How To Use Bacon Grease For Soapmaking

I’ve had many requests for soap recently, and it’s taking over my crafting table. I’ve got a list of my own beyond the special requests. Lard soap, Soleseife & Pine Tar, carrot puree…

For the past month I have been collecting bacon grease into a air tight heat safe container. I have saved up about 3 cups.

After collecting a good amount to soap with you will want to fill a pan with a few inches of cold water. Make sure you have plenty of room for boiling to happen, you don’t want a grease boil over. To the water you want to add your cooled and hardened bacon grease. Cover and bring these to a low to medium boil for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl through cheesecloth to remove particulate bacon from the oil. Discard cheesecloth. Cover and place oil and water in the fridge until the oil is cold and solid, the water will be dark brown.

Once it’s solid you can take a spoon and scoop the lard into a clean pan and discard the dirty water. Add fresh water to the oil and repeat the process until you have clean white lard. Some lard will take more straining you might need to boil it twice… you might need to boil it six times depending on how dirty it is to start.

Be careful boiling oil on top of water, if it’s a thick layer it can press down on the water letting it heat up and delays the start of it boiling, when it starts to boil it can sort of erupt into a rapid boil so I advise keeping it covered or you’ll have hot oil droplets going everywhere. Once you are done you can pour off the oil from the water and you are ready to soap.



Pumpkin Spice Aloe & Shea Soap Recipe


I used fresh aloe vera gel in place of the water and a large amount of shea butter went into this recipe. Since it will be done curing in October I added orange and black colorant and a pumpkin spice scent. On the side I poured several unscented and plain aloe & shea bars as well. The white in this soap will darken a bit as it cures so you will need to use titanium Dioxide to keep white soap white.




7.5 oz Coconut Oil

6 oz Palm Oil

4.5 oz Shea Butter

4.5 oz Olive Oil

3 oz Castor Oil

3 oz Sunflower Oil

1.5 oz Hemp Seed Oil

4.17 oz Sodium Hydroxide

9.90 oz Aloe Vera Gel

(46.53 oz by weight total)



This recipe has a 5% Superfat,  is 33% Aloe Vera Gel. Scented with 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Fragrance oil.

Colorants used: Activated Charcoal powder, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Titanium Dioxide to maintain white color.

I did not add TD and this is the same soap 3 days later after darkening, it would be better with TD in my opinion..



Making Aloe Vera Gel For Cold Process Soap

You will want to use several Aloe Vera leaves. You will hopefully be able to find them in the specialty produce section of a well stocked grocery store.
Avoid any damaged leaves or bruises where the gel has turned dark. I bought three of them and one was completely bruised with dark colored gel which I did not detect when I bought it. I recommend either picking up an extra leaf or if you do not have enough you can substitute with distilled water.
Wash and then trim the spiked edges off of the sides of the leaves.

Then lay the leaves flat and remove the skin on the top of the leaf, with a spoon you will remove the gel inside and place it into a blender. This part is pretty slimy.

Once all of the gel is in the blender, pulse a few times and then blend for about fifteen seconds until completely liquefied.  From there place in a strainer and allow the liquid to strain through, stir the bit in the strainer to help the last of the liquid to pass through the screen.

I usually place this in the fridge afterwards for it to chill and also for any bubbles to escape to the surface of the liquid.

And here you have fresh aloe vera gel! It’s meant to be used right away because it will oxidize and there is no preservative to protect it from mold and bacteria. If you want to save any portion of this for another day I suggest freezing it into ice cubes. This batch is going right into my soap as soon as it is cold enough.



Shampoo Bars

I made Shampoo Bars with Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Palm Oil, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. I added Henna Powder, Citric Acid and Panthenol, Rosemary EO, Tea Tree EO and Peppermint EO.

I made the mistake of trying to cut them way, way to early so they are going to rest for a few days. I consistently make harder soaps that can be cut the next morning so I wasn’t even thinking about how soft this was going to be until the knife was already in the soap. The rest got almost a week of sitting before I cut them. I used a brand new mold with better insulation and got a bit of overheating in some of these bars, luckily these are just for family.

For shampoo bars most people forgo the use of fragrance oils and colorants. I decided to do the same. The addition of Rosemary, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils are more beneficial to hair than a fragrance oil could ever be.