One of the most satisfying and cheaper ways to fulfil those crafty needs is by making your own soaps at home. It might seem easier just to grab a bar from the store; but trust me, by following a few simple steps, you can be making them by the dozen in your pajamas. Here you can find complete tutorial how to create homemade soaps.
Why create homemade soaps?
- Charm Homemade soaps have more character and charm then the plastic wrapped ones from the supermarket.
- Costs It can be cheaper to make your own. Once the initial materials have been bought and you have the know how; it’s a breeze.
- Presents Homemade gifts are always nicer, try giving someone soaps with their favorite smells in.
There are four main methods to making homemade soap. Here we will discuss the most popular method, Cold Process; which is making everything purely from scratch. The other popular method is Melt and Pour; melt premade blocks of soap, adding in fragrances. The last two methods are Hot Process (Cooked in the oven) and Rebatching (Grinding soap with milk and water).
How to Create HomeMade Soaps – Cold Process Method:
- 5 oz. Lye Flakes
- 11.4 oz. Distilled water (you can buy distilled water or make it at home)
- Oils- 8 oz. coconut, 15 oz. Olive, 11 oz. Palm
- Optional fragrances and colors (My favorites are cinnamon and orange)
- Jar with lid
- Add distilled water to a pitcher
- Using safety gloves, add the lye flakes to the water and stir gently
- Put a lid on the pitcher and place somewhere safe (this is toxic for children and animals)
- Weigh each oil and add into a separate pot. You can do liquids like olive oil first, then add in solids like coconut last
- Place the oil pot on the stove on a medium heat
- Stir gently until the mixture reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit
- Slowly add in the lye mixture
- Use a blender to mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly. You should pulse for around 5 seconds, wait for ten, then pulse for 5 again.
- You might see the mixture starting to lighten in color and thicken up. You do not want it to become too tough to mix. There are videos and photos showing the right consistency for the perfect blend
- Before the mixture becomes too thick, add in any fragrances or colors
- Pour the soap mixture into the mold
- Tap the mold on the counter several times (this helps get rid of bubbles)
- Leave the mold somewhere safe for 2-3 days
- Pop the soap out of the mold and slice up!
Voila, this is a very simple and old method of making homemade soap. The cold process method may seem harder to do than the melt and pour; but the satisfaction from weighing and melting all the ingredients is priceless.
There are hundreds of recipes out there for cold process soaps. You can really personalise a soap depending on who you are making it for. Does your sister like blueberries? You can make a blueberry cheesecake soap. Try some fun and interesting soaps and let me know how you get on!
Guest post from Corinna Loveridge, a working mom who loves baking and discovering new arts and crafts activities for her kids. She shares more of her fun projects and art ideas at ZingCrafts.com.