Adding Fruit Juice to Cold Process Soap

Always protect the hands and eyes while working with lye.

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Cold process soap is an ancient process of soap making, most simply explained as a combination of lye with fat. The process is quite complex, requiring careful measuring and attention to detail to protect the efficacy and texture of the final product. Many fruit juices cannot be added to cold process soaps, as the acidity of the juice can severely disrupt the process. Fruit pulp should also be carefully avoided, as it can quickly decay. Using essential oils as an additive will create a juice-like scent that will not lead to decay.

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Protect your eyes with durable lab goggles and place gloves on your hands. Pour 14 ounces of lye into a large glass jar containing 41 ounces of water. Stir carefully until dissolved for about 30 to 60 seconds.


Place 32 ounces of olive oil, 74 ounces of tallow and 3 ounces of cocoa butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Heat until the cocoa butter and tallow are just melted for approximately five to eight minutes. Stir the mixture frequently.


Pour the lye mixture into the melted fat, taking particular caution to avoid splashing. Immediately stir in 1 ounce of grapefruit essential oil, 1 ounce lemon essential oil and 1 ounce orange essential oil to emulate the scent of fruit juice.


Pour the soap into the molds and allow to cool for 24 hours before removing.

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