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RECIPE: Bamboo Teak (Palm-Free) Cold Process Soap

This soap features beautifully detailed bamboo leaves and is complemented by Bamboo Teak fragrance oil. The recipe was formulated to be palm-free yet still works with the detailed plastic mold! 

Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 2 Hours
Yield: (6) 3.25 oz. bars


  • 5.75 Ounce(s) Distilled Water
  • 2.3 Ounce(s) Sodium Hydroxide Flakes
  • 6.4 Ounce(s) Olive Oil - Pomace
  • 4.8 Ounce(s) Coconut Oil - 76º Melt
  • 1.15 Ounce(s) Shea Butter - Natural
  • 3.2 Ounce(s) Sunflower Oil - Refined
  • 0.45 Ounce(s) Castor Oil
  • 0.25 Ounce(s) Sodium Lactate 60%
  • 1/8 Teaspoon(s) Matte Woodland Green Pigment Powder
  • 1 Ounce(s) Bamboo Teak Fragrance Oil 283
  • 0.50 Ounce(s) Vanilla Color Stabilizer - CP Soap
  • 1 Piece(s) Bamboo Leaves Soap Mold Tray (MW 270)


  •  Microwave
  •  Scale - Digital Display (Professional)
  •  Thermometer - Infrared, Dual Laser
  •  Stick Blender
  •  32 oz. Glass Measuring Bowl
  •  Heat-Safe Pitcher (to mix lye)
  •  Lye-Safe Measuring Cup (to measure lye)
  •4 Piece(s) Beaker - Natural Polypropylene
  •  Mix & Pour Funnel Pitcher
  •  Measuring Spoons
  •  Straight Soap Cutter
  •  Mini Mixer - Cordless
  •  Spatula

Recipe Directions

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 all safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Measure the oils and butters in the glass bowl and melt in the microwave. To mix your color, pour a small amount of the oils into your plastic beaker. Add colorant and mix well with mini mixer. Set aside remaining oils for later.
  4. In separate plastic beakers measure out fragrance oil, sodium lactate and vanilla color stabilizer and set aside. 
  5. When the lye/water has cooled to 120ºF or below, add the sodium lactate to the lye/water and mix well. Combine your fragrance and stabilizer together and mix well.
  6. When the oils/butters are also below 120ºF pour the lye mixture into the oils/butters and stick blend until you reach a light trace. Add the fragrance/stabilizer mixture and mix by hand or with a few short bursts of the stick blender.
  7. Pour half of the batter (12 oz.) into the funnel pitcher. Add the premixed green colorant from earlier and mix well. Pour green batter into mold and tap the mold on the counter to release any air bubbles.
  8. Gently spoon the remaining uncolored soap batter into the mold and tap the mold on the counter to release any air bubbles. Using a spatula, you can smooth out the soap.
  9. Allow to set at least 24 hours or longer until soap is firm enough to unmold. Remove soap from mold and slice into bars.
  10. Let soap cure 4-6 weeks. Package and label accordingly.

INCI Ingredient Label: Olive Oil, Water, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Shea Butter, Fragrance, Sodium Lactate, Chromium Oxide.

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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