Here are some soap recipes I've acquired from a gothic craft website, enjoy!
Castille (Olive Oil) Soap
source: Majestic Mountain Sage
contributed by: Pauline
mild and moisturizing to skin
16 oz. pure olive oil
2 oz. Red Devil Lye (can be found next to Drano in the supermarket)
6 oz. water
0.5 oz. fragrance or essential oil
Warning- Keep children away! DO NOT use any aluminum utensils. You can use stainless steel or glassware. Wear rubber gloves and eye goggles (or even shades) when handling lye. Also try to cover the mouth and nose with a cloth when you're stirring the lye and water because you don't want to breath the fumes, or you'll start coughing like crazy. If you do get lye water into your eyes, wash them with water for 20 minutes. if you get any on the skin, wash it with vinegar. The solution is high in base and should be handled carefully because it can corrode your skin. However, when it's turn into soap and allowed to cure, it's not harmful to your skin. All soap is made this way.
Pour COLD water into a non-aluminum bowl or glass jar. Carefully pour the lye into the water while mixing it. Mix it until the solution turns clear. The solution will get hot. Leave it there to cool around 125 degree F. Once it reaches to that temperature, heat the oil between 110 and 125 degrees F. The object is to get the oil and lye solution between 110 and 125 degrees F. Pour the lye solution into the oil and mix it. Mix it every 15 minutes for about 5 minutes. Look for a trace or when it has thicken up like pudding. Tracing takes several hours or even days. You want a trace so the soap and oil mixture won't separate. Keep a check on it. When it has reached the tracing stage, add your fragrance or essential oil and stir. If you want a black and exfoliating soap, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Other ingredients you can add are grounded oatmeal, and herbs. Pour the thick liquid into a mold or rubber tupperware. Allow it to become solid for 24 hours or 3 to 4 days. When the soap does not make an impression when you lightly press on it, it's ready to be taken out of the mold. Cut the soap if you used a large mold and allow 4 to 8 weeks to air dry or cure. The powdery film on the soap is potash, nothing harmful. Just brush it off. Once you finished, you made your own soap.
source: the Complete Soapmaker/ Home Matters
contributed by: GothFaeri
6 oz. soap noodles (grated white soap)
4.5 oz. water
1 tsp. scent
1 tsp. bits of matter (depends on scent)
benzoin (depending on what matter bits you use...)
place the soap and water in a pot over low heat. do not stir. let them set this way for 5 minutes. fold gently. then let it sit over the low heat for 10 more minutes. fold in the scent and the matter bits. pour into molds and freeze for an hour or more. pop the soap out of the molds, and place it on plastic needle-point mesh for 6 weeks.
the molds can be anything from tupperware, to old jello molds, cookie molds, milk carton bottoms, etc. the matter bits: for my soaps, i made a coffee scented soap using coffee instead of water, adding some grounds, and a few whole beans. my tropical soap contained a blend of several oils, mostly citrus and coconut, with dried and crushed bits of that foam-like stuff between the peel and the sections on grapefruits. i also made cinnamon soap, adding no oil, but 1 tsp. of cinnamon. if you use a fruit (kiwi is lovely), you'll need to add benzoin to prevent spoilage.
[this soap recipe sucks in a sense, because you have to make the soap 6 weeks before you want it ready. the soap will also shrink to about 1/2 it's original size, maybe even smaller. my soaps ended up funky, so i strongly reccomend the second soap recipe for beginners, or small or detailed molds. this method is worth the try, and experimenting, and i got some nifty looking rugged soaps from it, but i was left pretty unimpressed.]
<Soap 2 (Glycerine Soap)
contributed by: GothFaeri
glycerine soap (unscented or scented)
glass, pyrex, or microwavable dish
molds of any material
scent (if unscented)
bits of whatever
with the knife, cut the soap into chunks, about an inch across. put the chunks in the dish, and place in the microwave. cook for 10-30 seconds. if the glycerine isnt liquified, cook in 10-30 second intervals until there are no more chunks left. [im serious about these times! it only takes a bit of time! and if it's not pure glycerine soap, freaky things will happen. some green appple soap i bought wasnt pure glycerine, and i got this big frothing green mass spilling out of the bowl after 15 seconds.] now add your scent and if you'd like, your bits of matter. pour into molds, and let it set. for faster set-up, cool in fridge or freezer. pop out of molds and voila! [good stuff about this type of soap is that you can make it right before you have to use/give it. it will hold any detail in the mold exactly. i have several bat molds, which make wonderfully goth soaps. i often use these molds with a good brown, spice scented glycerine soap. i pour about 1/2 the mold full, let it cool a bit, lay down a few cloves, and then add the rest and cool completely. the soap is transparent, and the clove contains its own strong oils, so you see the suspended cloves, with a little dark halo around each one! i also add little black plastic bat confetti, ground up seeds or pits for an exfoliating soap, glitter, dried flowers (ooh! a dried mini-rose in the middle of rose scented soap might be nifty!), herbs, hey maybe even a note, or a fortune! (waterproof ink? or maybe inside a bit of plastic, sealed...experiment!)... crystals, pebbles, and just about anything you can imagine adding to the inside for either decoration, or for function.