Liquid Soap Making Tutorial – Complete Process and Easy Beginner Recipe

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  • March 11, 2021
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This is a comprehensive liquid soap making tutorial and easy beginner recipe to get you started with making your own liquid soap from scratch at home. This recipe is great for beginners (no volcanoes!), it’s super fast to come together and it makes a nice general use liquid soap, perfect for handwashing, bathing and household cleaning.

* The information provided in this video and description box text are intended for people who are familiar with the basics of soap making – including soap making terms, ingredients, the methods used to calculate and make soap recipes, and the necessary requirements to make soap safely. Sodium hydroxide (and other lye types) in granular form or in solution with water/other liquids, as well as raw soap batter, are highly corrosive and require careful and attentive handling. If you have never made soap before, please watch the first two videos on the list below before you attempt any soap recipe. As a hobby soap maker, you are responsible for the safety of yourself and others around you when you make soap. Please take the time to learn about soap making and soap safety before you attempt your first soap batch.

Essential viewing:
✅ Introduction to Soap Making
✅ Soap Making Tutorial for Beginners – Full Demonstration & Cold Process Soap Beginner Recipe

If you are new to soap making, you may also enjoy these videos:
✅ How to make a folded soap mould liner with non-stick baking paper
✅ Washing up after Soap Making
✅ How to Formulate and Calculate Your Own Soap Recipes
✅ Calculating Water in Soap Recipes and Clarifying ‘Lye Concentration’
✅ Soap Making Frequently Asked Questions (including explanation of superfat)
✅ Handmade Soap Testing – How to test the pH of your handmade cold process or hot processed soap
✅ Calculate Soap Recipes to Fit Any Size Mould

I have many more helpful soap making videos on my channel, and continue to upload as regularly as possible. You’ll find my complete video list grouped by subject area here:

700g total oil batch
20% lye concentration for the lye solution (this dictates the water amount in the recipe)
(1% superfat calculated into the recipe)
489g olive oil (70%)
140g castor oil (20%)
70g coconut oil (10%)
597g distilled or demineralised water (boiled filtered tap water can be used but your soap will not be clear)
149g potassium hydroxide (90% KOH – more details about that below)

You are welcome to make this soap and use this recipe, but please do not reproduce the text of this description box without my permission. You are welcome to share the entire video link with others.

I added essential oils at a rate of 2% of the total finished soap weight – you will need to calculate this for your own soap batch, depending on how much paste you dilute. You may also want to reduce this amount to 1 or 1.5% – depending on your essential oils and your personal preference.

To make the salt solution for thickening the soap, dissolve 20g of salt into 80g of hot distilled or filtered water. Stir the mixture until the salt dissolves. This solution can be multiplied to produce a larger batch. It can also be stored under refrigeration indefinitely.

This liquid soap recipe makes approximately 1445g of finished liquid soap paste, not accounting for evaporation during the cook. This amount of paste will make approximately 3.6 litres (3600g) of finished liquid soap at a dilution rate of 1:1.5 (1 part paste to 1.5 parts water) – that’s a lot of liquid soap!

Potassium hydroxide can be best purchased through online soap making suppliers. Google ‘potassium hydroxide’ and your city/state name (eg. ‘potassium hydroxide Brisbane’) to get your closest options. Most potassium hydroxide is labelled as 90% pure, so if you are calculating your own liquid soap recipe (you can learn to calculate soap recipes here make sure to enter potassium hydroxide as your lye type and change the purity level as needed in your soap calculator.

I used the app called ‘Soap Lye Calculator’ (android phone app) to calculate this recipe.

I purchase my potassium hydroxide from
Green Living Australia (pick up only)
And Escentials of Australia in Noosa (postage available)

Happy soap making!