How to Make Clear Soap Base From Scratch

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Formulation and Recipe by Bonnie from Good Earth Spa –

Prerequisite experience & knowledge needed in the following:

Lye Safety
Cold Process Soap Making
Hot Process Soap Making


Ingredients needed:

1.5 oz Lye
3.0 oz Distilled Water
3.2 oz Castor Oil
1.0 oz Coconut Oil
4.2 oz Stearic Acid
1.9 oz Myristic Acid
7.0 oz Cocamidopropyl Betaine
12.0 oz Propylene Glycol
6.5 oz Sorbitol 70% Solution
2.5 oz Vegetable Glycerin
1.2 oz Triethanolamine (TEA)


Materials Needed:

Small Crock Pot
Rubber or Silicone Spatula
Soap Mold with 40oz Capacity
Measuring Containers


Where to Get Supplies!

Distilled Water:  Grocery Store
Distill  Water Yourself
Rain Water is Naturally Distilled

Get the Sodium Hydroxide by clicking here.

Coconut Oil:
Grocery Store has 2lb containers and under or
Click here to Get Coconut Oil here with Free Lye

Castor Oil:
Drug Store carries castor oil in small amounts.
Get your Castor Oil here with Free Lye

Stearic Acid:
Click here to Get your Stearic Acid

Myristic Acid:
Get your Myristic Acid here

Propylene Glycol:
Get your Propylene Glycol here

Get your Sorbitol here

Cocamidopropyl (Coco) Betaine:
Get your Cocamidopropyl Betaine here

Vegetable Glycerin:
Get your Vegetable Glycerin here

Triethanolamine also called TEA:
Get your Triethanolamine here



Dissolve Lye into Water. Measure oils and Fatty Acids into crock. Melt completely. Mix Lye water into melted oils mixture gradually while stirring. Cook until gel phase occurs. Then add in Coco Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol & Glycerin. Break up any large chunks. Cover and cook on low approx 1 hour or until fully dissolved. May take more or less time. When fully mixed and liquid, gently stir in TEA. Mold and cool. Remove from mold & use as you would normally use commercial brands of melt & pour soap base.

This formula was designed to share with others because I love soap and science.

Making this recipe is a little cheaper than buying ready made MP soap base, especially when you factor in the shipping.

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