On the internet you can get hundreds of soap recipes with a few clicks, but sometimes a simple, foolproof soap recipe for beginners can be hard to find.
For the seasoned soap-makers, all the lingo like CP, HP and lye calculators make a lot of sense. But if you are just getting started, maybe you haven’t even gotten that far yet.
You just want to whip up a batch of soap that’s relatively easy for a person who hasn’t done it before. After all, everybody has to make that first batch sometime. There are several websites that give good soap-making information, but for newbies it often feels like they’re jumping the gun a bit.
If you’ve been having a little bit of trouble tracking down some idiot-proof information for first-timers, let me just say something really important:
Working with lye can be very dangerous! You should read a lot and get yourself acquainted with all the steps before you attempt your first batch. If you choose hot process or cold-process method, it’s highly recommended that you read list of safety issues when making soap and these tips.
A basic soap recipe for beginners should contain no fragrance or color additives. For your first batch, stick with one that has no more than 3 or 4 oils, lye and water.
Basic Soap Recipe For Beginners
Castor oil 1 oz
Coconut oil 6 oz
Olive oil 26 oz
Water 10 oz
Lye 4.4 oz
This is a great soap recipe for beginners because it will harden relatively fast and have good lather right off.
Wait, Have You Tried Melt And Pour?
Now, there’s an even simpler approach to soap making, if don’t feel comfortable enough to be working with lye just yet. You can try a simple Melt & Pour recipe.
You won’t learn much about the other processes by doing an MP recipe, because it’s sort of comparing apples and oranges. But MP recipes are much easier (and safer) to do and they will give that sense of accomplishment you need to get started. You can read a very basic soap recipe for beginners right here.