I have included this basic soap making information page here on my website, to give you an overview of the soap making process. These are the basics. If you would like more information, please check out my how-to book on soap making, Creative Soap Making, which can be purchased on the products page. If you live in the greater Austin, Texas area and would like to attend a basic soap making class, please use the contact me page to inquire when the next class will be conducted.
BASIC SOAP RECIPE
Before making your first batch of soap, be sure to carefully study all instructions. Know what you are doing. It is good to also understand that the most time consuming part of soap making is the preparation beforehand and the clean up afterward. The actual soap making does not usually take long at all. But the whole process will run more smoothly when you have done all your preparations beforehand, then clean up immediately afterward. You'll be glad you did.
OVERVIEW - COLD PROCESS SOAP MAKING
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
How to Make Soap
Learn to make your own soap!
LYE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
The above information is written to provide basic information on the soap making craft. The author has made every effort possible to ensure the accuracy of the information and recipe contained herein. It is imperative that standard safety procedures are followed when making soap. The author shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person with respect to any loss or damage caused, or alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly, by this information. The author believes the soap making procedures outlined here are safe, when proper safety precautions are followed. All projects attempted are done so at the reader's sole risk and discretion.
Copyright 2015 by Elin Criswell - All Rights Reserved.
When making soap using the cold process method, no heat is involved. You first prepare your lye solution, then your fats and/or oils. Then you combine your lye solution with your fats/oils using a stick blender. You continue to stir until the soap mixture reaches trace. Then you add any additives such as essential or fragrance oils to scent the soap, stirring to incorporate. The soap mixture is now ready to be poured into the molds. After approximately 24 hours the soap is unmolded, then allowed to cure for at least 3 weeks.
NEEDED EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
To make soap, you have to use lye. A lot of people seem to have a fear of lye and I think this is unnecessary. You must have a healthy respect for lye. It is caustic and it can hurt you. This is a fact. But I tell those who take basic soap classes from me that I believe it is much more dangerous when we get behind the wheel of our car. There are a lot more uncontrolled circumstances out there on the road then there is when we are making soap in our own kitchens! So learn the safety precautions and carefully follow them. When you do, you can successfully make soap just like the rest of us.
10 oz. distilled water
4.5 oz. lye
16 oz. lard
8 oz. canola oil
8 oz. coconut oil
1 TBSP. Essential or Fragrance Oil
Before making your first batch of soap, you will need to gather the equipment and supplies that you will need.
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