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DIY Guide to Soap Making

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DIY Guide to Soap Making

Take your DIY skills to the next level by creating your own soap. You can choose your own scent, color, shape and size to personalize it and save money! It’s important to remember though that it is quite the process, so if you’re planning to make it for a gift – consider the time. It takes an hour to make, but the cooling and the curing process take up to four weeks.

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Although you have the freedom to customize your soap, there is one ingredient you can’t imagine soap making without and that is lye, also known as sodium hydroxide. Known as the saponification process, the chemical reaction between lye and fats produces soap. Make sure when you’re using it that you protect your skin, especially your face because some fumes may rise when lye and water are mixed.

Procedure:

  • Before starting to make sure you are staying safe by putting on protective gear like rubber gloves and glasses. When ready, measure your water and lye.
  • Combine coconut oil and palm oil then mix them in a preheated pot to melt.
  • Pour water into the bowl as the oil is melting and then pour the lye in the water. Stir the mixture for 5 minutes.
  • Pick an essential oil of your choice and a teaspoon of it.
  • Pick a mold and pour your mixture in.
  • Make sure to cover the mold with plastic wrap and put a towel over it to trap the heat in it.
  • The mold should set for 24 hours.
  • Once the soap is cooled down – cut it into thick bars and then allow it cure for about a month.

When storing the soap make sure that there is space between each bar – this allows them to breathe. You could use a shoebox to store them because unlike a sealed container it allows the soap to breathe. Some hand soaps can store for up to 12 months, another longer. Its important to keep in mind that depending on the oils use you, the scent can start to fade.

READ ALSO:  The 6 Main Fat Burning Essential Oils

The most exciting part about your customized soap is the unique mix of scents you get to experiment with! You can either use essential oils, which are natural, or fragrant oils, which have chemicals in it. Both will work as long as they are of good quality. There are different additives you might want to add, some of which are cocoa powder, coffee grinds, lemongrass and even spices like ginger. If you want to get creative you can mix different colors in your soaps by creating a combination.

Although there is a certain process to follow to ensure you have a fragrant soap bar, you still have the freedom to be creative and experimental. Your home-made soap makes for a great inexpensive gift that you can wrap in paper, wrap a ribbon or twine around and even add a tag for the last touch.

RELATED ARTICLE:  I Made My Own Laundry Soap!


Source: Fix.com Blog

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