Organic or Natural soap trends are all popular these days. People nowadays are using less commercial beauty brands and turning towards milder soaps created by hobbyists and small-scale business owners.
As for us, we love organic soaps very much. They are really easily to make and they often are better for your skin than other commercial products that worth thousands of dollars.
If you are organic soap lover, then this article would help you to collect the actual soap making. It’s not as difficult as it looks like. If you are not sure about the ingredients you should use.
You can always bring yourself up with a brand new recipe. You can also create soaps that would last for months. Moreover, this would save your total budget after you have bought all the ingredients.
Soap Making: A Money Earning Passion
If you are thinking, how come soap-making become a money earning subject? Let us explain it how. If you think that you are really good at soap making.
You can get commercial custom designs and printed with custom soap boxes. That is the way you should use them to present your very own products to your customers.
You can also save a huge sums on seasonal presents. Further, you can set up stalls at local fairs or supermarkets so that you can sell your brand at nearby organic shops.
The next step would create various product ranges so that you can offer your customers with more variety. You can also teach others your art. When you have enough money you will be able to launch your very own organic brand.
Soap Making Guide: How to use the Lye?
Making soaps with natural ingredients can be either an easy task or a complicated one. It depends on your level and the preferences of your targeted customers.
When making organic soaps you should remember lye always gives a pause as its Sodium Hydroxide and a caustic alkali. When it’s in raw form it can be dangerous for skin and clothes. It causes severe chemical reactions with some chemicals.
Is it always this dangerous? When you mixed it with right proportion. Only then it will be perfectly safe to use. Because when lye (alkali) combines with fats, it causes a reaction named saponification that’s creates our soap.
This reaction allows liquid oils to mix. To tell the truth, you cannot make soap even at home without the lye. Lye is a non-replaceable soap making ingredient.
Lye is also the reason to have cleansing properties for soaps. Now you know the importance of lye and what actually it is. It’s time to know how to use it properly.
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- Use 100% sodium hydroxide always or use crystalized lye.
- Use gloves and eyewear for extra caution.
- When you are mixing lye water. It will heat up and produce fumes about 30–60 seconds which may because you have a choking sensation. Don’t be afraid it will only take a few minutes.
- Add lye to water instead of water to lye.
- Begin stirring as soon as possible because if you let lye pile up on the bottom. It will heat up rapidly and cause explosion.
- Once your lye reacts with oils which is known as saponification. It will disappear in the final soap.
You need some tools that aren’t used for cooking because you don’t need soap in cooking materials. The traces might stay even you cleaning up everything properly.
You can use things like stainless steel, tempered glass, or enamel for pots for mixing. Try not to use copper or aluminum or plastic because they will react with lye.
Use silicone spoons.
Use Molds. You can get them online or at local stores.
Besides these things, you will also need to include a pint, a jar, stainless steel thermometer (read up to 90 to 200 degrees), a towel, and the additional items you need to add to your soap.
Additives in soaps vary scents and skincare qualities. You can choose of your mix of these additives below.
Essential Oils: Use Oils extracted from plants’ roots, stems, seeds or flowers.
Herbs: Use dried herbs. Such as, lavender, lemongrass, rose petals, oakmoss or chamomile. One-fourth cup of the dried herb will be good but don’t mix them together.
Colors: Use natural colors. Such as, cinnamon powder, cocoa powder, powdered chlorophyll, turmeric, beetroot etc. Don’t use Food colors as it won’t turn up well in soaps.
Other Essences: Use essences like oatmeal, aloe vera, dry milk powder, clay, cornmeal, coffee, mineral salt as you like.
Let’s Begin the Soap Making Process
This is just one recipe for starters. You can also explore others as you learn how to make it so.
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lye
- 2/3 cup other liquid oil
- 3/4 cup cool distilled water
The place you want to use for soap making cover the area with newspaper. Put on safety gear.
Measure the water with a jar. Keep the spoon close to you.
Make sure that you use exactly 1/4 cup of Lye. Pour it into the water and stir it slowly. Keep your distance to avoid fumes. Allow the mixture to sit when the water begins to clear up.
Add the oils together in the jar. Heat the jar up to 120 degrees in the microwave for a minute as they should be equal to one pint.
The lye must also be 120 degrees. Wait a few moments till both liquids mixtures temperature are between 95-105 degrees otherwise, the texture of the soap will not be smooth.
When the lye and oils are at the right temperatures. You should pour the oils into the mixing pot and then stir the pot slowly add them. Stir the mixture for 5 minutes.
The mix will become thicker and lighter in color. Then add herbs, essential oils or any other additive you want. Stir all the time and pour the mix into the mold.
Cover the mold with plastic first. Wrap the mold with a towel to contain the heat.
Keep it for 24 hours then check your soap. If it’s warm or mellow keep it for another 12- 24 hours. Once it’s cold and solid, place it on paper. Cut it into pieces of bars. Let the soap remain for 4 weeks. Change the sides of the air to both faces.
Once the soap is completely done, wrap it in wax paper. You can get some custom made soap boxes for your bars. And it will help you to give a professional look to your homemade soaps.
Don’t forget to clean your equipment that has been used to lye. White vinegar works better against the lye. If you use cooking pots keep them as it is until the residual soaps harden on the surface then you can wash it off in hot water.
The custom made soap boxes for your homemade soaps are easy to get and available online and it will be delivered to your doorstep within a couple of days. You can also get these soapboxes made with logos for commercial use.
However, you can also keep them simple with a quote or greeting. You can choose the stock materials that suits best for the idea of your soaps.
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