Dr. Bronner’s


made with certified fair trade ingredients and organic hemp oil for a soft, smooth lather that won’t dry your skin. 100% biodegradable in a 100% post-consumer recycled wrapper

Base Ingredients

Organic Coconut Oil*
Organic Palm Oil*
Sodium Hydroxide*
Organic Olive Oil*

Organic Hemp Oil*
Organic Jojoba Oil*
Sea Salt*
Citric Acid*

Peppermint (addons)

Mentha Piperita
Mentha Arvensis

Almond (addon)

Natural Almond Fragrance

Citrus (addons)

Organic Orange Oil
Organic Lemon Oil
Organic Lime Oil

Lavendar (addons)

Lavandin Extract
Lavendar Extract

How To Make


Many soap purists will say that to truly be “castile” soap, it has to be made from 100% olive oil. And while you certainly can make soap from 100% olive oil, most will describe it as “slimy.”

Recipe #1
(more traditional)

  • 80% olive oil
  • 10% palm oil
  • 10% coconut oil

Or, to make about 4.5 lbs of soap, you would use:

  • 40 oz. olive oil
  • 5 oz. palm oil
  • 5 oz. coconut oil
  • 16 oz. water
  • 6.7 oz. lye
  • Between 1.5 and 2.2 oz of fragrance or essential oil, according to your preference

Recipe #2
(more lather)

  • 60% olive oil
  • 20% palm oil
  • 20% coconut Oil

Or, to make about 4.5 lbs of soap, you would use:

  • 30 oz. olive oil
  • 10 oz. palm oil
  • 10 oz. coconut oil
  • 16 oz. water
  • 7 oz. lye
  • Between 1.5 and 2.2 oz of fragrance or essential oil, according to your preference

Recipe #3
(more creamy)

  • 60% olive oil
  • 10% palm oil
  • 20% coconut oil
  • 10% canola oil

Or, to make about 4.5 lbs of soap, you would use:

  • 30 oz. olive oil
  • 5 oz. palm oil
  • 10 oz. coconut oil
  • 5 oz. canola oil
  • 16 oz. water
  • 6.9 oz. lye
  • Between 1.5 and 2.2 oz of fragrance or essential oil, according to your preference

Recipe #4
(without palm oil, more lather)

  • 80% olive Oil
  • 20% coconut Oil

Or, to make about 4.5 lbs of soap, you would use:

  • 40 oz. olive oil
  • 10 oz. coconut oil
  • 16 oz. water
  • 6.9 oz. lye
  • Between 1.5 and 2.2 oz of fragrance or essential oil, according to your preference

Glowing Soap:

Starter Glow in the Dark Soap Tutorial:

Night Glow Powder:

Clear Soap Recipe:


Oils – 500 grams

  • Castor Oil – 100 grams (20%)
  • Coconut Oil – 150 grams (30%)
  • Tallow – 150 grams (30%)
  • Stearic Acid – 60 grams (12%)
  • Avocado Oil – 40 grams (8%)

Lye Solution

  • Lye – 76 grams (0% superfat to reduce cloudiness)
  • Distilled Water – 152 grams (double lye amount)

Solvents (equal to 100% of oils)

  • Glycerin – 125 grams (25% of oils)
  • Denatured Alcohol – 250 grams (50% of oils)
  • Sugar – 125 grams (25% of oils)
  • Water – 83 grams (to create sugar solution)

Safety Warning: Avoid open flames and wear safety gear!

Step 1 – Weigh the oils (castor, coconut, tallow & avocado) and glycerin into your crock pot and melt. (Do not add the stearic acid yet.)

Step 2 – Weigh the lye and distilled water into two separate containers. Add the lye to the water while stirring to create a solution. Be sure to mix in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves.

Step 3 – You don’t have to let it cool down. Pour the lye solution into your melted oils/glycerin and blend to trace.

Step 4 – Weigh out the stearic acid + about 10 extra grams. Melt using a double boiler on the stove.

Step 5 – Place your crock pot onto a scale and hit tare. Weigh your stearic acid into the crock pot. The extra stearic that you measured out to melt will ensure you don’t come up short if any sticks to your container while pouring.

Step 6 – Blend again. It will get quite thick because of the stearic acid.

Step 7 – Weigh out the denatured alcohol and add to mixture. Stir quickly, breaking up the soap. It will start to dissolve a bit in the alcohol. Scrape the sides of the crock pot to get all of it mixed together.

Step 8 – Immediately cover with Press & Seal and the lid. Set to cook. You want as little evaporation of the alcohol to happen as possible so that it remains in the soap mixture to dissolve the soap.

Step 9 – Let the soap cook for 2 hours. During this time the solvents will work on dissolving the soap crystals that form, creating a clear soap. No need to stir.

Step 10 – After two hours, test your soap for clarity. You can do this by pouring a bit of soap mixture onto a cold glass cup. When you first remove the press and seal, you’ll notice lots of foam. I simply sprayed with alcohol and it went away.

Step 11 – Create your sugar solution by combing sugar and water into a pot and heating. The sugar should dissolve pretty quickly with high heat. If it doesn’t, add a bit more water.

Step 12 – Add the sugar solution to the crock pot and mix. Cover and cook for 30 minutes – 1 hour longer.

Step 13 – You can check the clearness again if you want. You can then decide to add more alcohol or sugar solution. I left mine as-is.

Step 14 – Once you declare it done, it is time to scent, color and mold. I didn’t add scent because I was going to use this as embeds for cold process soap. I did add a bit of blue mica to turn it green (the natural color of this soap is yellow

Step 15 – Pour into molds. Spray with alcohol to reduce bubbles on the surface.

Step 16 – After 24 hours un-mold. You can un-mold it as soon as it hardens, which is usually less than 24 hours.

Step 17 – Let this soap cure for 4-6 weeks. During the cure the soap actually gets more clear!

Translucent Soap Recipe:

  1. Put a clear cup or glass in the freezer, you will need it to test the transparency of your soap.
  2. Measure your oils and heat them up in the slow cooker, I use a 4 quarts slow cooker, anything smaller would not work for this recipe.
  3. Mix the lye with 6 oz of water and set aside to cool.
  4. When the oils and the lye are about 140F, pour the lye solution into the oils and stir with the stick blender, it should take only a few minutes to get to a good medium trace.
  5. Leave the soap in the slow cooker on warm and check it after an hour to see if it is going through the gel stage, I am not sure how long it will take for the soap to become neutral that way, but it should not take more than 2 hours. Try to minimize water loss because we already took a big water discount.
  6. After 1 1/2 hour, your soap should be neutral (PH of 9 – 10.5 is fine). The entire soap mass should be in the gel stage. (To test using Litmus paper, dissolve some of the soap into a little bit of water and apply the paper to the soap, this should give you a good reading)
  7. Measure 13.5 oz of Alcohol and 3 oz of Glycerin. Mix the Glycerin into the Alcohol and then, off heat, start pouring into the soap mass while stirring with a whisk. Pour the Alcohol/Glycerin mix in slowly, taking time to break up lumps of soap. You must work quickly in order to minimize the loss of Alcohol, but do not panic and go too fast, take the time to break the big lumps. Finish with the stick blender or a potato masher, anything that will break the bigger pieces. Make sure you get all the soap that sticks to the sides and the bottom of the bowl. All the soap will not dissolve completely right way, you will have pieces of soap floating in a soupy mixture of Alcohol/Glycerin and dissolved soap. That’s alright, the little lumps will dissolve during the cook. Beware of fumes and flammable vapors.
  8. Put the cover back on the crock pot insert and put the insert back in the slow cooker. Cook on warm (depending on your slow cooker, you may have to start it on high for a few min., then put it back on warm) for 30 – 45 min. Check it once in a while, the temperature should be between 160 – 180F.
  9. After 30 – 40 minutes of cooking time, check to see if the soap is well dissolved, there will be a layer of foamy soap on top, spray that down with some alcohol in a spray bottle. Stir with a clean spoon. Some of it won’t want to go back into the solution and will float on top, do not worry, this is normal, we will address that a bit later.
  10. Prepare your sugar syrup. Heat 4 oz of water to a boil, turn off the heat, pour in 8 oz of sugar and stir until all the sugar is dissolve. Turn the heat back on and bring it back to a boil, then let simmer covered for 1 – 2 min to make sure all the sugar is well dissolved.
  11. Pour the sugar solution into the soap and stir. Take a large soup ladle and skim the foamy soap from the top, put that in a small dish, mash it and scent it, add a little bit of glycerin to it and pour it in a mold as extra bonus soap byproduct.
  12. Get the cup you put in the freezer before you began the soap, and pour a little bit of the clear soap stock on it to test the transparency. At first the soap sample may look transparent, but it may not be, put the cup in the freezer for 5 – 10 min and look at it again. If your soap looks milky, it needs more solvents.
  13. The soap is perfectly fine on warm setting in the crock pot, as long as you keep the mixture around 160F, you can take all night to adjust it if you want, just make sure to spritz some Alcohol on it and then put the cover on to minimize the loss of Alcohol in between tests.
  14. In my case, I added .5 oz of Alcohol. My soap was still not transparent enough, so I added 2 oz of sugar dissolved in 1 oz of water. Finally, I added 2 oz of glycerin, 1 oz at a time. (For a total of 14 oz of Alcohol, 10 oz of sugar in 5 oz of water and 5 oz of glycerin)
  15. I finally had a clear sample, so it was time to pour the soap into a jar to let it cool down a little. I poured through a strainer, to keep any soap flecks or foam out of the final soap stock.
  16. Cover the jar with some Press’n Seal and insert a thermometer, let the soap cool to about 140F before you add the colors and the fragrance.
  17. When your soap has cooled off to 140F, scent and color it, then pour it into molds. (There will be a skin on top of the soap, spritz it with a little alcohol and then mix it, it should dissolve). You may have some foam on top of the soap after you pour it in the molds, a good spritz of Alcohol should take care of it. (Note: I pour my soap in my molds through a small strainer, just to make sure)
  18. If you can, put the molds in the freezer, the faster the cool off, the more transparent the soap.
  19. After a few hours, check the soap, if it is hard enough, you can unmold it, take it out of the freezer and wait about 5 min. before you pop the soap out of the mold. Be careful not to touch it too much, because at this point, you will leave fingerprints on it. Let the soap dry and cure for about 2 weeks before you use it, during those two weeks, it will become harder and even more transparent. A skin will form on top of the soap, polish it with alcohol and then wrap in shrink wrap to keep the humidity out.