Soap made with Bacon Grease

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

Ingredients

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

1 oz. Sensuous Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Directions:

  1. Weigh all oils and combine them in one bowl to melt down. (I like to use a small crock-pot for this.)
  2. Weigh and measure water and lye in SEPARATE glass bowls. (I use 2 Pyrex glass bowls.)
  3. 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.
  4. Begin warming your oils in your crock-pot or in the microwave while the lye water is cloudy.
  5. 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.
  6. Once both the lye/water and oils are around the same temperate, it is now time to add the lye/water to the oil.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.)
  10. Once trace has occurred, add the fragrance oil and mix again to incorporate the fragrance throughout.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.)

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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.

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