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Renee's Shaving Soap

Renee emailed in not that long ago asking for some help formulating a shaving soap. Clays are very common in shaving soaps because they create a barrier that protects the skin from razor burn. I also wanted to create a soap with lots of lather. Come join us in the kitchen while we make Renee’s Shaving Soap!Renee has the following oils in her cupboard. Coconut Oil,Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Kaolin Clay, French Green Clay, and Bentonite Clay. I wanted to keep things simple so I only used a few of the items she has available. You can substitute any of the clays and add fragrance of your choice. I choose to leave this batch unscented. What scent would you like to see in a shaving soap?

Needed Materials

Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Castor Oil
Olive Oil
Bentonite Clay
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender


Recipe in Grams
170 grams Palm Kernel Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
57 grams Castor Oil
85 grams Olive Oil
69 grams Lye
170 grams Water
2 tsp Bentonite Clay
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Castor Oil
3 oz Olive Oil
2.44 oz Lye
6 oz Water
2 tsp Bentonite Clay
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
12.5% Castor Oil
19% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Bentonite Clay

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the Bentonite Clay 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!

This soap lathered up really well. It’s lather had a lot of volume. It wasn’t tacky under water like soaps with lanolin can be. It was smooth with easy glide. Too bad I don’t have a razor at work I can test it with! I tested this soap before it had much time to cure. Do to that fact, it was very soft. I still enjoyed using it and I can’t wait for it to cure!


Finished Soap

Weighing Oils

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution to liquid oils

Mixing Oils and Lye Solution

Adding Clay

Soap in Mold

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