Ingredients Needed for Making Olive Oil Soap:
3 1/4 cups of olive oil;
1 1/10 cups of coconut oil;
A heaping tablespoon of beeswax.
2/3 cup of caustic soda;
1 1/3 cups of water
1/3 to ½ teaspoon of essential oil.
Wooden Spoon for stirring Olive Oil Soap
Plastic Gloves for making olive oil soap
Clay, plastic, or stainless steel pot for mixing the olive oil soap (Note: never use aluminum or tin pots for mixing the olive oil soap, as chemical fumes may occur)
Directions for Making Olive Oil Soap:
When making olive oil soap, it’s best to start in the kitchen when making any soap so is to have all of the ingredients handy for making olive oil soap. Put on Plastic Gloves first before making olive oil soap. This is to protect your hands during the olive oil soap making process as caustic soda is dangerous if coming into contact with the skin.
Separate the caustic soda and water into two separate bowls. Put the water in a bowl that is heat resistant – ideally plastic or stainless steel. Pour the caustic soda, little by little, gently into the water, covering the water after their initial heat reaction and allowing it to cool for several minutes.
In a separate metal pot melt the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax on medium heat until the mixture is slightly melted but not completely. Do not allow this olive oil soap base mixture to boil.
While the mixture of olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax is melting measure the temperature mixture of the water and caustic soda again. After the water and caustic soda mixture has cooled to 113°F, it is safe to begin mixing the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax based soap mixture into the caustic soda and water mixture. Stir together using either a hand blender or automatic mixer on low speed for several minutes.
The last step to making olive oil soap is to add the essential oil, which is what gives the the olive oil soap mixture its nice smell. When the olive oil soap mix has cooled a bit but not completely, and looks semi hard the last step is to quickly beat the essential oil into the soap mixture before allowing it to cool.
Pour the olive oil soap mixture into a square container or if you prefer more fancy soap, you can purchase individual soap molds to shape olive oil soap to your liking. Allow the olive oil soap to harden there for the next two days, after which it is safe to handle the olive soap without gloves. Remove the soap cutting it into whatever shape you would like, but before using the soap allow the finished olive oil soap to air dry for a month for safe usage.