The market is full of different types of soaps, suitable for every pocket, from cheap ones, to very expensive ones you can find anything. The sad thing about them is that most contain extremely harsh chemicals and detergents for the skin making it feel dry and dehydrated. Not to mention, how bad soap can be on the face, it can also create eczema from excessive dryness. For people with acne and oily skin this can be good, but still, the skin doesn’t heal the way it should. Have you ever thought you would like to make your own soap and control all the ingredients that are in it, so this way you and your family gets what it needs? You can have fresh soap at home, all the time, without paying huge amount of money on expensive ones and you can choose the colors and aromas you would like. This sounds awesome and because we have thought about your safety, we will show you how to make cold process soap at the comfort of your home, supplying the family for longer periods of times with good cleaning products.
Before you start making soap, you should know:
– You will have to handle a lye, that means you have to be cautious because you can burn yourself. The trick is to wear gloves, long sleeved blouses and some eye wear. You don’t need to be afraid, if you take things slowly, everything will be all right.
– There are many ways you can make soap and this is just a method, we will show you how to make oatmeal honey soap.
– You need a digital scale, it is a must, so you can measure your ingredients.
– Before you start doing soap, you will need to use a lye calculator ( https://www.thesage.com/calcs/LyeCalc.html) so it will calculate the lye for you. This is important because each type of oil requires a different amount of lye to saponify. You will also need to buy the lye from somewhere so you can use it in your soaps. Make sure the bottle you buy says Sodium Hydroxide and nothing else on it.
What you will need:
– chemical proof gloves;
– safety goggles;
– kitchen thermometer;
– parchment paper for the molds
– wooden box where you will pour the soap;
– for the honey- oatmeal soap:
– 16 ounces coconut oil
– 40 ounces olive oil
– 16-21 ounces distilled water
– 7.86 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide)
– At trace add: 1 tbsp ground oats, 1/2 tbsp honey, plus an extra tbsp of your preferred oil or butter ( rosehip seed oil and half a tbsp of meadowfoam seed oil)
– Optional: At trace add about 10 drops of tea tree oil & 15 drops lavender essential oil.
1. Prepare your molds by lying parchment paper into the box.
2. Have all your ingredients ready measured and prepared for use.
3. Measure your water in a heat proof tempered glass jar and use the jar only for soap making (for the lye, use an old plastic cup and use it only for that purpose!).
4. Pour the lye into the water (not the way around) and make sure it is cool, not warm. Turn your face away when you do this and avoid breathing the fumes.
5. The mixture will reach higher temperature so wait until it cools down to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Place your oils and butters in a stainless steel pot which you plan to use only for soap making (do not use aluminum at all) and heat the oils to 115 degrees.
7. Slowly put the lye into the pot and mix. The lye and butters should be around the same temperature, maximum 20 degrees difference.
8. To mix everything together use a stick blender.
9. Add the extras as: 1 tbsp ground oats, 1/2 tbsp honey, plus an extra tbsp of your preferred oil or butter ( rosehip seed oil and half a tbsp of meadowfoam seed oil), 10 drops of tea tree oil & 15 drops lavender essential oil (the last two are optional).
10. Blend everything together.
11. Quickly pour the soap into the molds with the help of a wooden spatula.
12. Cover the mold with several blankets.
13. Leave it there and don’t touch it for about 36 hours.
14. Take the blocks of soap, cut them out and they are ready to be used or sold.
– This is just one way of making soap! There are many other methods!
– Be careful with how you handle the lye and ingredients!
See also: How to Make Natural Deodorant at Home – DIY.
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