke warm water and pour over my head (directly over the bowl) and Gently massage through. I don’t think I could ever go back to shampoo now…

159 Michelle Ortner November 27, 2013

Was wondering if a person could do this as a hp soap, with this recipe? Have u ever tried it that way? I love doing hp soap in a crock pot and thought this would be a wonderful soap for my young childrens winter dry skin! Thanks so much!

160 Daisy November 29, 2013

Michelle Ortner–I’ve never done it, but I’m sure it could be adapted for hp. I hesitate to advise you on the particulars since I’m less familiar with hp, but I’m sure you could do it.

161 Colleen March 5, 2014

Hi there. I’m confused. Why is the soap in your photo a creamy white color (also in your description)? Mine is yellow-green, the same color as the olive oil I used. It also smells strongly of olive oil. The recipe doesn’t specify a certain kind to use. I just got finished pouring it..does it change as it hardens? This is my first time making soap with olive oil. My intent was to use this for general household purposes but I’m concerned about the color and smell. Thanks.

162 Daisy March 5, 2014

Colleen–No worries, the color is dependent on the type of olive oil used. Sometimes mine is yellow-green, too. This particular batch turned out white, but that was a less typical result. I like the olive-y soap just as well or even better.

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