Seriously, who can resist something called MANGO BUTTER? It’s just delightful sounding. Luckily, it is also one of the greatest soap ingredients of all time. It is super moisturizing but doesn’t soften the bar since it is a very hard butter. It is quite expensive as far as soap ingredients go, but a little has a big impact. This recipe pairs it with avocado oil to keep with the tropical theme. I wanted to keep this recipe beginner-friendly so it is mostly palm, coconut, and olive oil. I added my favorite fruity fragrance oil, Mango Mango, because, obviously. This is a great hand soap because it is hard, very cleansing, but not drying at all. If you are interested in soap making this would be a great starting point.
If you have never tried homemade soap before, please see my beginner’s guide to cold process soap making, which will walk you through everything you need to know!
This recipe is definitely suitable for beginning soap makers. The process is the same for any soap, but this one does not have too many oils in it (not that it is hard to measure oil, it’s just that the simpler the better when you are just starting out.). I do have a super simple tutorial for a cleaning soap using only one oil, but this one is WAY more fun.
You will love the finished bar with this recipe.
MANGO BUTTER SOAP RECIPE
- 3.5 ounces mango butter
- 3.5 ounces avocado oil
- 9.625 coconut oil
- 9.625 palm oil
- 8.75 olive oil
- 4.94 ounces of lye
- 9-12 ounces of water
- 3 tablespoons Mango Mango fragrance oil (optional)
- Using a digital scale, weigh your water and lye in separate containers. Add the lye to the water (SNOW FLOATS ON THE LAKE), and stir until dissolved. It will shoot up in temperature. Set your lye water in a safe place, marked as poison.
- Using your digital scale, weigh your oils and butters and put them in a large pot. Melt over low heat until they reach 140 degrees.
- Allow you lye water and oils to cool to 100-120 degrees. They should be within ten degrees of each other.
- Prepare your mold, color, and fragrance before blending. When you are ready, pour your lye water into your oil pot and blend using a stick blender. You are looking for “trace”, which means your ingredients have combined into a soap batter. You will see no visible oil spots, the mixture will appear somewhat opaque, and if you lift your stick blender, a trail of batter will sit on top of the liquid instead of immediately sinking in. When trace is reached, stop blending.
- Mix in any color you would like to add and stir by hand. Add fragrance last as it will cause the soap to set up quickly. Add one tablespoon at a time and stir by hand after each addition.
- Quickly pour into your mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent soda ash, if desired. Place in turned-off oven and allow to cure overnight.
- When soap is finished curing, it will not given off any heat. Unmold, cut into bars, and allow to finishing curing in layers of newspaper, turning occasionally, for three weeks.
Soap Making Supplies:
But I prefer Amazon for tools and molds, and both of the molds below are sturdy and excellent:
If you would like to resize this recipe using a soap calculator, here are the percentages:
- Avocado oil: 10%
- Mango Butter: 10%
- Olive Oil: 25%
- Palm Oil: 27.5%
- Coconut Oil: 27.5%
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