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RECIPE: A Walk in the Woods (Balsam Pine) Cold Process Soap

It is that time of the year! The air is crisp and soon snow will blanket the ground where some of you live. If you haven’t started making soap for the holidays, it is time. This soap smells like you are walking through the woods on a wintry day. The design of this soap is super easy to accomplish and is quite stunning

Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: (8) 1" Slices


  • 8 Ounce(s) Distilled Water
  • 4.1 Ounce(s) Sodium Hydroxide Flakes
  • 12 Ounce(s) Coconut Oil - 76º Melt
  • 2 Ounce(s) Shea Butter - Natural
  • 10 Ounce(s) Olive Oil - Refined A
  • 2 Ounce(s) Hemp Seed Oil - Natural
  • 2 Ounce(s) Soybean Oil
  • 1.5 Ounce(s) Windsong Balsam Pine Fragrance Oil 519
  • 1/8 Teaspoon(s) Matte Teal Green Pigment Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon(s) Matte Woodland Green Pigment Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) White Sparkle Mica Powder
  • 1 Piece(s) Regular Loaf Silicone Mold 1501


  •  Scale - Digital Display (Professional)
  •  Thermometer - Infrared, Professional (Gun Style)
  •  Stick Blender
  •  3 Mixing Bowls
  •  Microwave
  •  Stove Top
  •  Spatula
  •  Measuring Spoons
  •  Safety Equipment (gloves, goggles, mask)
  •  3 Containers for Mixing Soap/Color
  •  Straight Soap Cutter

Recipe Directions

  1. NOTE: This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
  2. Put on your protective gear. This is very important since you will be working with an extremely caustic base that can and will burn you if you touch it. Noxious fumes are also released from the exothermic reaction that occurs when you mix the sodium hydroxide with water. 
  3. Wear a face mask or leave the vicinity quickly after stirring the sodium hydroxide into the water. If you get any lye on your skin just wash it off quickly with copious amounts of cool water.
  4. Prepare the lye solution by weighing the water and lye in two separate containers. Pour the lye into the water, carefully mix in a well-ventilated area and set aside to cool while you prepare your oils.
  5. Melt the solid oils (coconut 76 and shea butter) either by microwave or stovetop. Melt just until melted and no more.    
  6. Add the liquid oils to melted oils to bring the temperature down. Add the fragrance oil and stir.
  7. Once the lye has cooled down to under 90° F, pour the lye solution into oils and blend until very light trace.
  8. Divide the soap into three containers.
  9. Scoop the matte teal pigment into one container and blend using the stickblender quickly. Don’t blend for a long time or it will get too thick. Repeat for the matte woodland green pigment and for the white mica.
  10. You should now have three containers, one dark green, one light green and one white.
    Your soap has probably thickened up a bit. That’s okay and usually works well with this design. 
  11. Starting with the white, pour a strip of soap down the center of the mold. Continuing with one of the green soaps, pour a strip of soap down the middle of the mold on top of the white soap. Repeat for the other green. Repeat until the mold is full. Thicker soap produces bigger color parts like in the picture above. Thinner pours create smaller color parts. 
  12. Allow your soap to harden overnight and unmold the next day. If the soap is too soft, allow soap to harden for 48 hours.
  13. Cut and cure for a minimum of four weeks. 

INCI Ingredient Label: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Fragrance, Chromium Oxide and Chromium Hydroxide Green.

Wholesale Supplies Plus is not responsible for the products you create from our supplies. You alone are responsible for product and recipe testing to ensure compatibility and safety.
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"I made this soap yesterday, and it turned out beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it...I can't wait to try it! Deb"

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Posted By: Debra   |   November 20, 2015

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"No questions, just a huge thank you for a beautiful cold process recipe. Most of your recipes use MP base, and I am thrilled to see something for the more advanced soap maker. Please more recipes like this one! Sabine"

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Posted By: Sabine   |   November 15, 2015

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