Hey y’all! I hope everyone is having an awesome Christmas season! Today I wanted to share another homemade soap recipe! This one is super simple if you’re familiar with soap making! Its a basic white soap recipe using coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter! All I did was add a couple tablespoons of cinnamon to the traced soap batter and swirl it around a bit! It smells SO good and offers just a light amount of exfoliation. This year I made this to give to people as Christmas gifts and it looks adorable tied up with a cinnamon stick and bakers twine. Read blow for the recipe!
If you’ve never made soap before make sure to check out my Soap Making for Beginners post! It will tell you all you need to know about soap making. It is surprisingly easy! It does require careful precautions so you stay safe when handling lye, but if you take the necessary precautions and follow the steps, it will be so very simple and also safe. In a nutshell, the steps of soap making are as follows. First, you melt all your oils together. Then you measure and pour the designated amount of lye into water, stir it up, and wait for it to cool off a bit. When its cool enough you pour the lye mixture into the melted oils and use a stick blender to mix them together. After a few minutes of mixing the mixture will start to thicken into a pudding-like consistency. This is called “trace”! When the mixture has come to trace its ready to have add-ins mixed in. In this case, the add-ins would simply be the cinnamon. I added 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon and mixed and swirled it in a bit. Then pour the mixture into your soap mold. After a few days, the soap will be hard enough to pop out of the mold, but still soft enough to be easily cut into bars. Once the soap is cut into bars, they must sit for 4-6 weeks or until they are neutral and safe to use. There is a special solution you can use to test the soap to make sure its neutral. For me it only took about 4 weeks for this recipe to become neutral. To make soap that can be used right away, read about hot process soap in the blog post above! This method uses heat to cook the bars until neutral. It takes about 3 hours but the soap won’t need to sit. Both methods have pros and cons so try both methods!
Here is the simple recipe for cinnamon soap! It makes 2 pounds of soap, or about 8 regular sized bars.
- 9 ounces coconut oil
- 9 ounces sweet almond oil
- 5 ounces shea butter
- 5 ounces cocoa butter
- 4 ounces lye
- 8.9 ounces water
- 2 tbs cinnamon
- Melt oils together.
- Pour lye on water and stir.
- When lye has cooled to around 130 degrees, pour into melted oils.
- Use a stick blender to stir until mixture comes to a trace.
- Mix in cinnamon roughly-swirl if possible.
- Dump mixture into silicone soap mold.
- Cut bars in 2-4 days and let soap bars sit 4-6 weeks or until neutral.