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Easy Homemade Coconut Oil Soap

| 11/14/2019 2:00:00 PM

I was going to make Shea Butter Soap this week but then I realized I didn’t have the castor oil additive so I changed plans and made 100% Coconut Oil Soap. This is also very easy but a little bit different in one way so let me tell you how it went.

First, here’s the recipe and instructions.

coconut soap

Pure Coconut Oil Soap Recipe


  • 248 g (8.75 oz) distilled water
  • 116 g (4.10 oz) sodium hydroxide (lye)
  • 794 g (28 oz) coconut oil



  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Face and/or eye protectors (a weed wacker mask is awesome because I can wear my glasses with it)
  • Rubber gloves (regular dishwashing gloves work fine)
  • Immersion blender (you can blend by hand and there’s more control over splashing but it takes longer)
  • Stainless steel pot (I use a 3 qt with high sides and a pour spout)
  • Silicone molds that make 12-1”x 2”x 3” bars
  • Wax paper
  • Soft lightweight cloth
  • 2 Measuring cups (plastic is fine)
  • Candy thermometer
  • Digital scale (important: I wouldn’t try making soap without it. In the old days of guess-and-gosh sometimes soap would have too much lye in it and was very hard on skin!)

Using the digital scale measure out your distilled water and pour it into your high sided stainless-steel pot. I use gram measurement because I feel it is most accurate. Now, using the same digital scale, measure out your lye. I use dedicated plastic measuring cups for these 2 items. It just makes it easier to keep the equipment separate from my cooking utensils. The high sided stainless-steel pot is also dedicated. The pouring spout makes it easier to decant the finished soap into the molds.

Put on your rubber gloves, long sleeved shirt and eye/face protection. Stir the lye into the water with a stainless-steel spoon. Be careful not to splash. Just stir quietly. You’ll notice that the lye kind of hardens or crystallizes. Just break and stir. It’s not that hard and it will break up and dissolve. Then it will heat up. Set your candy thermometer to touch the liquid and set the pot aside. It will heat up to about 150 degrees. Set it aside some place safe while you get the oil ready.

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