Making soap – part 1

Today I made my first batch of handmade soap.

Hadnmade Soaps: Books

A couple of weeks ago I bought two books about soap making:

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Soapmaking the natural way: 45 Melt-And-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers & Essential Oils from Rebecca Ittner

In this book it’s about making soap with melt and pour soap – glycerine soap.

Here’s where simple techniques meet 100% natural soaps that please the eye, the nose, and the environment!
Made with the safe and simple melt-and-pour method, these projects feature a delicious range of eco-friendly and animal-free ingredients-from oatmeal and lavender to honeysuckle and clay. The ins-and-outs of soap bases, colorants, and essential oils all received detailed attention.

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Soap maker’s workshop from dr. Robert S. and Katherina J. McDaniel

Preserve the timeless craft of artisan soap making usingĀ Soap Maker’s Workshop. As you enter the world of hand-crafted soap, you’ll discover its moisturizing, glycerin-rich, cleansing and soothing benefits–all-natural soap without added chemicals, preservatives or synthetic fragrances and colorants. Commercial soaps found at local stores can contain chemical additives that not only dry out skin, but also lead to rashes and other irritations due to synthetic additives and the removal of glycerin.

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Trying out handsoap making

But I wanted to make lye soap first and used a recipe from this book: Basic four-oil soap.

What you need:

Gloves ,protective glasses, a blender, measuring cups, a scale , thermometers, lye, a silicone very flexible mould , butters and oils.
I used some wooden stirrsticks (for the lye) and some spoons for the oils.

214.28 grams coconut oil
71.42 grams olive oil
200 grams soybean oil
171.42 grams palm oil
essental oil
88 grams lye
239 grams water

It’s perfect for my 1000 grams soap mould.

First I measured the butters and oils in a cup and heated it in the microwave.

In the meantime I put my gloves on and measured the water and poured the lye in the cup made out of glass. While stirring it you can feel how hot it gets.
After it became translucent I put a thermometer in the cup: 90 degrees!

Now you have to wait until the temperature is like 50 degrees in both cups and the mixing and blending can begin. I poured the lye solution into the cup with oils and started to blend with the blender. It takes a couple of minutes before you can see the “trace” in the cup while blending and if you see it it’s time to pour some essential oil drops in it. I choose orange essential oil, because of the yellow orange color of the soap.
But mixing the oil while it’s thickened is hard, the next time I just pour the fragrance before mixing the oils.

Tadaa, the result:

I placed a plastic bag over the top of the mould and covered it with towels to cure.In a couple of days I will take the soap out of the mould and take some new pictures.
It takes 3-6 weeks before you can use the soap; first the lye has to come out.
It’s fun making soap, it doenst take long only the cleaning process is less funny. But I will definitely make some more soap in the future !


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