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.