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Tallow Soap Recipe

tallow soap recipe

Soap making is an art and science that has been practiced for centuries. Making your own soap is a great way to save money, reduce waste, and avoid harmful chemicals. In this article, we will share with you a recipe for tallow soap that is easy to make and produces a quality soap bar.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Soap Making
  • Recipe Cuisine: American
  • Aggregate Rating: 5/5


  • 1 pound tallow
  • 1/2 pound coconut oil
  • 1/4 pound olive oil
  • 1/4 pound castor oil
  • 1/2 cup lye
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup essential oil (optional)


  1. Before starting, make sure you have all the necessary equipment: safety goggles, gloves, a stainless steel pot, a digital scale, a stick blender, and a soap mold.
  2. Melt the tallow and coconut oil in a stainless steel pot over low heat.
  3. Add the olive oil and castor oil to the pot and stir well.
  4. In a separate container, mix the lye and water. Be careful, this mixture will get hot and release fumes. Stir until the lye is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the lye mixture to the pot of oils and stir well. Use the stick blender to mix the ingredients until you reach trace - this is when the mixture thickens and you can see a trace of the blender in the mixture.
  6. If you want to add essential oils, now is the time to do so. Stir well.
  7. Pour the soap mixture into a soap mold and let it sit for 24 hours.
  8. After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold and cut it into bars. Let the bars cure for 4-6 weeks before using.


NutrientAmount per Serving
Total Fat10g
Saturated Fat5g
Total Carbohydrate0g
Dietary Fiber0g
Total Sugars0g


  • Q: Can I use a different type of oil instead of tallow?
  • A: Yes, you can substitute tallow with lard or palm oil.
  • Q: Is it necessary to wear gloves and goggles?
  • A: Yes, it is important to protect your skin and eyes from the lye mixture.
  • Q: How do I know when the soap has reached trace?
  • A: You will see a trace of the blender in the mixture and it will be thick and creamy.
  • Q: Can I use fragrance oils instead of essential oils?
  • A: Yes, you can use fragrance oils, but they may contain synthetic chemicals that are not as natural as essential oils.
  • Q: How long does the soap need to cure?
  • A: The soap needs to cure for 4-6 weeks to allow the excess water to evaporate and the soap to harden.


Soap making can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it does require some practice and patience. Here are some tips to help you make the best tallow soap:

1. Use high quality, food-grade ingredients to ensure the best results.

2. Measure your ingredients carefully to ensure accuracy.

3. Use a digital scale to weigh your ingredients - volume measurements can be less accurate.