Marbled Clay Hot Process Soap
Recipe type: Hot Process Soap
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Serves: Approx. 2 pounds of soap
  • 1.2 oz. Avocado Butter
  • 2.3 oz. Avocado Oil
  • 5.8 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 6.9 oz. Olive Oil
  • 5.8 oz. Palm Oil
  • 1.2 oz. Shea Butter
  • 3.3 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 7.7 oz. Distilled Water
  • .7 oz. Sodium Lactate
  • .5 oz. Fresh Mango Fragrance Oil
  • .5 oz. Kumquat Fragrance Oil
  • Dark Red Brazilian Clay
  • Yellow Silt Clay
  • Marigold (Calendula) Petals
  1. Disperse 1 teaspoon red Brazilian clay into 1 tablespoon distilled water. Disperse 1 teaspoon yellow silt clay into 1 tablespoon distilled water. Use a mini mixer to disperse any clumps.
  2. In a glass container, combine .5 oz. of Fresh Mango Fragrance Oil and .5 oz. of Kumquat Fragrance Oil. Set aside.
  3. Suit up for safe handling practices! Goggles, gloves, and long sleeves are your soap making uniform. Be sure that kids and pets are out of the house or unable to access your soaping space, and always soap in a well-ventilated area. Make sure the soap volume will not fill up more than half of your crock pot.
  4. Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, add sodium lactate. Sodium lactate in hot process helps produce a smoother bar.
  5. Melt and combine the palm and coconut oils. Add the shea butter, avocado butter to the warmed oils and still until melted. Add the olive, and avocado and stir to combine. Pour the oils into your Crock Pot’s pot. Slowly add the lye water to the oils.
  6. Mix with a stick blender until a thick trace is achieved.
  7. Put the lid on the Crock Pot and set it to low. After 15 minutes, check the soap to see the progress made. Starting from the outside, the texture and color of the soap will start to change. If the middle does not appear to be changing, stir the batch to ensure even cooking. Don’t be surprised if the soap starts to grow in volume. Do not leave your soap unattended in the first 30 minutes of cook time for this reason. If the soap gets too high in the pot, take the pot off heat and stir like crazy.
  8. The batch will be ready when it’s the texture of mashed potatoes. This may take another 15 minute session or even two or three more stir’n’waits. When you think it’s ready, use a pH strip to test the levels. It should be showing below a 10. Be sure not to overcook the soap; you don’t want too dry a texture for the next steps! NOTE: The amount of time that the soap takes in the Crock Pot phase can depend on the size and shape of your Crock Pot. The flatter ones meant for roasts may go a bit quicker because the soap will be spread out thinner on the heated surface. Because this is a small batch of soap, you may find it will cook faster than larger batches. For our standard Crock Pot, the soap took 20 minutes to cook.
  9. When the soap is ready, add the fragrance oil blend and mix well.
  10. Split the soap into three even parts, leaving one part in the crock pot and transferring the other to into separate containers to add clays. Color one split batch with all the dispersed yellow silt clay, and the other with all the dispersed red Brazilian Clay. Stir in each of the colors well.
  11. Move all the uncolored soap still in the Crock Pot to one side of the pot. Spoon the red colored soap next to the uncolored soap. Spoon the yellow colored soap into the pot, next to the red soap.
  12. Using a dowel or chopstick, swirl the three colors together by moving the swirling tool to one side of the Crock Pot to the other. Continue to swirl the colors together several times, until they are slightly combined.
  13. Using a large spoon, transfer the soap into the mold, tapping the mold down on the counter in between each scoop.
  14. Once all the soap has been transferred, cover the top with calendula petals and press gently into the soap to help adhere.
Recipe by Soap Queen at