Easy Home Made Soap Making


 
 

When a friend was suffering from extremely dry skin it motivated me to finally try soap making. Soap purchased in stores are made out of detergents (that dry your skin) and often contain perfumes that many people have problems with.

I thought that it would cost me more to make my own soap, but I was wrong. After my initial experimenting, making soap at home is actually cheaper than buying it in the store.

You add only the ingredients that you want making it healthier as well as cheaper.

 
In my opinion, the easiest way to get in to soap making at home is to start out using a 'melt and pour' kit. Melt and pour kits are more expensive than buying each ingredient and mixing them but it takes the guesswork out of soap making. It allows you to gain confidence while you experiment with additives. Once you have a handle on soap making using melt and pour, you can easily start blending ingredients.

 
What Is Melt and Pour?

Melt and pour soap base is a block of pre-made base that you simply melt and pour into molds for easy at-home soap making. You can customize your home made soap with color, scents (essential oils or perfumes) and optional additives like oatmeal. You can use preformed molds or use interesting containers you have around the house. I have used cream cheese containers and silicone ice cube trays, but any flexible container will work.

For your first attempt at making your own soap, I would recommend purchasing a complete kit. There are some great quality kits available on Amazon.



This kit includes everything you need to make your own soap at home. You get melt & pour soap base, soap molds, stir stick, dried oats, color chip & fragrance oils... and even wrapping for your home made soap.

Melt and Pour Soap Step By Step

1) Cut the soap base into chunks and heat. You can use a crockpot, a double broiler or (my favorite) a microwave.

2) If you want to add color, stir in a color chip

3) If you want to add fragrance, stir in the fragrance. (This particular kit comes with Lavender, Honey Almond, Cucumber Melon but I add my own essential oils)

4) Pour into molds.

5) Cool for about 2 hours on the counter. (Not in the fridge)

6) Wrap. (I like to wrap my bars in plastic wrap)

 
Buying Melt and Pour Soap Base (Non-kit)

If you don't want to spend the extra money for a kit, you can find 2 pound blocks of melt and pour soap base on Amazon. I've also found them on ebay. 

You will need to supply your own coloring and scents (if you want to use them). And you will have to come up with your own molds (but you can use almost anything as a mold). 



 
Home Made Soap Making Tips

When you start with a kit, it's so easy to make your own soap there's not much that can go wrong. Here are a couple of tips that I've learned to make it even easier for you:

Avoid air bubbles in your soap by not over-stirring. Allow the base to melt on it's own. If you are using a microwave to heat your base, grate the chunk of base rather than cutting it into chunks. Then, microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring just a little between microwave times.

You can get rid of any air bubbles that rise to the top of your mold by lightly spritzing with rubbing alcohol.

Once the base has melted, you have between 5 and 8 minutes to add your additional ingredients and pour it into your molds.

If you add essential oils to your soap, you can add as much or as little as you want. I start by adding 20 drops of any essential oil and then add more drops if I feel it needs it. Keep in mind that heat will make essential oils weaker so wait until just before you pour into the mold to add your essential oils.

Other things you may want to add to your home made soap include:

Oils for moisturizing. (Cocoa butter, shea butter, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Milk, etc) Start with about a tsp per pound of soap. Add more or less depending on your preferences.

 It's easy to make soap at home. It saves money and it is so much healthier.
 
Enjoy!

 

 


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like fun! I'm hoping for nice weather soon so I can get outside, but I've already put it on my calendar to try this winter.

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