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Making Beef Tallow Soap

beef tallow soap

Soap-making is a fun and rewarding hobby that allows you to create customized bars of soap using natural ingredients. Beef tallow, which is a rendered form of beef fat, is a popular ingredient in soap-making because it produces a hard bar with good lather and moisturizing properties. In this article, we will discuss how to make soap with beef tallow.

Ingredients for making beef tallow soap:

  • 16 oz beef tallow
  • 6 oz coconut oil
  • 4 oz olive oil
  • 2 oz castor oil
  • 4.4 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 10-12 oz water
  • Essential oils (optional)

Soap Making Equipment needed:

  • Digital scale
  • Stainless steel or heat-resistant plastic mixing bowl
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • Soap molds
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves

Step 1:

Prepare the lye solution The first step in soap-making is to prepare the lye solution. Put on your safety goggles and gloves, and carefully weigh out 4.4 oz of lye. In a well-ventilated area, slowly add the lye to 10-12 oz of water, stirring until the lye has dissolved. The lye solution will become very hot, so be sure to let it cool to around 100°F before using.

Step 2:

Melt the oils Next, weigh out 16 oz of beef tallow, 6 oz of coconut oil, 4 oz of olive oil, and 2 oz of castor oil into a stainless steel or heat-resistant plastic mixing bowl. Melt the oils over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 3:

Mix the oils and lye solution Once the oils have melted and cooled to around 100°F, slowly pour the lye solution into the oils, stirring constantly with a stick blender. The mixture will start to thicken and trace, which means it has reached the point where it will form a solid soap.

Step 4:

Add essential oils (optional) If you wish to add essential oils for fragrance or additional therapeutic properties, do so now. Add 20-30 drops of essential oil and blend well.

Step 5:

Pour into molds Once the soap has reached a thick, pudding-like consistency, pour it into soap molds. Smooth out the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon.

Step 6:

Let the soap cure Cover the molds with a towel or cardboard box to keep them insulated, and let the soap cure for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the soap from the molds and cut into bars. Let the bars cure for at least 4-6 weeks in a cool, dry place before using.

Making soap with beef tallow is a rewarding and enjoyable process that allows you to create a natural and moisturizing bar of soap. By following these simple steps, you can create your own customized soap using high-quality ingredients. Happy soap-making!

beef tallow soap