THE BASICS OF COLD PROCESS SOAP MAKING.
VIDEO TUTORIAL BELOW!
Check out the things on the lists below and take your time to read through this, because every step is important.
Soap making is super fun!
- a creative outlet, endless possibilities, amazing scents and you're creating something useful! Wether it's for yourself, family or friends - soap bars will always be useful and everyone loves handmade gifts! I'm so excited to share the basics of soap making with you. Once you have the basics down, there is (almost) no limit to what you can create! Lets get to it:
SAFETY FIRST! In order to saponify oils, we need lye (sodium hydroxide), there is no way around it. No lye, no soap. But lye is extremely dangerous (caustic), so we need to suit up!
HERE IS A LIST OF SAFETY GEAR YOU WILL NEED:
Next, you will need certain tools. These tools you most likely have at your home already BUT some of them CANNOT BE REUSED FOR FOOD after you've made soap with them, so I recommend that you either clean & sanitize some that you already have and keep them exclusively for soap making - or - buy new ones that you keep exclusively for soap making.
HERE IS A LIST OF TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:
- kitchen scale
- immersion blender
- laser thermometer
- 99% propyl alcohol
- heat resistant silicone spatula
- 1 heat resistant 2 quart jar
- 1 heat resistant 8 cup glass jar
- silicone mold with wooden frame + cutter
- hairnet (for hygiene purposes)
HERE IS A LIST OF INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:
this recipe is a very basic, beginners recipe, but it's solid and it's a great place to start!
- olive oil (any will do)
- coconut oil (any solid will do)
- babassu oil (any will do)
- lye - also known as Sodium Hydroxide. You need the food grade kind, 100% pure. Once you have it, put it away where kids can't reach!)
- essential oil of choice -this link shows essential oils that are non-accelerating, which is exactly what you want (explanation will follow) - or you can leave out the essential oil all together.
There you have it! Once you've gathered these items, you want to make sure of a few things before we start - for safety reasons:
- you need a well ventilated space, or alternatively an outdoors station (this is because of the fumes from the lye water)
- make sure that pets & kids don't distract you (distractions are not what you want when you're handling lye and raw soap!)
- cover your work area (the table you're working at)
- wear shoes