There are a lot of articles out there espousing the benefits of making your own soap. A lot are simple tutorials that can be done without digging too deep. However, a lot of us haven’t done this before and want a more in depth breakdown of how you can make soap yourself. Soap is made by mixing lye and oil. Lye is a pretty dangerous chemical but shouldn’t be scary as long as you follow all the steps.
You can’t make soap without lye, you cannot have one without the other, since they go hand in hand.
It can be dangerous to use lye, because it can clean drain pipes, but as long as you follow safety measures, you will be fine.
The purpose of the lye is just to eat up the oils that are in the soap to help make it more firm.
“Picking oils is the most fun part of creating a soap recipe. Each oil will bring its own property to the finished product.”
Making natural soap is much healthier than buying soap from the store. In addition to having a soap that is moisturizing, the Goat’s milk in this recipe is great for inflammation. Included with this recipe is honey and we will be using a mold. It’s only a few steps where we break down the soap into pieces and save half of the goat milk for later. The results is a very soft bar of soap that you will never want to be out of.
This soap is easy on the eyes, and it is great for your skin too, the ingredients are soothing and moisturizing.
Once you melt your soap base, you will want to add any color to that you want at this point.
After you pour it into the mold, you should allow it to completely cool before removing it.
“The whole OGT team raved about this soap, and we all think it would make a perfect gift!”
Both types of process, hot and cold, yield the same or similar results when it comes to making soap. The hot process gets it done a lot faster if you are in desperate need of soap, you can follow along with the hot process of making soap. The cold process of making soap involves the use of lye. Lye can be a dangerous chemical if precautions are not taken, but it’s impossible to make soap without it and it is perfectly safe as long as you are.
In cold process soap making, an alkali (lye) is mixed with a fat such as tallow, olive oil, or cocoa butter.
Use protective gear when working with lye and make sure children and pets aren’t around.
Essential oils, oatmeal and mica powders can be used to add fragrance, texture and color, respectively.
“No farmer’s market would be complete without the beautiful array of homemade soaps.”
There are some mistakes you can make when you start out making soap. The most common ones are people not being as safe as they need to by. Soaps are made with lye, a compound that can be dangerous if not used in the right way. If you wear the right safety gear and follow the instructions, you will have fewer chances of something detrimental happening. You also need to make sure you measure the ingredients properly.
If you follow the instructions carefully, you can make a great batch of soap on your first try.
If you don’t use safety equipment this is your first mistake, you need to protect yourself from the lye.
Another common mistake is measuring ingredients incorrectly, the accurate measurements are for a reason.
“If you can follow a recipe, you can make your very own soap.”
If you are looking to make some soap because you don’t like any of the chemicals that are in store bought soaps, then this will be a perfect recipe for you. If you are a beginner, it is an easy enough recipe to follow that will yield results that give you smoothing and softening results. The soap uses all natural ingredients as well as a fragrance enhancer that smells of mango. If you follow the instructions it will come out just how you want it to.
When it comes to making soap, this recipe is a good starting point with just a few moisturizing ingredients.
The soap that is used is a very hard butter that way it doesn’t fluff up and can be used many times.
There aren’t too many oils in it so it’s an easy soap to make, and then mango added for the luxurious scent.
“This is a great hand soap because it is hard, very cleansing, but not drying at all.”
Homemade body wash is a natural, DIY alternative to commercial beauty products. Honey and coconut add anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, plus will remove excess oily residue from skin. In addition to raw honey and coconut oil, this recipe uses liquid Castile soap, vitamin E, and several essential oils. Heat the coconut oil in a microwave, then whisk in the honey, essential oils and vitamin E. Slowly add the Castile soap while gently stirring. Transfer to a bottle. Note that the body wash will separate, so shake before use.
I want to replace all my unnatural products with natural ones, honey is a great product.
There is a reason honey is in so many products now, because it has great anti inflammatory properties.
You can pretty much replace all your beauty products with four natural products, coconut oil being one.
“Whipping up a homemade body scrub is an addicting starting point because soon you’re thinking, what about the stuff I use everyday?”
Making your own soap is a great way to control ingredients, eliminate packaging waste, or just make whatever you want. Cold process soap making relies on a chemical reaction to turn lye and oil into soap. Working with lye does require safety precautions. For a basic cold process recipe, lye is poured into distilled water, then combined with oils such as coconut and olive. The mixture is then poured into a mold to cool. The recipe can be customized with additives such as essential oils, clay, dried herbs, and colorants.
making soap at home allows you to add any ingredients that you want without all the added chemicals.
You can make soap with a cold process so that there isn’t any heating involved.
Lye can be dangerous, but as long as you are careful it’s fine, you need lye for soap to become soap.
“Soapmaking at home allows you to create a fully custom bar of soap – and is surprisingly easy.”
For years we have been using loofahs and others scrubbers in the shower that are good for exfoliating. You can attach some of the wool to a bar of soap that you purchase in the store, or you can make your own soap to attach to the wool. This is a very simple thing to do and it requires no special equipment, and you can give them out as gifts. This also lasts longer than a traditional bar of soap.
A felted soap is a soap bar that happens to have wool wrapped around allowing the soap to come through.
This is an old practice that not many people are using but works as a natural exfoliator being quite useful.
All you need to do this is a bar of soap combined with wool roving.
“The soap suds come through the wool as you lather up and the felting is naturally exfoliating.”
If you are wanting to start making soap, definitely start with the basics. The basics will cover all that you need to do to begin making soap. It will tell you the required ingredients such as lye, and the safety measures that you need to take to work with lye. Then you will need to make sure you have all the right equipment for making the soap. A simple recipe for beginners to follow is the goat milk and honey soap, it is a very natural and easy soap to make.
Making your own soap means you get an all natural product that is high quality.
You get higher quality and you get to save money at the same time. This goat milk and honey recipe is easy and will moisturize your hands.
You’ll just need a spoon, pot, stick blender, glass, kitchen scale, rubber spatulas and a thermometer to do this all on your own.
“It’s personal. It literally touches just about every part of your body.”
Making soap can be intimidating at first, and I know when I started I didn’t think it sounded that hard. The first batch came out great, but then I lost my touch. I decided to take a class and have learned that making your own soap can be fun, and if you want to have control over the ingredients in your soap, then soap making may be for you. Remember to take safety precautions as well as keep in mind the ingredients that you would like to add to it.
One of the best things about making your own soap is you can choose your ingredients and select scents that you like.
You must use lye when you make soap, and it must be 100% sodium hydroxide, or lye in crystal form.
Be careful when you are using lye, as it can burn your skin and make you feel like you are choking.
“Her natural, homemade soap making process is simple, versatile, and teaches many every year!”