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Single Oil Soap - Olive Oil

I wanted to continue our learning adventure with the single oil soaps. I was really enjoying what I was learning and I wanted to know more. I decided to try Olive Oil today. I have seen and heard of Olive Oil Soap before, but I have never made it and it has been a really long time since I have tested a bar. I wanted to know more. Come join me in the kitchen as we make an Olive Oil Soap!

I didn’t have any problems when mixing this soap. It went smoothly with no accelerated trace. When I went to cut my soap after 24 hours, it was still very soft. I talked to one of the gals on the Tech Support Team and she told me that my temperatures were not hot enough. My olive oil was about 120° F. As my temperatures were fairly low, I will have to wait 6 to 8 weeks to allow the soap to cure! Big note to self: When making Olive Oil Soap, have higher temperatures.

When I went to the sink to test this soap it was really creamy. There were occasional bubbles but not anything I would classify as lather. Part of this is due to the slow saponification of the olive oil. I think a soap with 12 oz of Olive Oil and 4 oz of either Palm Kernel Oil or Coconut Oil would be really nice. This way you get the dense lather from the olive oil and the big volume lather from the Palm Kernel Oil or the Coconut Oil. What do you think? Should we try a soap like that?

Needed Materials

Olive Oil
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender


Recipe in Grams
454 grams Olive Oil
58 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Olive Oil
2.04 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Olive Oil
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Olive Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!


Attempting to cut soap

Olive Oil

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding the Lye Solution to the Olive Oil

Mixing the Lye and Olive Oil

Mixing Soap

Pouring Soap into Mold

Soap in the mold

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