DIY Soap for beginners - Cupuacu & Buriti September 18 2015, 0 Comments
If you want a gorgeous, delicious smelling soap, go to Etsy and buy it from one of the amazing soapmakers in there.
If you want to have fun making something you will definitely use and love, it isn't hard, just come up with a good recipe on thisLye Calculator, then follow instructions carefully, I like this site.
I get my lye (Sodium Hydroxide)HERE, it is a lot more expensive than some other stuff you can get on eBay, but since I only make a few soaps for personal use, it is worth using something you can really trust, not mentioning, their bottles are very safe and easy to work with.
Since my oils and butters are expensive, I use organic, virgin Coconut and Olive oils as base and smaller quantities of my products, I use no pigments or scents, mostly because I am a beginner and I don't want anything to go wrong... But you can do it, just do a little research first.
The recipe - you can't just come up with anything you want when it comes to cold process soaping, each fatty acid gives the soap a property, you need to find a balance in your fats, also take into consideration the color you want you soap to be and the cosmetic/medicinal properties you want it to have.
I work with ounces, but this site will allow you to work with Lbs and Grams.
Tips from a beginner:
For a mold I use empty milk cartons, I wash them well and cut one of the sides off. After I pour the mix into the mold/carton, I wrap it in a towel, put it in a dark, warm place for 24 hours, then take out of the mold (it may stick a little, no big deal since my soaps aren't to be pretty), cut and put in a plate or tray somewhere clean and dry for 4 weeks.
I use an very clean mason jar to mix my lye, less chance of spillage and I can dip it in a bowl with iced water for faster drop in temperature. Also, for this quantity in the recipe, there is almost no fumes.
A lot of people have a few problems here and there with their soaps, so far I have been lucky, one thing that I pay very close attention to is the temperature of ingredients when you mix. One thing I pay no attention to: they say you should avoid bubbles when mixing, but my mixer is a crazy bastard and splashes and bubbles.
The saponification in this recipe started in about 2 minutes after mixing lye and fats. You don't need to have your mixer on the whole time, stir it for a while, then turn mixer on in short spurts, AGAIN - I am a beginner, I am just letting you know what has been working for me.
The result - like I said the soap isn't very pretty but all my test subjects love it!
This recipe made six 4 oz bars of soap, but I still cut them in half for use.
Making soap is fun, can be a great activity with family and friends, just try to start with the wine when the soap is all molded and tucked away.