How to Make Your Own Soap

Making your own soap at home can be fun and a very pleasant activity to do with friends or your family. Even though there are plenty of soap options on the market, they all contain chemicals that might even hurt your body.

So, if you have a little time to spare and don’t want any chemicals involved, this recipe is the answer.

You are going to need:

– 2/3 cup coconut oil
– 2/3 cup olive oil
– 2/3 cup other liquid oil of your choice – it can be almond oil, for example
– 1/3 cup lye (100% sodium hydroxide)
– ¾ cup cool water – distilled or purified

The first thing you need to do is cover your work area with newspaper. Use gloves and other protective wear. Measure the water into the quart canning jar and have a spoon ready. Make sure that you have exactly ¼ cup of lye and slowly start pouring it into the water, stirring as you keep adding. Avoid the fumes by standing back while you stir. As soon as the water starts to clear, you can let it sit and move to the next step.

Add the three oils together in the pint jar. Heat in the microwave for a minute and check the temperature: it should be around 120°C. Wait for both to cool between 95° and 105°.

When both the lye and oils are at the right temperature, pour the oils into a mixing bowl and slowly add the lye, stirring until everything is well mixed. Stir by hand for 5 minutes. It is highly important to get us much of the lye in contact with as much of the soap. After 5 minutes, you can keep stirring or use an immersion blender. The soap mixture will lighten in color and thicken. When it looks similar to a vanilla pudding, you are good to go.

It is now time to add your herbs, essential oils and any other additions of your choice. Stir them thoroughly to combine and pour the mixture into your chosen mold/s and cover with plastic wrap. Set in an old towel and wrap it up.

After 24 hours, take a look at the soap. If it’s still warm or soft, let it sit for an extra 12-24 hours. When it is cold and firm, turn it out onto a piece of parchment paper or baking rack. You can now cut it into bars or smaller pieces. Allow it to cure for 4 weeks or so and make sure to turn it over once a week to expose all the sides to air.

When your soap is fully cured, wrap it in wax paper.

This is all you need to do in order to achieve natural home made soap. You can play around with the ingredients as much as you want, and add petals and decorations if you wish!

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