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Making Soap from Diane’s Cupboard

Today, we will start with Diane’s cupboard. She asked me for a moisturizing soap recipe as well as a lotion and lip balm that would use her ingredients in her cupboard. Here are the ingredients in her cupboard.

To begin, I decided that I would tackle the first request for a moisturizing soap. Since most of the oils in Diane’s cupboard are great oils with moisturizing properties, it was easy to formulate a soap to meet Diane’s request. Let’s head off to the blog kitchen and have fun!

Collect needed items:

Wheat Germ Oil
Aloe Extract
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Soap Spoon
Mold of your choice (I will be using a Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915.)
Immersion Blender
Time spent:
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water for each batch: 20 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time for each batch: 2 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture for each batch: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution for each batch: 3 minutes
Pour into mold (total time): 90 seconds approximately 30 seconds for each batch
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours


Recipe in ounces:
2 ounces Wheat Germ Oil
2 ounces Aloe Extract
1 ounce Lanolin
6 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
2.25 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
6 ounces Water
Recipe in grams:
56.7 grams Wheat Germ Oil
56.7 grams Aloe Extract
28.35 grams Lanolin
170.1 grams Coconut Oil
141.75 grams Olive Oil
63.8 grams Sodium Hydroxide
170 milliliters Water
Recipe in Percentages:
12.5% Wheat Germ Oil
12.5% Aloe Extract
6.25% Lanolin
37.5% Coconut Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Weigh fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Combine the scent blend in a beaker and set aside.

Combine the fixed oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. For me, this took almost 90 seconds to reach the thin trace. At this point, you can add any desired fragrances or botanicals to the soap. I poured the soap into the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915. I allowed the soap to sit until was firm.

The next morning the soap was cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

This soap has a dense silky lather and a barely there lanolin scent when being used. After drying my hands, they felt smooth as if I had applied a lotion. The soap is quite firm, but not rock hard either.

I like this soap and I think if you added a clay to the recipe, this would make a fantastic shaving soap. I would recommend using herbal or earthy type scents to work with lanolin scent as I doubt floral, ozone, or food type scents would work as well.


Cut bars of soap.

Weighing the oils.

Adding the lye solution.

Begining to mix the oils and lye solution together.

Mixing the raw soap.

Filling the mold with raw soap.

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