Valentine’s for Him – Soap

We are almost done with our Valentine’s for Him themed week. Don’t let Valentine’s get away from you this year! It is just around the corner!

Most men are one product type of guys. They like things quick and easy. In some ways, they present a challenge for us. They also inspire quick, multi-purpose and single use products. I wanted a firm bar that lathered well. I also wanted to add something that would keep his hair and skin healthy and soft.

I used Coconut Oil, Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil as the backbone for this recipe. These oil create nice firm bars with excellent and rich lather. I also added Shea Butter to my recipe. It softens, moisturizes and smooths to create luscious hair. This soap just might make you look for more excuses to run your fingers through his hair.

I used Almond Milk in this soap. I made fresh Almond Milk using the SoyaPower Plus Soy Milk Maker.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
21 oz wt Coconut Oil
25 oz wt Palm Oil
32.75 oz wt Palm Kernel Oil
5.25 oz wt Shea Butter, Refined

16 fl oz Water
16 fl oz Almond Milk
12.25 oz wt lye (sodium hydroxide)

1 fl oz Citrus & Basil Fragrance Oil

Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Soap Bucket
Jars
Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915
Immersion Blender
Goggles
Spoon
Time spent:
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 15 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 90 seconds
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 90 seconds
Pour into mold: 10 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Recipe in Percentages
16.24% Coconut Oil
19.34% Palm Oil
25.33% Palm Kernel Oil
4.06% Shea Butter, Refined12.37% Water
12.37% Almond Milk
9.47% Lye (sodium hydroxide)

.77% Citrus & Basil Fragrance Oil

Measure oils on your scale. Heat your oils until they are liquid. In a separate container, add the sodium hydroxide to the water. Stir well. Combine the oils and lye solution. Blend until you reach a light trace. Add the Almond Milk and the Citrus & Basil Fragrance Oil. Blend well. Pour the soap into molds. Allow the soap to sit until firm. Cut into bars and allow to cure. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Taylor

Finished Soap

Finished Soap

Weighing Oils

Adding Lye to Water

Stirring Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Mixing Soap

Adding Milk and Fragrance Oil

Soap in Mold

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10 Comments

  • MKMmom says:

    Can’t wait to give this a try.

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  • sheena_olsen says:

    I think soap is my favorite product to make, and citrus and basil sounds great!

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  • bluebeaker says:

    I have noticed that guys who buy soap from me go for the soap with a little scrub to it. I have added pre-ground luffa, ground up tea (peppermint is a great one), seeds – blueberry is very scrubby, while larger seeds like cranberry are more stimulating, and other ground botanicals like ground vanilla or ground apricot seeds. (Oatmeal is also one of my favorite additives that guys seem to be ok with). These all add scrubbiness to varying degrees – and some add pleasant fragrances. Guys seem to lean more towards power tools than things that cause softness. The additives might make it something they don’t want to put in their hair, but I’ve not talked to anyone yet who has shyed away from using it in their hair – it seems to rinse out easily.

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  • Kinky Witch says:

    “It softens, moisturizes and smooths to create luscious hair. This soap just might make you look for more excuses to run your fingers through his hair.”

    Does this work if he’s nearly bald?! If so, I’d better make a batch pronto ^.^

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  • Taylor says:

    Lol! I am not sure this will help his hair grow. However, it will make his skin soft. He just might find himself being petted more often!

    Taylor

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  • Kinky Witch says:

    Ha! He would probably enjoy that, too…

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  • Fruitleather says:

    My brother has shoulder-length curly/wavy hair and wants me to formulate a shampoo bar for him, but with my limited experience and ingredients, so far I haven’t gotten the desired results. I may have to fork over for a new order and try this out.

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  • Fruitleather says:

    Also, I prefer to stick to EO’s. can you recommend an EO blend to create a comparable scent?

    Thanks.

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  • Taylor says:

    Absolutely. If you prefer essential oils, I would probably make a blend of Basil Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, and Lemon Argentina Essential Oil.
    Granted, it won’t be exactly like the fragrance oil but it is going to be impressive. Mnn. I think you have inspired me for another soap!

    I hope your bother enjoys this recipe. If it doesn’t work for him, let us know and we will help you formulate something.

    Best Wishes,

    Taylor

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  • Simona says:

    does coconut oil fractions have the same scent as virgin coconut oil? I only have virgin coconut so I am concerned not to get a too sweet lotion :)

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