If you have ever used soaps that claim to be all natural, organic or use words like pure, but still give you skin reactions, there are clearly more ingredients then mentioned.
Rather than risk a rash or other irritations from soap that claims to be pure, you can make your own. This way, you can add the ingredients, the scents and even the shapes you want. You can even give it healing properties by adding essential oils.
It’s a great activity for kids, for gifts and just for people who enjoy making their own natural products. You can make them for baby, to sell or for a healthier alternative.
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There are a few ways you can make your own soap. They are very easy and cost nothing to do.
Mix and Match
The first method is to just take all the odds and ends of soap that don’t get used or you try to attach to the new bar. You take these soap remnants and melt them down to form a new bar.
You can also use full bars of certain types you like and just grind them all up and melt them together to create a perfect blend of your favorites. Just add milk or water to the batch and pour into a mold.
Melting Down Bars
Similar to the method mentioned above, except here you melt down plain white, unscented blocks of soap. You melt them down in the microwave or in a double boiler, then add your own ingredients to customize your soap. Add scents, color and pick fun or interesting molds for the shape of the soap. Pour them in the mold and they are ready to use once they are hard.
You will have to contend with whatever the original ingredients of the soap are, but it’s a simple and inexpensive way to make nice soaps.
This method is making the soap right from the base, up. You have complete control over what goes in the soap. It does take a bit more time, but it’s worth it for those who love nice soaps and want to know what’s in them.
You need an oil or fat base, this can animal or vegetable based. Slowly heat the oil until it reaches 100 degrees. Then slowly add lye-water to the hot oil, blending the whole time until it thickens.
Add the ingredients to the soap pot but don’t do it on the heat. You want the whole batch to start cooling right away.
Look for it to start coating the sides of your soap pot. Then, once it’s thick enough, add your scents, color and any other ingredients you want to add. Pour into your soap molds and let sit for about 24 hours. You need to let them cure for about a month before they are ready for use.
Hot process of soap making is basically the same as the cold, that means you start from scratch but you add the oil and the lye together, then more heat, rather than removing it. This speeds up the process of the cook to completion. This process also means you add the scents and color after the soap is already cooked and it doesn’t interact with the lye as it will with the cold method. It’s also better for adding flowers or other delicate items for color and design, and won’t cause them to turn black.
It will also be ready sooner, and can have a rougher, more rustic look and feel to it, which makes it seem more authentic and homemade.
It makes a nice gift for any occasion and you can use it yourself. It’s perfect for those with sensitive skin, as you know exactly what is going in the soap.
Good Clean Fun
There was a time when all soap was used for bathing, laundry, washing livestock and household chores. Now we can have as many choices as we like, with our favorite ingredients, scents and colors.
Get interesting or themed molds to make special soaps for birthdays, Christmas and all types of celebrations. Everyone loves nice soaps. Lather up!