This triple butter soap recipe makes the perfect premium bar: bubbly, lusciously creamy, and moisturizing, with a citrusy scent. It’s a fairly simple cold process soap recipe with luxuriously moisturizing results.
I rarely change up my cold process soap recipe. In fact, I’ve got my go-to recipe memorized.
For me, it just makes sense. I always have the basic soap oils on hand, and I’m usually in a hurry so I can whip up a batch super quick.
But every now and again, you get the hankering to try something new. I was wanting something luscious and a little bit special. That’s how this triple butter soap recipe came to be.
This triple butter soap recipe uses moisturizing cocoa, shea, and mango butters to give a rock hard bar that’s highly moisturizing.
Scented with litsea cubeba essential oil, this soap bar has an exquisite scent and feel—the perfect premium bar.
It also as a lovely rich superfat of 8%, which boosts its moisturizing quality even more. Bubbly, creamy, with a citrusy-green scent, what more could you want in a soap?
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Moisturizing Triple Butter Soap Recipe – Cold Process Method
This recipe makes approximately 2 lbs. finished soap at an 8% superfat and slight water discount. You’ll get about 8 average-sized (4 oz.) bars.
- 8 oz. coconut oil
- 8 oz. olive oil
- 5 oz. shea butter
- 5 oz. mango butter
- 4.5 oz. cocoa butter
- 1.5 oz. castor oil
- 4.3 oz. lye
- 13 oz. water
- 1 oz. litsea cubeba essential oil
PREP STEP: Prepare your workstation by covering with paper. Gather your supplies and ingredients. Put on your gloves and safety glasses.
STEP 1: Weigh out all oils and place into a stainless steel pot. Warm on low heat until just barely melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
STEP 2: Weigh out water into a heat-safe pitcher. Place this pitcher down into the sink.
STEP 3: Weigh out lye. In a slow, steady motion, pour lye into the pitcher of water and stir until dissolved. Please take care as this solution will get HOT very quickly.
Please remember your lye handling safety!
STEP 4: Let the lye solution and oils cool for at least 25 to 30 minutes, until they get to around 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
While you’re waiting, weigh out essential oil into a small glass jar or bowl. Set aside.
Also, use this time to prepare your mold, if needed.
STEP 5: Once the lye solution and oils have sufficiently cooled, pour the lye water into the pot of oils. With an immersion blender (AKA stick blender) blend until the batter comes to light trace (i.e. is even in color and the consistency of pancake batter).
STEP 6: Add the essential oil and stir until well incorporated.
STEP 7: Ladle or pour the soap batter into prepared mold. I like to use a chopstick or small spatula to give the surface of the soap a pretty textured swirl pattern, similar to frosting a cake.
STEP 8: Cover your mold with a lid or a piece of cardboard. (Don’t let the lid come in contact with the surface of the soap; if it will, it’s OK to leave the soap uncovered.) Let set in the mold for 48 to 72 hours.
STEP 9: After 48 to 72 hours have passed, unmold the soap. If the soap seems too soft and sticky to unmold, it’s perfectly OK to let set in the mold for a few more days.
Cut into bars and set out to cure for 30 days. After cure, your soap is ready to use. Enjoy your triple butter cold process soap!
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