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Five Easy Cold Process Lard Soap Recipes

Kimberly is a 19-year-old jewelry artist, soap maker, and crocheter. She lives happily with her boyfriend in Northern Minnesota.


Lard Soap

Lard is one of the oldest ingredients used in soap making, and is still widely used today. It makes a nice hard white bar of soap making it perfect for soap artists. Lard can however be a little hard on your pores but when mixed with the correct oils it can actually help clear your pores! It is a cheap and easy way of making soap, so it is wonderful for beginners because you won't have to break the bank to dip your toes into the wonderful world of soap making.

Cold process and safety

When making cold process soaps you will be using an ingredient called lye. Lye is a very dangerous and caustic chemical that can cause serious injuries if not handled correctly. Below is a basic list of rules you should follow when working with lye.

1. Wear protective gear, you do NOT want this on your skin (gloves that go decently high, an apron is also nice.)

2. Lye releases a gas that you do not want to breath in, so when making soap make sure to do so either outside or in a well ventilated area.

3. Do not do this process around children or pets, breathing in the chemical is very bad for them as well.

4. When mixing your lye and water solution you want to do so in a heat safe bowl, I personally use a big glass mixing bowl.

5. Work with lye on a heat proof surface, even if your bowl won't melt the solution does reach close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit so the bowl still gets very hot.

6. Wear glasses or protective eye wear.

7. ALWAYS add your lye to your water, if you do so the other way around it will explode and you will have lye water on everything.

8. Never use lye in aluminum the two thing chemically react and it's not pretty.

9. Make sure you allow your soap to cure for at least four weeks though I usually wait six just to be safe. If you use it to soon and the soap hasn't cured yet you can get lye burns by using it.

Cold process soap making is a dangerous process if you don't take the proper measures. However if you follow the rules above (there may be a few extra though most cold process tutorials go over them more in depth) cold process soap making is a lot of fun and very rewarding.

More lard soap recipes and a basic cold process soap recipe.

Simple Bubbly Lard Soap

This soap will be a nice hard bar that will last a long time and create a creamy bubbly lather. This soap will be great for cleaning as coconut oil is one of the best ingredients in soap making for creating a cleansing bar. This ingredient will not be great for people with sensitive skin conditions as there's not a lot of oils to make it super hydrating. This recipe would be best for people with healthy skin, and for those who are just beginning in cold process soap making as this is one of the easiest recipes you will find. Using lotion after using this soap however will make it fine for just about anyone!

16.9 oz lard

4.2 oz coconut oil

3 oz lard

8 oz water

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Hydrating Grocery Store Lard Soap

This is a super simple recipe that is also super hydrating for your skin. This recipe will not be great for people with acne prone skin as the combination of lard and olive oil in it can clog your pores. Though this recipe is recommended for those with dry skin or other uncomfortable skin conditions. This is also a cheap recipe perfect for beginning soap makers or those out there with a tight budget. Also a super easy way to start getting into soap making because most ingredients should be available at your closest grocery store! Scent can be any combination of essential oils or scent oils that you personally enjoy.

10.6 oz lard

9.5 oz olive oil

1 oz castor oil

2.7 oz lye

8 oz water

1.3 oz scent

Healing Lard Soap

This recipe is wonderful for just about every skin condition or mark there is out there! The combination of cocoa butter and avocado oil makes it full of vitamins and nutrients that are super healing for your skin. Works wonderfully for those with acne prone skin, and can help speed the healing process of stretch marks, and scars! This recipe is also wonderful for people with dry skin, dermatitis, or other uncomfortable skin conditions!

8.5 oz lard

4.2 oz palm oil

4.2 oz wheat germ oil

2.1 oz cocoa butter

2.1 oz avocado oil

2.9 oz lye

8 oz water

1.3 oz scent

Simple Hydrating Lard Soap

This recipe is simple using a small list of ingredients while still being amazing for you! This recipe uses only three main ingredients but still has many properties of soaps packed full of different oils. The coconut oil makes a super cleansing bar perfect for people with acne prone skin, it also makes a super bubbly and creamy lather. Cocoa butter is great for healing, and works wonders on stretch marks and scars, while keeping your pores from getting clogged! This recipe is perfect for beginners and those on a budget!

13.8 oz lard

5.3 oz coconut oil

2.1 oz cocoa butter

3.03 oz lye

8.04 oz water

1.3 oz scent

Large Batch Lard Soap

This soap recipe is a high yield recipe so before making make sure you either have a large mold or many small molds. The recipe is super nourishing and creamy on your skin and is wonderful for those suffering from skin conditions. This recipe is not wonderful however for those with acne prone skin as it can clog your pores. This recipe is wonderful for soap artists as it creates a large batch so you can do many things with it!

4 oz olive oil

52 oz canola oil

4 oz castor oil

30 oz lard

12 oz lye

28 oz water

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