Making Your Own Natural Soap

Posted on Wednesday 28 April 2010

There is a myriad of reasons you might decide to start making your own natural soap. Maybe someone gave you excessive soap supplies for your birthday last year and you still don’t know what to do with them. Perhaps you’re looking for ways to cut down on your monthly budget. Has a friend whispered of the marvelous moisturizing power of natural soap, and you want to give it a try?

Regardless of the reasons, many are turning to the creative process of homemade soap. If you’re a beginner, it might be a good idea to head off with a starter kit. When you become more comfortable, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you might give additional recipes a try.

Melt and Pour Soap is what you’ll most likely find in these starter kits. Just as its name indicates, you melt the glycerin, and pour it into the molds. Using your microwave makes the process even simpler.

The Hot Method Prepare yourself for some heat if you decide to use the hot method. This requires cooking ingredients over a hot stove for several hours. Use a double boiler or a stock pot that will hold enough volume for what you need from your soap supplies.

The nice thing about these kits is how easy they are. Instead of standing over a hot stove, you can use your own microwave. You also don’t have to worry about the dangers of lye, as these kits generally contain none.

The Cold Method Choose your recipe wisely – one that is easy and in which others have been highly successful in the past. After going over your soap supplies, line the soap container you will be using with parchment or wax paper, or plastic wrap. Use a glass measuring cup to measure ingredients exactly.

Find an easy recipe that others have been successful with. After setting out your soap supplies, line the container(s) you will be using with plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, add the lye to the distilled water and take caution – lye causes heat, and there will be fumes.

Set out all your needed soap supplies before you begin. Line containers with parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap. Following an easy, successful recipe, use glass measuring cups to get exact amounts. Pour distilled water into a large mixing bowl. Add the lye and back up a bit – it will cause the water to heat up and fumes will rise. Set the mixture aside to cool. Meanwhile, scoop the fat or oils into a glass container and melt in the microwave. Add oils to the lye-water mixture and stir. Pour the soap mixture into the container and cut into bars after solid. Set the bars aside to cure as indicated in the recipe, and use within one year.

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