Low Cost Natural Soap Recipes
These are perfectly good natural soap recipes. I will try and give a variety to cover different oils as price and availability vary according to location.
They wont be so bubbly as other recipes but still very good for your skin and superior to what you would buy at your local supermarket.
Tallow and Olive Soap
640gm Beef Tallow (if you can get this free)
160gm Olive Oil
107gm Lye (Sodium Hydroxide - Caustic Soda)
There is nothing wrong with beef tallow, it doesn't smell and is excellent for your skin. The only reason not to use it is if its against your religion. It is not an inferior oil to use.
Lard and Coconut Soap
704gm Pig Lard
96gm Coconut oil
111gm Lye (Sodium Hydroxide - Caustic Soda)
Single Oil Soaps
These could be very cheap depending where you live and availability of oils.
800gm Coconut oil
117gm Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) 20% Super Fat (needed for conditioning on skin)
This is an excellent soap. It cleans really well and bubbles like nothing else. Very good shampoo soap, shaving soap and just a nice soap.
800gm Pig Lard
108gm Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) 4% Super Fat
This will be a very mild soap, with few bubbles but creamy.
800gm Beef Tallow
107 gm Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) 6% Super Fat
This is an all round good soap. Moderate cleaning and bubbles but gentle and creamy. The super fat is increased a little to compensate for the just under recommended conditioning level.
You can use Olive Oil as a single oil soap but I don't know where it would be exceptionally cheap. Also it takes a long time to blend and a very long time to dry and harden.
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While the charted "resulting characteristics" of the oils in soap is accurate, there is a little bit more to it and you can work with some characteristics outside of the range. Eg, Using Coconut oil soap is too harsh on skin but by having a very high superfat it prevents the skin drying It is not recommended you have such a high superfat with soaps under normal circumstance but it works with coconut oil because of its extreme hardness..
Another example is Olive Oil as a single oil or high percentage oil soap (Castile). It doesn't have a particularly high hardening rate, but it will harden given enough cure time. It may take 6-12 months to stop it being slimy when wet but it will work and make a very nice soap, especially for sensitive skin.
Use your own herbs to make an oil infusion
Because most of these oils are solid, you could use a slow cooker or double boiler to melt your oils and gently warm them. Thoroughly mix your finely cut herbs into the oil.
You can use fresh herbs, just make sure they are clean and dry. For citrus peel, have as much of the white rind removed. Rosemary and Lavender are good for you. Try and use a 2-1 ratio, oil - herb. Its not important so just use what you have.
Do not boil the oil, just keep it warm/hot up to 6 hours, then strain out your herb "bits".
If you have a tree or plant in your area known to be good for your skin, try that. An example is Birch bark. It has many wonderful healing properties.
If you live where is is warm enough for you tallow to be liquid, I would be reluctant to do a cold infusion with tallow for 6 weeks as you may find your tallow goes rancid. This would be fine to do with Olive and Coconut oil.