**This is one of my Momma Goes Natural posts**
As you know, I’ve been trying to slowly rid my home of unnecessary chemicals, and next on my list to make myself was SOAP!
I did a TON of research on it, and found there were several ways to make it (cold process, hot process, and melt-and-pour). I decided to do hot process, because it takes less time than cold process, and the melt-and-pour isn’t home made from scratch and that’s what I was going for. (**Please do your own research and find a tutorial prior to making your own soap. This is not intended as a tutorial, only to share my experience with you**)
The tutorial I used was from One Good Thing by Jillee (I totally love all her tutorials and home made items!). She included another link to the tutorial she used that was also really great. I read the tutorials several times each just to make sure I was really familiar with the process, steps, and ingredients. Then, I dove in!
Obligatory selfie before getting started
All my equipment and ingredients, ready to go!
So what do you need for this?
Tools: A crockpot, a kitchen scale, a glass bowl or two, a stick blender, and a wooden spoon.
Ingredients: I used olive oil, coconut oil, water and lye, plus my Essential Oils (Lemon and Lavender).
I measured out my oils and poured them, unmixed, into my already heated crockpot (low setting). The coconut oil melts into the olive oil once it hits the heat.
Then I measured out my water, and added the lye to the water. **This is a very important step. It is imperative that you add the lye to the water, because if you add water to lye it will explode** **Also, lye is a very caustic substance, so do not let it touch your bare skin or inhale it in it’s original form. (Thus, why I did it outside) Once it’s added to the water and diluted by the oils, it’s caustic properties are reduced to where it’s merely a cleansing agent and able to be used on your skin.** It’s probably best to use glass bowls also. (Sdie note: The mixture did heat up when I mixed it, so just keep that in mind as well. Just something I noticed that I don’t recall seeing in the tutorials.) Once it was mixed well, I added it to the oil in my crockpot and mixed it all together with the stick blender.
And that was LITERALLY all there was to it! Now to let it “cook” for an hour according to the instructions. However, every crockpot is going to be different, and mine took longer.
This is how it looked after 30 minutes.
After 45 minutes. The edges are starting to look “crusty”. I got curious though if it was hard or not, so I poked it LOL….it just had a very thin “crispy” layer on the very top, which I poked through pretty easily. OOPS! But luckily, no harm done
After an hour and 15 minutes, it looks all “crispy” on the top so it should be ready!
My Lemon and Lavender oils. I added 10 drops of each. It smells very light and clean, but I think I’ll add more scent next time because I did want it a little bit stronger. That was literally my only complaint about the whole thing!
Mixed it all up! I did have to work pretty fast at this point because it was hardening before my eyes, and I needed to get it into the “mold” (just a bowl for me, but you can put it into pretty molds to make it whatever shape you want) fast before it set up and hardened and fell apart.
Poured it into a Tupperware bowl, put the lid on and let it set up overnight! Once it’s cool all the way through, and solid enough to not move when you tilt it, it’s ready to be cut!
All done!! This is one of the pieces I cut. It was ready to be used that day, but continues to harden up for about a week. Like I said, the scent is very light and clean-smelling, and it lathers up pretty nicely (not too much, but enough to be noticeable).
I hope you enjoyed the lengthy post, and please don’t hesitate to ask anything about the process or the soap!
Have you ever made soap? How did yours turn out?