Pine Tar Soap
20 oz. Lard
8 oz. Coconut Oil
4 oz. Sunflower Oil
12 oz. Coffee (a little extra was added because pine tar soap comes to trace so fast)
1 oz. Honey
2 oz. Pine Tar
4.5 oz. Lye
Special Note: I made 2 batches - in one batch I put 3 tbs finely ground coffee, for an exfoliant - the other I did not.
- I started by getting all my supplies out and ready. Tools, oils, lye, protection gear, scale - all of it. I took awhile doing this to be sure I had everything covered, so I wouldn't be trying to hunt something down during the process.
- I then wanted to the the lye part out of the way, so it could be cooling while I mixed the rest. I usually do the oils first, but with this recipe I want to do it all at close to room temperature - because the the unique way pine tar soap is. It will come to trace extremely fast! The lower temperature of everything will help slow it some. I used an ice bath for the coffee and lye.
- Once that was done I left the lye mixture in the measuring cup in the sink while I work on the rest. (In the other half of the sink, not left in the ice bath.)
- I measured out all the oils, honey, and pine tar.
- I placed the hard oils in the crock pot to melt, and added the honey in with it. Warm soft honey is easier to mix in.
- Once melted I put all the oil in a bowl. I didn't heat up the sunflower oil, since it's so soft, and I am working to do all of this at a much lower temperature - 90 or less.
- Then added in the pine tar, and mixed it all very well before adding the lye mixture. Do not use an immersion blender with this soap. Just mix with a wooden spoon or whisk. Shouldn't take more than a few minutes.
- With my husband's help we poured the soap into our 3" pvc pipe mold. I'll take it out of the mold in 24-48 hours, depending on how it looks after the first 24 hours (if it's hardened enough).
These are the 3 pine tar soaps we made in the picture above - 1 with coffee grounds (for an exfoliant), 1 plain, and 1 that was poured with coconut milk soap (for moisturizing). Before we wrap them up we'll smooth out the edges a little. Makes them look a little nicer. For now we're just letting them dry out on some trays I have. They need to cure and harden for 4-6 weeks.