Soap Making Instructions

Making homemade soaps is very rewarding.  Imagine, you get to experiment on different herbs, scents and color combinations while also creating a soap that is perfect each specific skin type.

Soap making instructions are not at all difficult to understand.  Basically, lye, fat (lard) or oil and water are the main ingredients of a homemade soap.  There are a few terms you need to acquaint yourself with, then you can easily follow the instruction and make your own soap.

Lye

Lye is the chemical name for sodium hydroxide which is a very strong base and produces heat and fumes when mixed with water.  Therefore it is important that you make your soap outside so that there is no danger of inhaling the fumes.  Also, carefully read the package instructions and follow them to the letter.

Fats and oils

According to professional soap makers, lard beats vegetable oils and tallow for gentleness to the skin. However, while a homemade soap made from 100% lard cleans beautifully, it does not lather very well.

Because most people believe that the soap should bubble in order to clean effectively, you can combine lard with other plant oils.   Coconut oil for instance gives fluffy and big bubbles. Olive oil provides silky and very fine bubbles. By using 75 percent lard and 25 percent plant oil, you get a gentle soap that cleans effectively and lathers well.

Make homemade soap using the cold process

The cold process entails mixing together a lye solution (sodium hydroxide and water) with oils or fats to create a substance that is then blended thoroughly and poured into molds.  Allowing the concoction to thicken to its correct consistency is called by soap makers as tracing. 

The saponification process, where the lye responds with the oil and fat to make glycerin, gives the homemade soap its skin softening properties and mildness.

Instructions for making soap with basic cold process method

  • Place the plastic container on the scale.
  • Add water into the container then mix carefully in lye 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 in lye.
  • Let the water and lye mixture cool down, ideally for 1 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. 
  • Immediately pour your liquid soap mixture into plastic molds and let it cool down, ideally for 24 hours.
  • 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.
  • Remove from molds and pack attractively.

Although soap making is fun, a beginner may need repeated trials in order to get it right. But don’t worry, information is readily available at soap-making-success.com where you can 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.

Recipe creation explained in depth - so you'll be creating your own wonderful recipes like a pro in no time!

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!

Best of all, it's written in easy to understand language - you won't need to purchase a dictionary just to understand those difficult soap making terms!



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