HOW TO make organic soap in 10 easy steps
Organic and healthy beauty products have increased in popularity over the past few years. Even after spending substantial amounts of money, the products might give us allergic reactions or just not work for us. Then why not to try making the products ourselves?
It is not only much cheaper but it is also considerably easier than you may expect, let's see how. Image left: soap stall by Chris Booth under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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LET'S DO IT
There are many ways of making soap. Many of these methods contain sodium hydroxide (a.k.a. Lye). In this first method, we will be using lye and the cold process method, the oldest and most commonly used soap making method.
In spite this method takes more time, it is the preferred soap making method. Let's see how to make organic soap in 10 easy steps. Follow these easy steps to make organic soaps healthy for your skin.
First of all gather the necessary ingredients. To make a successful piece of soap you will need:
- 3/4 cup of cold distilled water
- 3/8 cup of Sodium Hydroxide or Lye
- 1 cup organic almond oil
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 3/4 cup organic olive oil (not extra virgin)
- 1/8 tsp. Rose essential oil (*optional)
- 1/2 cup rose petals (*optional)
- Plastic cling film
- Soap molds or a cake mold
You will also need some additional tools to help you in this process:
- A thermometer
- Glass jar or measuring cup
- Double boiler
- A wooden or stainless steel spoon
- A big bowl
- Elbow high gloves and goggles
- Electric weight
Second, grab a big bowl. The bowl is going to be used for soap making only, you don't want any residues of the sodium hydroxide going into your food.
It is much more hygienic and safe to have the same bowl for making all your soaps. Nowadays there are commercially available kits that include all these products as the kit for making oatmeal Glycerin Soap.
Pour some distilled water or some cold water from the tap into the large bowl. Then having weighed out your sodium hydroxide (a.k.a. Lye) pour it gently into the water and stir slowly. Never pour water into the lye.
Make sure you are doing this in a well-ventilated area and don't lean right into your bowl as the sodium hydroxide as water reacting produce fumes that you don't want to inhale as they are toxic.
Set the mixture aside and let it cool and allow the fumes to dissipate. As additional information, you should know that the cold process method produces soaps that tend to last longer than those others made using other processes, something that you'll probably find out soon as there are only six steps to finish the soap making process.
Weigh out your oils. For this method we will be using:
- organic coconut oil,
- organic almond oil and
- organic olive oil.
You may use any oils you prefer but these oils not only work well in the soap but have spectacular health benefits.
- COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is a marvellous moisturiser. It is highly effective on all types of skin and is mostly used on dry skin as its benefit is comparable to that of mineral oil, but without the possible side effects.
Coconut oil prevents dryness and the flaking of the skin and can also delay wrinkles and sag of skin.
Coconut oil is great for skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Image right: Herbcyclopedia.
This is why coconut oil is commonly used in soaps, body creams, bath melts...
- ALMOND OIL
It works its best on the skin due to its high content of vitamin C. It moisturizes your skin and works great for almost any skin type.
The only downside is that an excessive use of this oil on your face can lead up to clogged up pores and breakouts.
This oil is extremely soothing and can calm down itchiness from skin problems such as eczema.
- OLIVE OIL
Is very gentle and non-irritating even on the most sensitive of skins. It is a great skin defoliator as it does not clog up your pores. It also smoothness skin textures due to its intrinsic antioxidant properties.
Olive oil is also highly moisturising because of its antioxidant properties, contributing to delay the natural ageing process.
Remember that antioxidants play a very important role in our lives, as they are capable by themselves to stop oxidation, a process in which free radicals in our bodies are trying to get the electron they miss from other healthy molecules. In fact, it has been proven that antioxidants improve skin condition.
It is actually the hydrophilic properties in the antioxidants which create a protective barrier trapping moisture on your skin.
Melt slowly in a double boiler the coconut oil until it has completely melted. Then remove it from the heat and stir in the almond and olive oil.
Retrieve your bowl of lye and water and check the temperature. It should be about the same as your oils. Start by pouring a small amount of lye into the oil mixture.
If there is no reaction then it is safe to add the rest of the mixture in. Make sure you stir your mixture with a wooden or stainless steel spoon.
Mix the mixture until it has a thick and creamy texture and has the appearance of pudding or thin yoghurt. When it reaches the consistency you can add in your chosen fragrance. We are going to be adding rose essential oil and rose petals for a nice fresh and floral smell and an interesting appearance.
Next pour your soap mixture into your molds and cover with plastic cling film and a towel and set aside for 18-24 hours to cool and harden.
After your soap has hardened uncover your soap and let it sit uncovered for another 12-24 hours.
Finally, cut your soap into your desired shape using a cutter or a sharp flat knife. If you use a knife make sure it is only for soap making as you do not wish to ingest lye. Once they have been cut lay the out and allow for them to cure for 5 weeks.
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