The Basic Soap Recipe

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I’ve made this basic soap recipe dozens of times. It’s one of my favorite homemade soap recipes, it’s made with simple ingredients to make a great creamy natural homemade soap. It holds a good hardness and lathers up very well.

It’s also a good old fashioned lye soap recipe that makes a great base for any fragrance, colorants and exfoliates that you may wish to add.

I’ve added a bit of lavender to this basic soap recipe below, just to give you some idea of how easy it is to change the look and feel of a natural soap by adding something simple to it. For a few more ideas check out these soap making ingredients.

The Basic Homemade Soap Recipe


basic homemade soap
Makes about 13 standard or 10 chunky bars:

Specifics To This Recipe:

Use the Cold Process Method plus the following recipe specific steps:

The Cold Process Method

  • In Step 4 – Combine the oils and lye when both temperatures reach 110° f (43c)

Photos From This Basic Soap Recipe:

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Here’s Another Basic Soap Recipe Using Vegetable Fat (shortening)


Specifics To This Recipe:

Use the Cold Process Method shown below plus the following recipe specific steps:

  • In Step 4 – Combine the oils and lye when both temperatures reach 130° f (55c)

Use Cold Process

I hope you enjoy the basic soap recipe as much as I did. What other homemade soap recipes have you tried?

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  1. Arcel says


    I would like to make my own soap but I am so confused about it? Is it really hard and complicated as the book is saying? What is your suggestion if I want to make a soap with soft end result? Can we replace any of the oil above with rapeseed oil?

    • Angela says

      Hi Arcel,
      Which book you are referring to, some do over complicate the process to create a bigger read? Having said that, it is very important that you do follow the cold process instructions carefully along with the specific steps within each individual recipe.

      If you don’t have soapmaking experience I would not recommend changing ingredients without running the recipe through a lye calculator.

    • Angela says

      Hi Christine,
      I haven’t tried it with red palm oil, so I can’t say for sure that it would work as well.
      I guess it would change the color and it depends on if you are in the mood to do a little experimenting, I would :)
      If you do try it, make sure you use a lye calculator to check your recipe, and could you please let us know how it goes.

  2. Riziki Amuli says

    I like your recipe,but I have two question about lye is it soudium hydroxide mix with caustic soda?or you choose one?
    Second about lye why do you use sodium silcate mix with caustic soda?
    Thanks I wait more from you.

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