Things You'll Need
All-natural Castile (olive oil based) soap
2 tbsp all-natural, unprocessed shea butter
1 tbsp finely ground almonds (optional, but a nice addition for a gentle exfoliating soap with a nice scent)
A double boiler, or a small pot that can be placed inside of a bigger pot
Small plastic food containers for molds
A mixing spoon
A drying rack
Boil tap water in a double-broiler. Grate your castile soap until you have two full cups.
Add this to the inner double-boiler, with ½ cup of distilled water.
Melt it over medium high heat, stirring frequently until the soap is completely melted and stringy when you pull up the spoon. Remove it from the heat.
Add the shea butter and almonds, stirring gently until the mixture is well blended. Pour into small plastic food containers and let dry and harden for several hours. They should pop out when completely hard.
Place on the drying rack and allow soap to set for 3 weeks, turning regularly throughout the day to prevent the bars from warping.
Simply wrap the shea butter soaps in plastic wrap to preserve them, or use them in your next bath.
For a faster melting time, use your microwave.
A double boiler would be preferable to avoid loss of its natural consistency
If you are allergic to latex, you will want to do a small patch test before you slather shea butter all over.