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Quick and Easy Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Recipe for Soap

Updated on May 17, 2012

Making soap at home is not as difficult as it sounds, once you know the basics. This recipe for soap is simple for a first timer to make. As a bonus, the ingredients are basic and very affordable and also offer gentle cleansing and moisturization.


807g Olive Oil

298g Lard

71g Shea Butter

272 Aloe and Water Puree

191g Caustic Soda

283g Water

Essential Oils (optional)


This soap can be made in a few very easy steps and first you should mix the water and caustic soda together first. TIP: Always add caustic soda to the water and never the other way around. Adding the water to the caustic soda could cause a big reaction and the lye could splash out of the container. Once the caustic soda has been mixed with the water, add the solution to the oil mixture. To make the oil mixture, heat the lard, olive oil, and Shea butter together until everything is melted down completely. Make the water and Aloe gel puree by adding water to aloe gel until it reaches the ideal weight of 272g. Add the puree and the essential oils before the soap starts to trace, and then let the mixture stand for 24 hours to allow it to set.

Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Soap

There are two ingredients in this soap that offer really potent beauty and skin benefits. The first is Aloe Vera and the second is Olive oil. Aloe has been called a miracle plant, because of its soothing, healing and nourishing properties. The amino acids it contains along with minerals, enzymes and vitamins, make it the perfect ingredient for homemade soaps, creams and lotions.

You ‘ll be hard pressed to find a better moisturizer than olive oil. It’s something we all have in our kitchen cupboards and is just the thing to moisturize our skins as well. This ingredient sees to it that the soap won’t have a drying effect on your skin, so you’re moisturizing while you cleanse. It contains both vitamin E and A and these antioxidants will also help fight free-radical damage.

This simple and easy-to-make soap recipe has so many beauty benefits, and yet it’s easy enough for even a beginner to make. Once you’ve tried this you’ll see that it’s not only easy on your skin, but easy on your wallet too! TIP: Caustic soda can cause chemical burns so be sure to take extra care to avoid skin contact with it. Rinse off any implements you use that might have caustic soda residue on it with a vinegar and water solution to neutralize it before handling them.


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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Terry thanks for your comment. Yes you have to mix the water and caustic soda together first. I rewrote the instructions somewhat to clarify. Always add the caustic soda to the water and never the other way around. You could end up with a big reaction and the lye can splash out of the container. It's also best to wear clothing with long sleeves, gloves, and safety goggles to prevent any lye/caustic soda burns.

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      Terry Totten 5 years ago

      Do you mix the caustic with water before you put it in the oli?

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      It is great fun! I am a kitchen chemist at heart, so I love playing around with new ingredients and whipping up new combinations. It's a great way to get access to all natural and organic skin care products on the cheap.

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      That looks like so much fun!

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hello Linda. Thanks for your comment. This recipe makes approximately 4 pounds of soap. If you need a smaller batch just halve the ingredients. You should leave the soap in the molds until it's completely solid. Just how long that takes depends on the size of the mold, the temperature etc, so give it at least 24 hours, and if it's not completely solid yet, leave it a while longer. You can try online health stores to find the ingredients, or have a look at Amazon or eBay to get better prices.

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      Linda 5 years ago

      How much soap does this recipe make? Also, any tips for how long it stays in the molds before removing it and where to get the ingredients? Thanks, I'd love to try making it.