Hand Made Soap Recipes
Have you thought of making your own soap but been put off by all the jargon that they use making it sound too complicated and more trouble than it’s worth? Well don’t be. It can be really simple. There are three different methods for making soap that are not that difficult. The cold process, the hot process and the pour and melt. The hot and cold process are a little more involved though not complicated and are very similar. The pour and melt method is the simplest and probably the quickest used.
It is a good idea to research the process and ingredients before you plan on starting to see which is best for your abilities and confidence. By using the hot and cold processes you need to buy a product called ‘lye’. This is also known as caustic soda and can be dangerous if not treated carefully has it has corrosive properties. Lye can be bought in different forms, pellets, micro beads and flakes but all should be treated carefully and is necessary to wear gloves and goggles.
Beef tallow is also used in soap making. This gives the soap its hard and creamy properties. It comes from beef or mutton fat that is processed into suet.
There are hundreds of recipes that can be found in books and on the internet. All using a basic recipe, but with slight variations for fragrance and texture. You can go mild or wild to suit your own personal desire.
It is recommended you use three different oils but one can be used. Different oils are used for different reasons. Coconut oil for instance is used to make a creamy but hard soap. Tallow is used to make a hard soap. There are several oils that can be used
– Palm oil, beef tallow, lard – used for hard, stable, long-lasting soap.
– Coconut, castor and palm kernel – used to produce a soap with a good lather
– Olive, canola sunflower and soybean oils – used for moisturising and conditioning
– Cocoa butter, shea butter, almond oil, hemp and jojoba – used for luxury and super moisturising.
A basic recipe which is ideal for beginners is
– 1 oz castor oil
– 6 oz coconut oil
– 26 oz olive oil
– 10 oz water
– 4.4 oz lye
If you don’t fancy using lye then the melt and pour method can be used. This uses a soap base which can be bought from crafts shops ready to use. This gives the same results but does not give the full process.
A basic melt and pour recipe is
– Soap base
– Fragrance oils
– Soap safe dye (Optional)
Again there are hundreds of recipes that can be found for this method.
At the end of either process you will have a good supply of homemade soap that will last and you know exactly what has gone onto it.