The release of our new Green Apple and Caramel Toffee flavors had me thinking about the caramels that we used to make and how I loved to pair the caramel sauce with apples. Since I’ve made a Caramel Apple Lip balm, I have to make a soap that is complementary. Come with me and we’ll make a great batch of Caramel Apple Soap!
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Enchanted Apple Fragrance Oil
Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
|Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
29 grams Shea Butter
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
6.8 grams Enchanted Apple Fragrance Oil
4.5 grams Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
0.24 oz Enchanted Apple Fragrance Oil
0.16 oz Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Q.S. Enchanted Apple Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Frosted Cupcakes Fragrance Oil
I began by weighing my Sodium Hydroxide and water separately. I slowly added the lye to the container of water. DO NOT add water to your container of lye.
Next, I started by weighing the oils into a microwave safe container. Then I placed into the microwave and gently heated. Once my lye solution and oils were within an ideal temperature range*, I slowly poured the lye solution into the oils. I used an immersion blender to mix the oils and lye solution together until I reached light trace when I added the fragrance blend. After adding the fragrance, I used the blender to ensure the fragrance was completely mixed into the raw soap. I poured the soap into the mold and allowed the soap to sit undisturbed for 24 hours.
I came back after 24 hours and cut the soap into bars. Then I placed the cut bars of soap on a piece of cardboard and arranged them to allow for good air flow between bars. I placed the bars on my curing shelf and made a note of their starting weight. As the curing process is the time that allows for any excess water to evaporate, soap cures fairly quickly in our dry climate.
Fragrance Blend Notes: The finished soap smells like caramel with a touch of apple, just as I wanted. I had been concerned that there was too much apple scent, but it was perfect! According to the Fragrance Calculator, the maximum recommended usage rate for each fragrance component was 2.5%. This became the percentage of the fragrance blend that I used in the batch of soap. This is a strongly scented soap. The finished soap has minimal tan discoloration and the final bar had a nice creamy color. Easily colored or left alone! I did not experience any problems after adding the fragrance to the raw soap. This does not preclude testing that is done with your recipe and unique ingredients.
*Temperature Note: For most soaps, you will want to mix your oils and lye solution when both are somewhere between 110°F to 130°F. In the winter when your soaping area is cooler, you will want to soap at higher temperatures. In the summer when your soaping area is warmer, you will want to soap at cooler temperatures. This particular batch had temperatures around 120°F.
I had so much fun making this soap! What do you think? Would you want to try this soap?