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Mountain Man Bar

When I was in school, growing up here in Cache Valley, we would always cover some part of the valley’s history. Some of the stories I have not been able to forget. Ask any local here the story of Old Ephraim and you will be sat down to hear this incredible tale. Our valley was named because of all of the caches created by trappers to hold their furs. We have many stories of the trappers and traders that came here. We even have a heritage center that gives demonstrations of the early life here and many local canyons host rendezvous in the summer. I wanted to make a soap was a reminder to our history and in its own way, told the stories of the mountain men. Come join me in the kitchen for this mountain man bar.

I wanted a soap that smelled natural. I wanted the scent of moss, fir, pines and other forestry scents. This soap makes me think of sitting under a pine tree not too long after it has rained, when all of the scents of the forest are sharp and fresh. It makes me want to pull out my sketch book and colored pencils, hike up a trail in one of our local canyons and draw the flora and fauna that I discover. This is truly the perfect bar for anyone who spends a great amount of time in the great outdoors. It smell fresh, natural and earthy. It is beautiful outdoors scent that carries all kinds of memories. Try it today!

Collect Needed Materials:

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Neem Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Siberian Fir Essential Oil
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Recipe in Ounces
18 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
15 ounces Coconut Oil
15 ounces Olive Oil
2 ounces Neem Oil
18 ounces Water
7 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
.5 ounces Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
.25 ounces Juniper Berry Essential Oil
.25 ounces Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
510 grams Hydrogenated Soy
425 grams Coconut Oil
425 grams Olive Oil
56 grams Neem Oil
510 grams Water
198 grams Sodium Hydroxide
14 grams Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
7 grams Juniper Berry Essential Oil
7 grams Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
35% Hydrogenated Soy
29% Coconut Oil
29% Olive Oil
4% Neem Oil
35% Water
14% Sodium Hydroxide
1% Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
.5% Juniper Berry Essential Oil
.5% Siberian Fir Essential Oil

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the essential oils and mix well. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

Finished Soap

Melted Oils

Lye Solution

Essential Oils

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Mixing Soap

Adding Essential Oils

Stirring in Essential Oils

Pouring Soap into Mold

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