The best homemade soap recipe

I do make soap for my family.  I will not get into as much detail about soap making as I do about making lotion but I am happy to share my favorite original soap recipes. If you’re a newbie soap maker, this is a good recipe for you because it comes to trace quickly and easily, the ingredients are pretty easy to access, and it is not very complex.

Some goods things about this soap:

  1. it is not drying.
  2. it is easy to make, i.e. trace comes quickly
  3. it does not have any exotic ingredients.
  4. it is easy to cut.
  5. It sets up within 12 hours.
  6. pH is safe for use within 2 days

Some disadvantages to this soap:

  1. It does not have a fluffy, plentiful lather. But that’s why it isn’t drying so this is a bit of a double edged sword. The lather is medium on this soap.
  2. I would like this soap a little harder without sacrificing the moisturizing qualities. It takes about 10 or 11 days for the four of us to go through a bar.  I would like to extend that to 2 weeks, which I think I can do in future batches. If I do, I will update this post.

So yeah, this is my go-to soap recipe.  I experiment with other recipes and I invent my own recipes for specific things, but as far as an all-purpose soap goes, I haven’t found one that beats this.  Okay, enough yapping.  Here’s the recipe:


  • 400 grams coconut oil
  • 100 grams shea butter
  • 160 grams apricot kernel oil
  • 115 grams sodium hydroxide (lye)
  • 248 grams distilled water

If you’re not sure what the hell to do with these ingredients, allow me to redirect you here for starters.  I strongly suggest you read a book about the topic or take a class before even purchasing soapmaking ingredients.  Next time I do a soap post, I will post some photos or maybe a pictorial.

Let me say that sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as lye, is a very caustic and possibly dangerous substance.  So again, let me stress that if you have never made soap, please do not attempt this recipe without educating yourself first.  This post is a reference for people who know how to make soap already or have at least read about it.  I’m not saying that making soap will kill you; it’s about as dangerous as frying chicken.  But without the necessary skills, frying chicken can be quite hazardous!  Okay, good.  Glad we got that out of the way.

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