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This pure tallow soap recipe uses only 100% tallow as the oil ingredient. 

Pure tallow soap recipe

Pure tallow soap recipe

Grass fed tallow fans will love this pure tallow soap recipe. It’s very easy, so it’s perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to make soap from scratch.

I have a skincare shop (which you can check out here). I’ve been making soap with a blend of tallow, coconut oil, and olive oil for a while. It’s really nice! All of the oils compliment and enhance one another. However, I kept getting requests from my shop customers for a pure tallow soap. In answer to those requests, I created this pure tallow soap recipe.

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Why use tallow for soap making?

If you’ve spent much time following me, you already know that I love grass fed beef tallow. It’s such an amazing thing. Grass fed beef tallow contains an incredible amount of nutrients that are good for skin.

I talk about what tallow is here, and why skin loves grass fed tallow here. You can read even more in depth about the benefits of beef tallow here.

Tallow is an ideal fat for soap making. It is readily available, provides hardness and creaminess to the finished soap bars, and is wonderful for skin. I love using it either on its own in this pure tallow soap recipe, or along with a blend of other oils.

For more info on all the reasons why I love to add tallow to my soap recipes, check out this post on why add tallow to soap here

A true homesteader’s soap

I also love the fact that our homesteading ancestors made tallow soap like this for their own use. It’s kind of like a step back in time to make it ourselves today.

How to make pure tallow soap recipe

Things to know about soap making

If you’re new to making soap from scratch, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind. Soap making uses lye in order to turn the oils into soap. No lye is left over after the soap making is complete and the bars are cured, so there’s no reason to worry about that. However, during the soap making process, we do have to handle the lye, and it’s important to use some care.

Lye is extremely alkaline, and the lye water or liquid soap mixture can burn skin if some splashes on you. I recommend wearing gloves, long sleeves, and eye protection when working with lye. Also, when the lye is mixed into the water, there are some fumes that are produced. For this reason, it’s best to mix the lye water outdoors.

That’s it! I know that these thing can seem a little bit intimidating at first, but don’t let that stop you from getting started with learning how to make soap from scratch. It’s such a fun thing to do once you get comfortable with it. If you follow the safety procedures, everything will be fine.

In this post here I go over the soap making process, and talk about all of the equipment you’ll want to have on hand. I recommend checking that post out before you begin.

Customize it

Like so many other DIY skincare items that you can make yourself, this pure tallow soap recipe can be personalized with different essential oils. You can do a single scent, or get creative and use a blend of essential oils.

It is good to keep in mind that certain essential oils come through better as soap scents than others. Citrus oils are often too mild to scent soap well. Some of my personal favorites are peppermint, lavender, and lemongrass.

Of course, you can also leave out the essential oils altogether, and it will be just like a traditional homesteader’s tallow soap. People with very sensitive skin might find that they like the unscented version best, too.

Pure tallow soap recipe and tutorial

Pure tallow soap recipe directions

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Weigh tallow and put into a crockpot. I find it is easiest to melt the tallow before weighing. If tallow is below 100 degrees F, turn the crockpot on low to gently heat the tallow.
  2. Weigh the water in a heat safe container or sturdy plastic bucket, and weigh lye separately.
  3. Check the temperature of the tallow. You want it to be 100 degrees F. Let tallow cool if necessary.
  4. Once tallow is 100 degrees F, take the lye and water outdoors. Wearing gloves and safety goggles, carefully and slowly pour the lye into the water. Stir gently.
  5. Once the lye water has turned from cloudy to clear, leave it to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully pour the lye water into the tallow.
  7. Use an immersion blender to mix the soap. After a few minutes, it will grow creamy, and start to thicken. Mix until it has reached “trace,” the light pudding consistency.
  8. Add the essential oils (if using) and blend again to incorporate.
  9. Pour soap into molds, top with wax paper, and wrap molds in towels.
  10. After 24 hours, remove soap from mold and slice into bars. Let cure in an area with good air flow for 4 weeks.

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Yield: 8 bars

Pure Tallow Soap

Pure tallow soap recipe

This pure tallow soap recipe uses only 100% tallow as the oil ingredient. 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. tallow
  • 4.2 oz. lye
  • 12.16 oz. water
  • 1.5 fl. oz. essential oils, optional

Instructions

  1. Weigh tallow and put into a crockpot. I find it is easiest to melt the tallow before weighing. If tallow is below 100 degrees F, turn the crockpot on low to gently heat the tallow.
  2. Weigh the water in a heat safe container or sturdy plastic bucket, and weigh lye separately.
  3. Check the temperature of the tallow. You want it to be 100 degrees F. Let tallow cool if necessary.
  4. Once tallow is 100 degrees F, take the lye and water outdoors. Wearing gloves and safety goggles, carefully and slowly pour the lye into the water. Stir gently.
  5. Once the lye water has turned from cloudy to clear, leave it to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully pour the lye water into the tallow.
  7. Use an immersion blender to mix the soap. After a few minutes, it will grow creamy, and start to thicken. Mix until it has reached “trace,” the light pudding consistency.
  8. Add the essential oils (if using) and blend again to incorporate.
  9. Pour soap into molds, top with wax paper, and wrap molds in towels.
  10. After 24 hours, remove soap from mold and slice into bars. Let cure in an area with good air flow for 4 weeks.
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