The base oils that pretty much disappear after you make soap is not as important as the oils used to super-fat the soap. This is the oil that remains after oils have saponified, so essentially this is a simple soap recipe with a super-fat of 6%. And having said that there are some exceptions to this rule. If coconut oil is used more than 20-30% as a base oil, the the soap will be a drying soap to the skin but a great soap for washing such as with laundry soap.
Having a lye discount creates a portion of oil that is not chemically reacted with the lye and which remains in the bar after the soap is made.
I like to create a very rich face bar because I tend to have dry skin but by tweaking this recipe a bit you can make changes so that it will be good for any type of skin.
Measurements for this recipe have been given both in percentages and in one sample amount of 100 oz. which is approximately a bit over 6 pounds - so that if you need to increase the recipe or scale it down it is easy to do so.
Face Bar (50oz) – Percentages
Palm oil 30% - 15 oz.
Coconut oil 20% - 10 oz.
Jojoba 1% - 0.5 oz.
Olive oil 40% - 20 oz. (infused with calendula strained)
Castor oil 3% - 1.5 oz.
Shea butter 6% - 3 oz.
lye discount 6.85 oz.
Liquid/water – 12-19 oz.
Additives (may use 1 or more of each additive)
1/kaolin clay for oily skin 1 tsp/lb
2/ oatmeal 5%
3/ fine luffa 1 tsp/lb
Face Bar Recipe (Percentages)
Palm oil 30%
Coconut oil 20%
Olive Oil 40%
Castor oil 3%
Shea Butter 6%
The soap recipe is a regular cold process recipe. For those directions, see my article on Cold Process soaps, as well as In the Oven Hot Process soaps (which are my favorite kinds of soap to make because you have instant gratification!