How to make it

  • Pour your distilled water into the heat-proof container, then add the Lye and stir carefully with rubber spatula to mix and dissolve. This stuff will get hot, so watch out! It will also produce fumes for a few minutes, so it is best to mix it up and get away from it quickly until the fumes disperse. Then make sure to set the lye-water mixture aside in a safe place to cool off.
  • Once your lye has cooled to the point where the container is just warm to the touch, pour Olive Oil into your large mixing pot and heat on the stove. We want to heat the Olive Oil to approx. 100 degrees F, if you have a thermometer you can measure this exactly. Otherwise, just heat it up until the outside of the pot feels very warm to the touch, then remove the pot from the heat source. You can add the clay pretty much any time you want in the recipe. Some people add it to their lye water. Others just mix it into the oils as they are melting. You can also take a half cup or so of your melted oils, put them in a measuring cup, a mix your clay into the oils.
  • Pour the lye-water mixture into the warm oil, very slowly and carefully to avoid spills, stirring the oil all the while with your spatula. The mixture will incorporate and become smoother, continue stirring for a couple of minutes to make sure everything is well-mixed. Then start using your stick blender or beater, for short intervals, hand-stirring in between. You will soon notice the mixture getting thicker and more opaque, that means trace is occurring. Keep stirring until you get a rather thick pudding-like consistency.
  • I like to pour the soap directly into Toddler Sippy cups (they don’t break when you drop them, Another option is to pour it into lengths of 3" PVC pipe that has one end plugged up. This will give you a disc of soap that can be placed into a mug or tin. Let the soap cure as normal and when it's done, enjoy a wonderfully old-fashioned but terrific shaving soap! Stack your soap on brown paper-lined shelves in a well-ventilated area, this soap should be aged and cured for approx. 4 weeks before use.

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    " It was excellent "
    ozsmom ate it and said...
    5 forks for the pictures alone
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    " It was excellent "
    victoriaregina ate it and said...
    I like your flavors comment.
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    " It was excellent "
    victoriaregina ate it and said...
    What can I say? Hair today, gone tomorrow?
    Great recipe.
    And this has nothing to do with it but it popped into my head:
    Erma Bombeck quote:"Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead."

    Love your bio too!

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    " It was excellent "
    fizzle3nat ate it and said...
    Mark, you're killing me! Good God, where do you find the pictures you post with your recipes? I about died when I saw the hair-fest going on here! My hubby is a hairy guy (TMI) but not THAT hairy! Yikes! Anyway...I came across this recipe in the 'recipes you do not eat' group and I thought I'd check it out, as my brother-in-law is big into shaving soaps right now. As always, informative AND entertaining. Egads - that's a lot of hair! I think that first image is burned into my retinas... - Natalie
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  • lovebreezy 8 years ago
    Happy, happy to see a new post from you. Mr. Breezy said he's stickin' to his soap and I don't shave. lol
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  • a1patti 8 years ago
    I love your pictures!!!
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  • 22566 8 years ago
    Hi Stranger,

    Neat Post.

    Welcome Back,have missed your posts.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Labor Day Week-end.

    Kind Regards

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