It has been over a year that I decided to “live green.” One of the first things I wanted to learn was how to make my soap that was not harsh and chemical free. When I started making soap, I had no idea that you could make it at home. I started with Melt and Pour soap and that OKAY. I wanted more. I wanted to create bars of soap from scratch that I could control the ingredients. I did a lot of research! A LOT OF RESEARCH. And then I bought some lye. And then I did a lot more research. I don’t know why but lye (sodium hydroxide) scared me. So after about 6 months of researching, reading, watching YouTube videos–I finally made my first batch of soap. Needless to say, that first batch was a disaster. LOL I cannot lie! A complete disaster. But I kept going. I kept learning all that I could about making soap and now I can say that I am a PRO at it. I love to make soap. I love making my own recipes and I love know that my soap is all natural with no harsh chemicals. Please note: You cannot make soap without sodium hydroxide also known as lye. Lye when mixed with oils creates soap. Period. There is no getting around making soap without lye. Lye is a chemical but it is the only chemical that is used when making soap. Once the soap has completely saponified, no trace of lye is left in the soap. If you are looking for ways to become more self-sufficient, making soap for your family is one huge way to do this. Here is the first installment of my series on making soap. Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, please leave a comment below or email me!
Cold Processed Soap
Scale that weighs in ounces
Mixing Bowls (dedicated to soap making)
Oils of choice (I am using olive oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil)
Essential or Fragrance Oil (I am using lemongrass and ginger)
I formulated my recipe with Lye Calculator from Soapcalc.net. This is a very small batch at 1 pound/16 ounces. I was able to get 7 1/2 4 oz bars. If you use a different mold, your yield will be different.
|Lye - NaOH||0.145||2.318||65.712|
|1||Coconut Oil, 76 deg||25||0.25||4||113.398|
|3||Palm Kernel Oil||12.5||0.125||2||56.699|
1. Set out all utensils you will be using. Measure any essential oils you will adding to your soap.
2. Line any molds or if using a silicone mold, make sure to clean them well.
3. Measure out all oils using your scale. In a double boiler or microwave, warm the oils. Temperature should be 100-120 degrees. If warmer set aside and let cool.
4. Measure out your Sodium Hydroxide. Measure out your distilled water. Pour your lye into the water a little at a time. Stir until clear. Set aside.
5. Once the lye/water solution and oils are around the same temperature (100-120 degrees), add the lye solution to the oils, whisking to incorporate. Place your stick blender into the mixture and blend. Blend until the soap mixture till trace. You will know the soap is at trace when the soap mixture reaches a thin pudding-like stage and the mixture lifts off itself leaving traces. If you are adding color, now is the time.
6. Add your essential or fragrance oils and stir well, working quickly.
7. Pour your traced soap mixture into your mold. Wrap your soap into towels to retain heat. The soap will go through a gel phase. The gel phase is when lye is continuing to work on your soap mixture heating it up until it takes on a gelled look, similar to vaseline. Slowly it cools back down and the process completes itself.
8. Let soap mold for 24 hours.
9. Unmold your soap after 24 hours. Allow your soap to cure for 4-6 weeks in a well ventilated area. Use and enjoy!
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