24 oz. Water
13 oz. Sodium Hydroxide
27.6 oz. Coconut Oil
13.8 oz. Shea Butter
46 oz. Olive Oil
4.6 oz. Castor Oil
3 oz. Grapefruit Essential Oil
8 tablespoons Activated Charcoal
Optional Nettle (for sprinkling on top)
- Add lye to water, stir and let cool. In a separate pot, melt coconut and shea butter, then add room temperature oils. At desired temperature for oils and water (between room temperature and 115F recommended), add lye solution to oils and bring to very light trace. Put stick blender aside and stir in activated charcoal by hand. If there are any lumps, use the stick blender to smooth out the consistency (this is why it is important to add the charcoal at very light trace). Next, stir in grapefruit essential oil by hand. Pour into mold.
- If soap gets thick, be sure to tap down the mold firmly. This will release any air bubbles.
- Let sit overnight covered with plastic wrap to prevent any soda ash. Release and unmold. Cut into bars. Cure for 4 weeks before use.