Make Your Own Soaps

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Make Your Own Soaps

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Ever considered making your own soap bars? It’s no secret that commercial products can be loaded with chemicals, so if you’re concerned about what’s going into your skin, the best way to be sure is to craft your own. Apart from cutting down on the synthetic chemicals, preservatives, etc you get to go wild with creativity and customise them to your own taste with different shapes, dried herbs, oils, essential oils, and natural colours!

Here’s a simple recipe using the Cold-processing method to get you started – so go on – surprise your family and friends with your very own homemade Olive and Coconut Soap.

Don’t forget to come back and leave a comment about how it turned out.  🙂

Olive and Coconut Soap
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    Ingredients
    • 200 grams Coconut Oil
    • 400 grams Olive Oil
    • 200 ml water cool/room temperature
    • 85 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
    • Lavender Oil
    • Safety Equipment for Dealing With the Lye
    • 1 pair safety gloves (rubber/heat-resistant) optional but highly recommended
    • 1 pair goggles optional but highly recommended
    • Other Equipment
    • moulds silicone is best, but rubber/wood would do as well
    • 1 glass bowl heat-resistant
    • 1 stainless steel pot with lid
    • 1 thermometer a kitchen or candy one
    • wax paper for lining the trays (if you’re using wooden moulds)
    • hand blender optional, but saves you a lot of time
    • rubber spatula or spoon for mixing
    • blanket, plastic wrap or cardboard for covering the soaps
    Ingredients
    • 200 grams Coconut Oil
    • 400 grams Olive Oil
    • 200 ml water cool/room temperature
    • 85 grams lye (sodium hydroxide)
    • Lavender Oil
    • Safety Equipment for Dealing With the Lye
    • 1 pair safety gloves (rubber/heat-resistant) optional but highly recommended
    • 1 pair goggles optional but highly recommended
    • Other Equipment
    • moulds silicone is best, but rubber/wood would do as well
    • 1 glass bowl heat-resistant
    • 1 stainless steel pot with lid
    • 1 thermometer a kitchen or candy one
    • wax paper for lining the trays (if you’re using wooden moulds)
    • hand blender optional, but saves you a lot of time
    • rubber spatula or spoon for mixing
    • blanket, plastic wrap or cardboard for covering the soaps
      Instructions
      1. Weigh all the ingredients beforehand and prepare the moulds. If you don’t have silicone moulds, make sure to line your moulds with wax paper or lubricate.
      2. Add the lye gradually to the cool water in a heat-resistant glass bowl, mixing well without splashing it. Stir with a rubber spoon or spatula until the mixture dissolves properly. Let it cool to about 90-115 degrees F. Never add water into lye otherwise it’ll cause a volcano reaction. Make sure you have on your safety gear (gloves, goggles, long sleeves – better safe than sorry!) and try not to directly breathe in any fumes. This is best done outside, or open the windows. Also keep the kids and pets away.
      3. While that’s cooling, mix the coconut oil and olive oil together in a stainless steel pot over the stove. Gently heat to about 90-115 degrees F. You need to have the oils and lye-water in that same range of temperature, differing only by 10-20 degrees, at most.Stirring the oils to make soap
      4. Carefully add the lye-water to the pot of oils and use a hand blender to mix continuously for about 15 minutes, or until you’ve reached trace (a thin pudding-like consistency).soapmaking steps
      5. You can now add in the essential oil. The smell usually fades away during the process of drying, so add about 30 drops of Lavender oil for a lasting scent.
      6. Pour the mixture into the moulds (be cautious not to get it on your skin as the mixture is still caustic) and cover with cardboard, a blanket, plastic wrap, or anything that will keep it warm. Leave it to set for 1-2 days at room temperature.
      7. The soap bars will still be soft after a few days so be gentle when taking them out of the mould or cutting. Wrap each one in plastic wrap and leave to dry for 6-8 weeks, for best results. And don’t forget to turn them over once in a while.
      Recipe Notes

      If you plan to change or substitute any of the oils included here or in any other recipe, make sure to use a lye calculator to work out the amount of lye needed for saponification, since that varies with each oil. This one’s a good choice.

      We strongly advise the use of safety gear (gloves, goggles, long sleeves – better safe than sorry!) and working outside, or in a well ventilated area. Keep children and pets well away.

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      By | 2017-04-10T19:41:57+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty|0 Comments

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      A nutritionist wannabe who loves experimenting with food and inventing new tastes.

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