Simple, Basic Soap Recipe Base

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I have been meaning to list a simple handmade soap base recipe, but without using Palm oil. Say No To Palm Oil
Any of my recipes can be edited to suit the needs of the crafter. Just always remember to run it back through a lye calculator whenever you make any changes to the oils or size of the batch.

I loved experimenting with different oils, but my two favorite recipes were just so simple. No special label appeal with shea or cocoa butters.. just a basic, creamy good soap.

A 3 base oil Soap recipe

Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Palm Kernel Oil

1 pound

70%  Olive Oil                11.2 ounces
15% Coconut Oil             2.4 ounces
15% Palm Kernel Oil     2.4 ounces

5% superfat – Lye           2.2 ounces

4 pounds

70% Olive Oil                44.8 ounces
15% Coconut Oil               9.6 ounces
15% Palm Kernel Oil       9.6 ounces

5% superfat – Lye            8.99 ounces

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For even more basic, Olive Oil and Palm Kernel Oil

Olive Oil and Palm Kernel Oil

1 pound

80% Olive Oil                          12.8 ounces
20% Palm Kernel Oil             3.2 ounces

5% superfat – Lye                   2.16 ounces

4 pounds

80% Olive Oil                               51.2 ounces
20% Palm Kernel Oil                12.8 ounces

5% superfat – Lye                       8.65 ounces

 

Either of these basic recipes will be a good base for a plain bar of soap, or to add additives and fragrances or essential oils.

You can use either of these bases for just about any recipe on MommaMuse – you can change your liquid (distilled water, teas, milks (read up on using goat milk before trying), cucumber, use your imagination), your fragrances or essential oils, colorants, additives (powders, clays, teas).





How much Liquid should I add?

To figure your liquid, you want 2.2 times the lye amount.  Lye X 2.2 = Liquid in ounces

 

What does ‘superfat’ mean?

When you make soap, the oil molecules bind with the lye molecules.  To make a gentle soap, you want to have a little bit more oil molecules than you do lye.. But at the same time,  not too much more – or you’ll have a soft oily mess of nothing.

 

Cold Process or Hot Process Soap?

Some people have their favorites, I like both ways of making soap.  I have tutorials on how I do each, but mine aren’t the only way to make soap.. there are other variations.  For Cold Process, read Rosemary Mint Cold Process Soap Tutorial with Recipe. For Hot Process, my favorite way is in the crock pot. I recommend getting a crock pot you can use specifically for soap making (check thrift stores, garage sales or ask friends – someone is bound to have one they never use). Instructions for Making Crock Pot Handmade Soap – a ‘how to’ with pictures.
Notes:
– Be sure to use a soap calculator specifically used to calculator amounts, particularly making sure you have the correct amount of sodium hydroxide.
– If you need to make substitutions within your recipe, be sure to recalculate, as the lye amount may change. Don’t just double your recipe, run it through the calculator again. and again. and again.
– Remember your safety and for those around your soap making area. Label items appropriately, wear appropriate safety gear.




Banana Orange filling for Crepes

This is my all-time favorite recipe for Orange Banana crepes.

I use this Dessert Crepes recipe. I make a lot of crepes to store in the fridge for quick snacks (or meals). I also store extra of this orange sauce in the fridge too.

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup orange juice (I do pulp free)
4 teaspoons grated orange peel (I rarely use this much, usually more like 2 teaspoons)
bananas

Orange Sauce for Crepes
Orange Sauce for Crepes

In a sauce pan, combine butter, sugar, orange juice and grated orange peel and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat.

Add banana – sliced long-way or in round bites. Let bananas warm through.

Pile onto your crepes with some orange sauce and eat up..

I usually eat with a fork and finish with a spoon.. mmmm

Store leftover in fridge – this will separate, and the butter on top will harden.  Melts in microwave easily enough.




Dessert Crepes Recipe

My mom used to make me crepes with bananas and orange sauce.. and it was just.so.good.

Here’s the crepe recipe she gave me, and I’ve been using like mad lately.


Dessert Crepes

Ingredients
1 cup flour
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter (some extra for the pan)

I mix all ingredients except the flour, with a hand mixer. Once everything is well blended, I add the flour, gently.

Put in fridge for a couple hours – I usually make the mix the night before and then cook in the morning, or make the mix in the morning and cook up in the evening. The batter usually separates – so when you get ready to cook, just stir it up.

Stack Crepes - layer on paper towel

I have been doubling the batch with no problem.

To make, melt butter in a metal pan (I use stainless steel) and get hot – I have found I start out with my stove on 2-ish, but then have to lower to simmer so I don’t burn them.

I use a metal spatula, but whatever your favorite utensil for the job. 🙂

I use a big spoon and pour into center of the pan – then lift the pan and gently roll, so the batter spreads and thins out. Let cook until the top looks almost dry and the edges look slightly browned. Flip. Let cook about 20-30 seconds on this side.

Set on a wire cookie rack to cool. I let one cool, as I cook the next, then I stack with paper towels between the layers. The paper towels don’t stick to the crepes. You can also use wax paper. I was out, so just used paper towels and since it didn’t stick and was just so easy, that is what I always use.

I stack them up to cool and then put them in a big baggie in the fridge to eat whenever.

Crepes don’t have to be about fruits or sweets. You can load with scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon; lunch meat (might want to cut back on the sugar). When I really lazy, or all out of fruit, I warm in the microwave with butter, powdered sugar and a bit of cinnamon, roll and eat.

Banana Orange Crepe Filler – it’s soo good.



Gone Girl – by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl to-be Movie
Gone Girl to-be Movie

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared a link 14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen and on that list (among several I’ve already read, and a few I still want to and at least one I’ll wait for the movie) was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

This book has been in my Audible wishlist for quite some time. What luck, as I’d been trying to decide which book to get and was having a time of it.. this made up my mind though.

About halfway through, I thought, what is really so special about this book? I mean, it’s good, but.. enough to warrant over 11,000 reviews on Amazon? I wasn’t so sure.

In reading a few reviews, I was careful, because I didn’t want the story spoiled, I saw that the story really picks up when it hits Part Two. I seriously thought I must have been in Part Two already, but I just wasn’t feeling that it had picked up that much.

Getting ready to go out to the Fourth of July Festival today, I was listening and … actually got to Part Two, I really hadn’t missed the announcement. There was no doubting it, even if I had missed “Part Two”.. the story takes such a wild plot twist that I was just in shock. I want so badly to talk to someone about it, but alas.. I’m here, writing to tell you, if you enjoy mysteries, plot twists.. this book, it is soooo worth the read. It makes me want to crawl into a hole and just finish listening – screw the festival, I’m the only one who wanted to go anyway, lol! But no, I must savor it, little bits at a time.

Who am I kidding, I’ll probably spend tomorrow cleaning the house *just* so I can finish the book. Sometimes, I love audio books.