Soap making can be fun, healthy, and rejuvenating. Natural soap making eliminates the chemicals that are found in many store bought products. Often times store bought products claim that they can do wonders for your skin, however, many times customers end up with dry or oily skin as a result. Using natural products from the comfort of your home and by using your own hands you can start your skin on to a new road of success.
Soap making has been a past time for several centuries. Soap making is wonderful when you want to find a new and exciting hobby to start, you want lovely skin, or you want to give away great gifts to your friends and family.
Lets start by finding out the typical tools and ingredients you will need in order to make your own natural soap.
Equipment required for basic soap making:
Ã?Â· A double boiler or a pot and lid on top of a slightly larger pan.
Ã?Â· Soap molds (plastic or metal – tupperware, pvc pipe, drawer organizers, jello molds, candy molds, loaf tins, etc.). You can choose which ever type of mold that you desire.
Ã?Â· Rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle (removes any excess air bubbles and works as an adhesive for embedding objects or layers).
Ã?Â· 1lb of clear soap base
Melt the soap block in a double boiler keeping it covered with a lid to prevent moisture loss. You can also melt the soap block in the microwave on a low setting. Avoid hot temperatures.
You can now add scents to your soap. If you have a favorite type of perfume or cologne this would be the perfect time to add a few drops, but not too many.
This is also a perfect time to add any other additives you may want to place inside of your soap. For example: honey, oatmeal, toys (for embedding), oils ect. However, fresh or dry flowers are not recommended because they will cause the soap to become rancid and dried out.
Now it is time to embed any objects that you wish. Once the soap block is melted – pour a thin layer of melted soap into a mold of your choice and allow it to become firm (about 5 – 10 minutes). This will allow the object you wish to embed to sit on top. Place object on top and lightly spritz with alcohol. Pour remaining soap on top. Replace any swimming objects back to desired position and allow enough time for the soap to set.
Once you’ve added your optional ingredients if any – pour into molds. Spritz with rubbing alcohol to avoid air bubbles. Allow time to set. Ready to use once it is hard. The melt and pour soaps are high in glycerin which evaporates if not wrapped in plastic wrap. Make sure that you do wrap up your soap to avoid this situation.
Quickie Soap Recipe
6 oz Coconut Oil
6 oz Palm Oil
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tbsp Stearic acid
4 oz Castor
2.38 oz Lye
6 oz Distilled Water
Follow the basic soap method
Traces fast – approx. 10 – 15 minutes.
It will take up to 24 hours for your soap to successfully mold. The cure time is up to 4 weeks. This will be a very nice soap bar with lots of lather that feels soothing on the skin.
Super Easy Toy in Clear Soap Recipe!
Basic Soap Method plus:
*Small toys of your choice (ensure safety of toy and caution of small toy for children under 3 years.)
* Four – 4 oz size molds for 1-lb of soap base or 1 double drawer organizer.
Chop up soap into small cubes and melt in double boiler
or use a Pyrex cup in the microwave. If you prefer the microwave the soap will melt in about 20-30 seconds so make sure to watch. As soon as the soap becomes a liquid – stop the microwave.
Avoid hot temperatures. Do not overheat.
Adding Color Option
Add 1-3 drops of liquid dye or food coloring and stir into melted soap until uniform color is reached.
Adding Scent Option
You can scent the soap base with anything you like. You may use essential oils or fragrance oils.
If you like a good scent in your soap – the recommended dosage is 1 to 2 teaspoons per pound of soap.
This varies of course with personal preference and strength of fragrance but use at least 1 teaspoon or you won’t have much of a fragrance in your soap.
Embedding Your Toy
Once your soap is melted, take it off the heat and add your optional color and scent.
Have your molds ready, pour a very small amount
into your desired mold(s) (about 1/4 inch thick).
Spritz with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles.
When the soap is set (about 10 minutes), gently place your toy/object on top of the soap.
Spritz with alcohol one more time and pour remaining soap over top of soap.
If toy/objects floats or swims around – just push it back into place.
Final spritz with alcohol and let it set. Do not move molds around and avoid touching so you’re your soap will be able to mold properly without and wrinkles or holes. Once it is set, gently release from the molds.
You are now ready to lather up with your new soap.
Yields 1 bar.
1/3 cup whole almonds
1 (4 ounce) bar Castile soap
1/4 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon almond oil
1/8 teaspoon vanilla essential oil
Grind the almonds to a fine powder in a food processor and set aside.
Shred or melt the bar of Castile soap and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer; Remove the pan from the heat and add the almond powder, almond oil and vanilla fragrance oil, stirring until well blended. Spoon the soap into a mold and let set for five hours or until completely hardened.
Makes 1 (4 ounce) bar.
Unscented clear glycerin soap
10 drops cinnamon oil
1 drop red food coloring (optional)
In a heavy saucepan, melt the glycerin soap over low heat until liquefied. You can also melt in the microwave on a low temperature. Just be careful not to overheat the soap. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the cinnamon oil and coloring until well mixed. Pour the soap into a mold and let set for up to 3 hours or until completely hardened. Lather up and enjoy!!
Wacky Ice Cube Soap
Glycerin Soap blocks
Liquid food coloring (your choice)
Ice cube trays (regular or with various shapes such as hearts)
Cut glycerin into chunks, then place in a microwavable bowl. Melt the glycerin in the microwave on HIGH, stirring at 15-second intervals. About halfway through melting, add a drop or two of food coloring.
With a cotton swab, coat the inside of the ice cube tray with petroleum jelly. Pour melted glycerin into the tray, filling each section almost to the top. Let cool at room temperature for about 2 hours until the soap becomes completely hardened. The “ice cubes” will pop out easily.
Moisterizing Oatmeal Soap Balls
1 cup instant Quaker oatmeal
1 bar mild soap, such as Ivory or Dove
1/4 cup water
Food coloring (optional)
Grate oatmeal or use mini-processor oatmeal. Put into a bowl. Do the same with the soap. You can also slightly melt soap so that you are able to mold easily.
Add the water and blend well. If adding food coloring, add it to the water for evenness. Shape into balls and put on wax paper to dry.
Balls can be put into containers or wrapped with plastic wrap and tied ribbons. You can give these away as gifts or use them for your own pleasure.
I hope that God-Willing these recipes will be very helpful for your homemade soap experience. Use all products at your discretion. If any of the ingredients cause an allergic reaction please discontinue use or do not use at all.