How to Make Homemade Organic Soap

If you appreciate organic beauty products or enjoy making things from scratch, then learning how to make homemade organic soap will likely be a rewarding and fun experience for you. Here we provide an introduction to soap science, and a step-by-step recipe to help DIY soap-makers start simply.

Soapy Basics: Science

Soap comes in many different forms, but it all comes from a basic chemical reaction:

Fat or Oil + Lye = Soap

Of course, you can’t just mix them together and get a body bar; there are different processes involved. But that’s the basic gist of things. How many, and what types, of additional ingredients you add are what determine moisture and create the hundreds of great scents out there. If you want to show off to your friends, memorize the word “saponification.” That’s the scientific term for this chemical reaction.

Soapy Basics: Method

There are two different methods of making soap; at least as DIY projects are concerned:

  1. Cold Process is the most common type of soap-making method. Contrary to its name, this process does involve heat. You’re basically heating up and combining your ingredients (and scents), pouring the mixture into molds, and then letting the soap harden and cure for up to a month. With this method, saponification happens while the soap is curing.
  2. Hot Process is a variation on cold process, where instead of just heating up the ingredients, you fully cook the soap, triggering saponification during the active process itself. The soap is then spooned into molds and is basically ready to use as soon as it cools.
Things Needed
  • Blanket
  • Butters
  • Electric Hand Mixer
  • Essential Oils
  • Eyes Protection Device
  • Herbs
  • Lye
  • Natural Scents
  • Plastic Pitchers
  • Purified Water
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Smock
  • Soap Molds
  • Solid Vegetable Oils
  • Stainless Steel Pots
  • Stainless Steel Spoons
  • Thermometer
Instructions
  1. First of all, you need to go to the market and get all the ingredients that you will require for making organic soap.
  2. Next, you need to set your scale to zero and measure all the ingredients correctly. This is because for making organic soap, you need to take the exact quantity of every ingredient.
  3. Take a stainless steel pot, put lye in it and mix with spring water. The mixture will give as much as 200 degrees of heat in a short span of time, so use it with extreme care, lest you end up burning yourself.
  4. Keep aside the lye mixture and let it cool down to about 100 degrees.
  5. Take a stainless steel pot and put solid organic vegetable oil and butters in it. Heat them to 100 degree temperature and take off flame only when the solids have blended together.
  6. Now, add exotic oils to this mixture and also put in water and lye solution, after the latter has cooled down to 100 degrees.
  7. With the help of a hand mixer, blend the mixture thoroughly, which should now be looking like whipped pudding.
  8. Next, add herbs, botanicals and essential oils.
  9. Pour the mixture into soap molds and cover with blanket, to insulate it, for 24 to 48 hours.
  10. Take out the soap from the mold and give it any shape you want. Let it dry out and harden for at least a month.
  11. Your organic soap is ready!

Organic soap that didn’t contain any chemical ingredients will help to cleanse your skin properly and save you from the harsh chemicals. Making your own organic soap is very easy and not too expensive also.

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About minesgreencircle

Founded in 2008, the Mines Green Circle is the special Green Environmental Unit of Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotel for “Better Environment, Better Health”. It advocates green practices amongst the personnel of the Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotels as well as its guests.

Posted on October 11, 2011, in organic, Organic Life and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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