Face Scrub With Liquid Soap – Day 1

I wanted to make a face scrub that would be perfect for cleansing and exfoliating the face. I could have used one of our bases but I wanted to dip my toes into the world of Liquid Soap. I have seen a lot of people make their soap using the Hot Process method but I wasn’t feeling ready for a complete revamping of my soaping style. Today we will be making a liquid soap using the cold process method so we can prepare for this scrub. Come join me!

 

I chose some oils to create some lather. I wanted the base to have some lather when you rub it into the skin. These are some of my favorite types of face scrubs. One of the first oils I chose for this soap base was coconut oil. Coconut oil is a wonderful oil to have in your soaping cupboard and mine in the blog kitchen is no exception! It adds lather to your soaps and great tactile properties to lip balms, scrubs and lotions.

I also used Olive Oil. Olive Oil also contributes a smoother moisturizing feel to the soap. When making a product for the face, it is important to be gentle to the delicate skin of the face. It is also important to moisturize to keep the skin soft, supple and healthy.

We will make this liquid soap paste  today and then tomorrow we will use this base to create a nice scrub for the face.

Collect Needed Items

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Sesame Oil
Potassium Hydroxide
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Olive Oil
4 oz Sesame Oil
3.25 oz Potassium Hydroxide
6 oz Water
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Coconut Oil
170 grams Olive Oil
113 grams Sesame Oil
92 grams Potassium Hydroxide
170 grams Water
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Coconut Oil
37.5% Olive Oil
25% Sesame Oil
Q.S. Potassium Hydroxide
Q.S. Water

Weigh the oils into a container. Heat until warm. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Allow the lye solution to cool. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. I let the soap sit in my beaker while it saponifies as tomorrow, we will be adding to it. Cover your container with plastic wrap and allow to sit until the oils have completely saponified.

Taylor

Liquid Oils

Oils and Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

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14 Comments

  • Ana B says:

    I’ve wanted to do a cold process liquid soap for a while but have held off because I haven’t decided how to test it for safety. I rely on the lye calculator that MMS has, but with anything new to me, I like to double check. How do you test for safety or do you just trust all your measurements or do you do a “zap” test or do you use the phal-whatever-they-are drops to test your alkalinity? Thanks!

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    • Taylor says:

      In this case, I did test my pH. I rely on my calculations and my measurements.

      If you are worried, you could use a pH test strip. I wish I had more to tell you.

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  • Leilani says:

    I’ve also been wanting to make liquid soap, but not wanting to learn the hot process method. So I’m excited to try this. Where do you get your Potassium Hydroxide?

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    • Taylor says:

      I honestly don’t know where we get our Potassium Hydroxide. I request more and it magically appears! I wish I had a better answer for you.

      Let me check and see if I can find where we get it.

      Taylor

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  • Caren says:

    I am going to try this cold process for liquid soap, as I have only done the hot process. With it being so hot outside, I am happy to see you do the cold method. I was going to make more liquid soap this weekend but will watch to see how this turns out to alter my usual methods. I will be more than happy to try the cooler method!

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  • marija says:

    I cannot keep up with you! your projects are too tempting and days only 24 hours long! must try this one x M

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  • Carolyn in Salt Lake City says:

    Hi, Taylor. Your last picture confuses me. It looks like you went beyond trace, somehow. The pic before it looks like trace, to me. It almost looks like it has separated in the last photo. Can you explain a little more? Thanks, Carolyn

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    • Taylor says:

      The second photo is where I am starting on making the scrub. I have added some water and am slowly mixing it in. The soap has also gone through gel phase which is why it is darker in color. I forgot to take a photo before moving on and this is why it looks this way. Sorry for the confusion!

      Taylor

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  • Sara says:

    I had no idea liquid soap could be this easy. I’ve only seen the hot process method before. Very interesting!

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  • Linda Bond says:

    I have making liquid soap hot processed and have never seen cold process before. Doesn’t it have to heat up or be wrapped to gel and complete the soap process? I would love to try this.

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    • Andee says:

      Linda,
      That is the great part about this process. Since you mix the soap until trace, you don’t have to wrap it to gel. It will heat up all by itself!

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  • Laura says:

    I’ve been making bar soap for awhile and continue to get requests from my sister for liquid soap. I can’t wait to try this idea!

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  • Pam says:

    Will this method require borax to neutralize the solution?

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  • Judith says:

    It’s such a simple method, my preference as well.

    And this formula does not need neutralizing as it is not lye-heavy to start, as the Faillor ones are. People need to get past that book, IMO.

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