Lemon Soap Recipe
A balanced cold process soap recipe with fresh lemon zest for color and shea butter for moisture, this lemon soap recipe is refreshing and beautiful.
Lye | Water Olive Oil | Coconut Oil Shea Butter | Castor Oil Lemon Zest | Sodium Lactate Fragrance Oil (Optional)
Carefully, add the lye to the water, never the other way around.
Stir until the lye flakes, dissolve and then put somewhere safe for it to cool.
Measure out the oils then add them in a pot. Add lemon zest.
Melt over medium low heat until fully melted and about 130-140 degrees. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Both solutions should be 90-100 degrees before proceeding. Put on gloves and googles.
Add the sodium lactate to the cooled lye water.
Pour the lye solution into the melted oils and blend with a stick blender until you reach trace.
Trace is reached when the soap forms a batter and the stick blender leaves a trail when dragged across the top of the pot.
Once trace is reached, add the fragrance and remaining lemon zest and stir in by hand.
Place in a turned off oven or other draft-free place and allow to set for 24 hours.
Immediately pour the soap batter into the mold.
Turn out the loaf of soap and slice into bars. Allow the bars to cure in a well-ventilated space for at least 2 weeks before using.
Since this soap has a high percentage of olive oil, it will last longer if allowed to cure for 4 weeks.