Nelsie’s Complexion Soap
2 c. Extra-virgin coconut oil
½ c. Hemp seed butter
½ c. Water
2 T. Borax
2 T. Lye
Dissolve the Borax in the water. When it is dissolved, add the lye (do not bend over it) and stir very gently. When the lye is dissolved, heat the coconut oil and hemp seed butter just until melted. When you can just hold your hand to the sides of the oil and the lye, pour the lye into the oil (not the other way around!), and stir. Keep stirring until it comes to ‘trace’, which is, when you drizzle soap across the surface, it does not sink back into the soap but stays on top. You will know it is almost there when it sinks into the soap at level, but does not lose the shape of the drizzle.
When it comes to trace, pour into soap molds. When it becomes solid (in about an hour), turn the oven on to its lowest setting, though if it is a gas oven you will not need to do this. Wrap in a towel, turn off the oven, and place the soap in the oven to incubate for 24 hours. Hang a sign on the oven so that no-one will turn it on.
After 24 hours, pop the soaps out and place them on a baker’s rack. After 10 days, turn them. You can test them after 14 days by licking the soap – if it tingles, it is still curing. Give it another 7 days before testing again. As soon as it no-longer tingles, you can wrap it for sale.