Bastille No. 1 Cold Process Soap
  • Difficulty Beginner
  • Time 1 hour
  • Yields 10 - 14 bars


Handmade Natural Cold Process Soap

This is one of my favourite Bastille soap recipes.  What's bastille?  No, not a French national holiday marking the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789!  It's an olive oil cold process soap, which is not quite castile, it has a very high percentage of olive oil, and another oil or two as well.  This means you will have increased lather and will cure a little sooner, as 100% olive oil soap needs a long, long cure for the nicest, mildest soap with good lather.

I tend to stick to one clean fragrance or essential oil for my uncoloured, castile and bastille batches but this is purely personal!


700g Olive Oil
100g Castor Oil
100g Coconut Oil

280 - 340g Distilled Water (if you are new to soaping use the larger amount)
115g Sodium Hydroxide

20g/ml Sodium Lactate Plus

35g/ml Fragrance or Essential Oils of choice - I used Crisp Anjou Pear as I wanted to attain a heavier trace more quickly

Silicone Loaf Mould


Digital Scale
Stick Blender
Gloves, googles etc


If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap as it can be slow to trace.  This recipe takes a solid 5 minutes with the stick blender to reach medium trace.  I then added the Crisp Anjou Pear fragrance which helped it thicken a little at pouring.

For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions


Handmade Natural Cold Process Soap

  • Combine oils and lye water, Sodium Lactate Plus and bring to medium trace.  This will take about 5 minutes of stick blending

Handmade Natural Cold Process Soap

  • Add Crisp Anjou Pear fragrance and combine well, trace will thicken a little

Handmade Natural Cold Process Soap

  • Insulate to encourage an even, hot gel

Handmade Natural Cold Process Soap

  • Unmould after a few days

Bastille Olive Oil Soap Recipe

If using "Add to Trolley" you will need to purchase Olive Oil, Sodium Hydroxide and Distilled Water