Cream soap is a delightful type of soap. It looks a bit like a smooth version of grits (the breakfast food) or mashed potatoes, but can be diluted to a texture of your preference. It lathers wonderfully and is gentle enough to use on the skin of young children (toddlers and older). You can scent it as you wish, and it leaves a wonderful touch of fresh fragrance on your skin. We think you’ll love it!
Here is a good recipe for cream soap:
6.4 ounces soft oil (olive, almond, sunflower are all good)
6 oz. coconut oil
4 oz palm oil
2 oz stearic acid
1.2 oz emulsifying wax (e-wax)
2.4 oz KOH
0.7 oz NaOH
24 oz distilled water
1 oz liquid glycerin
1 tsp Vitamin E
1. Melt all of your oils, including also your stearic acid and e-wax.
2. Add your KOH and NAOH to your water and glycerin. (Slowly drizzle it in while stirring).
3. Drizzle the resulting lye water mixture into your oils slowly, stirring constantly as you do so.
4. Using a stick blender, blend for 2 minutes. Then stir with a plastic or wooden spoon. Keep going until you reach trace. This should take somewhat longer than 10 minutes.
5. Add fragrances or essential oils and stir in thoroughly.
6. Store in a sealed container for at least one week, to give the soap time to cure. You can then take out parts and add more liquid if you wish – for a thinner texture – and enjoy your new soap!