Making Homemade Soap
BY: The News Voice
Soap is a part of regular self hygiene. It helps removing sweat and dirt from the skin.
Soap is nothing but fat or oil mixed with an alkali. The oil can be plant or animal and the alkali is called lye (Sodium Hydroxide).
The chemical reaction when oil and lye are combined and heated is called saponification. On it's own lye is highly corrosive substance but after the soap there's no lye left for harm.
There are two ways to make soap from scratch: Hot process and Cold process. The following instructions are for hot process.
- coconut oil - olive oil - distilled water -lye -essential oils -colorants and dried flowers or herbs (optional)
Add lye to the water not the other way around. Carefully stir it while you add it and set it aside for later.
Heat coconut oil and olive oil and stir well. Place the immersion blender to a side and add lye solution slowly. Stir the mixture without any bubbles till it gets trace.
Let the mixture cool down to add essential oils and colorants. Mix and pour into mold and tap to remove air bubbles.
Top them with dried herbs or flowers if using in whichever pattern you like!
After pouring the soap into the molds, set them aside for around 24 hours. Remove them after they harden and cut them with knife or cutter into smaller sizes if you wish.
The soap can be used at this point but it's better to let it dry foe a week before using. Homemade soaps have lighter scents than store-bought ones.
It takes time to get the perfect looking soap. Don't get discouraged in the first attempt. The more you make the better your soap will be!