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easy beef tallow soap
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Pure Tallow Soap Recipe

Make this pure tallow soap recipe to ensure you treat your skin with the essentials it needs, no essential oils, no fragrance, and certainly no questionable ingredients that might provoke flare-ups of undesired symptoms. This soap is 8% superfat.
Active Time2 hrs
Curing Time21 d
Total Time21 d 2 hrs
Course: DIY Personal Care
Yield: 48 oz
Cost: $7


  • 30 ounces Beef tallow
  • 3.88 ounces Lye (100% Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 11 ounces Distilled water


  • Melt the tallow in a double boiler over low heat until it reaches 140°F.
  • While tallow melts, put your protective gear on and pour lye crystals into the water. Gently mix, until thoroughly combined. (Do this step outside).
  • Wait until both mixtures reach between 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour lye water into the melted tallow and whisk by hand or use an electric mixer until you reach a light-medium trace.
  • Pour mixture into the soap mold and cover with a towel to insulate for 24 hours in a ventilated area.
  • Remove from mold and cut into the desired thickness.
  • Allow the soap to cure in an upright position for 3-6 weeks to harden.


If you want to add essential oils, do so at trace (after step 3). Add a total of 1 ounce by weight. Only use pure, high-quality oils and double-check that they are safe for topical use. Not all essential oils are suitable for cosmetic use.
  • Lavender and Chamomile are the gentlest e.o's on the skin and body system. They are safe for all ages and used to remedy skin irritations, anxiety relief, wound healing, digestive upset, & relaxation.
Use stainless steel or silicone equipment whenever possible.
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