This homemade soap for men is a very masculine soap recipe which leaves you feeling clean, moisturized and ready for anything. It has a wonderful rich warm scent so you won’t need to use any cologne after using this soap.
Ingredients For This Homemade Soap For Men
- A handful of Bay leaves
- 7 1/2 oz (210g) Sunflower oil
- 7 1/2 oz (210g) Olive Oil
- 7 oz (200g) Coconut Oil
- 4 oz (100g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
- 11 fl oz (310ml) Mineral water
- 2 teaspoons (11ml) Bergamot essential oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon (8ml) Bay essential oil
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) Patchouli essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) Cinnamon essential oil
Making this Soap For Men
Before you begin making this homemade shampoo, take a moment to read the Cold Process. In this overview you will see photos and obtain a good feel for the basic soap making procedure.
The page importantly describes how to quicken the trace stage (thickening stage) using a stick blender.
Specifics To This Recipe
Use the Cold Process Method plus the following recipe specific steps:
- Make sure the room you are making the soap in is well ventilated. Oil a plastic mould and then line it with greaseproof paper.
- If you do not have your own bay tree, you can purchase either dried or fresh bay leaves at the supermarket. Chop up a handful of bay leaves very small. Make sure you remove and discard the veins.
- In a good size stainless steel pan melt the olive, sunflower oil and coconut oil over a low heat.
- Put on protective eyewear, mask, apron and long rubber gloves. Pour the mineral water into a plastic bucket. Slowly, add the lye, using a plastic spatula to stir until dissolved.
- Use two jam thermometers, one for the lye mix and one for the oil mix. Make sure you are wearing the protective clothing. When both mixtures equalise at 96 F (35.5 C) immediately pour the lye mix into the oils mixing with the spatula, stir continuously until well combined.
- Continue to stir until it has thickened enough, when a bit of the soap is drizzled over the top it leaves a line trace.
- Pour in the bergamot, bay, patchouli and cinnamon essential oils and the chopped bay leaves, sir thoroughly until they are evenly distributed.
- Pour the mixture into the mould that you prepared before.
- Leave it covered with cardboard, in a warm, dry place for 24 hrs in order for it to set.
- Line a wooden board with greaseproof paper, put some protective gloves on and turn the soap out onto the board.
- Use a carving knife to cut the soap into chunky bars.
- Put them into a tray lined with greaseproof paper and leave for four weeks in a dark, warm, dry place.
- Turn them occasionally.