I was watching Season 4 of Scandal and suddenly became inspired by the character Harmony to make soap using animal fat. I have made soap for a few years using all plant based oils, but I have been wanting to try something new. On Saturday while frying bacon, I decided I would give it a try. I always strain my bacon grease into a coffee mug, but this time I strained it through a cheesecloth to remove any residual meat flakes. I then weighed the grease and grabbed some of my other oils and got my creative hat on.
I figured since I am using bacon grease, this was definitely a soap I would make as a gift for the men in my family. I mean, what man doesn’t love bacon? I then asked my husband to help me pick out a fragrance and we decided on Sensuous Sandalwood from Brambleberry. Once the scent was determined, I chose my additional oils to incorporate. I didn’t have enough bacon grease to complete a whole batch of soap made with just bacon grease alone.
Once I determined my oils and their weights, I went back onto Brambleberry’s site to utilize their lye calculator. The calculator asked for a superfatting level, and I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. I have always made my soap from recipes where I was already given the lye amount, so superfatting levels were new to me. I found this article that helped it explain it to me and I chose a level of 3%. Once I had my lye and liquid calculation figured out, it was time to get to work.
****If you have never made cold process soap before, please make sure to read all guidelines and safety precautions before starting this recipe. Lye is reactive and can burn.****
Soap made with Bacon Grease
3.5 oz Bacon Grease (Strained through a cheesecloth to remove any meat particles)
6.25 oz Avocado Oil
2 oz Coconut Oil
10 oz Olive Oil
2.926 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
7.19 oz Distilled Water
- Weigh all oils and combine them in one bowl to melt down. (I like to use a small crock-pot for this.)
- Weigh and measure water and lye in SEPARATE glass bowls. (I use 2 Pyrex glass bowls.)
- Begin adding lye to the water a little a time and stirring. You will notice the water getting cloudy. Keep adding the lye and stirring until all flakes have dissipated.
- Begin warming your oils in your crock-pot or in the microwave while the lye water is cloudy.
- Once your oils have melted and the lye/water is clear again, take their temperature. You want both to be in a range from 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once both the lye/water and oils are around the same temperate, it is now time to add the lye/water to the oil.
- Grab your stick blender, and slowly pour the lye/water over the stick blender into the oils. (If using a crock-pot, turn it off. You do not need to warm the oils anymore).
- Once lye/water and oils are in the same bowl, tap the stick blender on the bottom on the bowl to release any air bubbles.
- Turn the stick blender on to high and begin mixing. Soaponification will occur within about 1-2 minutes. You will notice a trace forming. (This recipe thickened pretty quick, looking very much like pudding.)
- Once trace has occurred, add the fragrance oil and mix again to incorporate the fragrance throughout.
- Pour soap into your mold and cover and let sit for 24-28 hours. (I let mine sit for 48 hours). I keep my soap covered by using a wooden champagne box.
- After 24-48 hours, un-mold your soap and cut into bars. Once cut, let cure for 4-6 weeks. (I place mine on a baking rack in my guest room to cure.)
Enjoy! I would love to hear your comments if you make this recipe. You may also contact me if you would like to order some of these already made.