Making Homemade Soap

Ever wondered what your soap is made of?  Most commercially sold soaps are made from Isopropyl Alcohol, DEA, Triclosan and BHT that leaves your skin dry, tight and itchy.

During the process of making commercial soaps, the makers strips out glycerin from it and sells it separately.   Glycerin is the major conditional agent found in soaps that soothes out irritations and protects the skin.

Homemade soaps not only contain natural oils including soybean, coconut and olive oils but also retain the glycerin.  And with an assortment of available fragrances and readily obtainable natural ingredients such as oats, Aloe Vera, honey, milk, shea butter, etc., the possibilities for good smelling, relaxing and effective moisturizing soaps are limitless.

Most basic homemade soap ingredients are lye, fat or oils and water.You can add in different scents and natural ingredients according to your needs.  Rolled oats are great exfoliants that also absorbs excess oils. Papaya helps minimize skin blemishes and cucumber helps close pores and relaxes the skin.

The process

  • Before you begin, make sure you put on your goggles, apron and gloves.
  • Add water into a plastic container then mix in lye carefully in 1 is to 3 ratios. For instance, for 10 ounces of lye, you will need 30 ounces of water. Keep in mind, add lye to the water, not water to the lye. Becuse lye gives off a lot of fumes and heat, it is recommended to do your mixing in an open area. 
  • Let the water and lye mixture cool down, ideally for a day.  
  • Measure the oils and lard then pour them into an enamel or stainless steel container.
  • Heat the container on the stove slowly until lard melts and create an even mixture.
  • Stir the mixture gently and with the thermometer, check if the mixture has reached between 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the lye mixture and add in the fats and oils mixture slowly and carefully, mixting while pouring. 
  • Stir them together using a spoon and a stick blender alternately. The texture will change in five minutes – will become more opaque and thicker.
  • Add in one ounce coloring dye and fragrance.
  • You can mix in anything you want like rolled oats and grated lemon peel which will be great for oily skin or mashed papaya fruit wich is great for removing skin blemishes.
  • Immediately pour your liquid soap mixture into plastic molds and let it cool down, ideally for 24 hours.
  • Remove from molds.

The great thing about making handmade soaps is that you can let your creativity soar – add in colors, textures, combine ingredients and play with shapes – the possibilities are endless! 
Visit soap-making-success.com and learn in easy step-by-step instructions how to make homemade bath products using a variety of different methods including melt and pour, microwave method, cold and hot process methods.

This site even shares with you the cheapest sources for those hard to find supplies - so you won't waste time looking for the materials you'll need and especially if you want to sell your soaps, you won’t waste money by purchasing your supplies at expensive craft stores so your soaps will be reasonably priced!



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