Making your own products and doing DIYs can be immensely rewarding despite the fact it is mostly time-consuming. It can be fun to do and at the same time will save you from purchasing expensive products and damaging yourself from the substances you do not know present in the product or item you just bought. Same thing with soaps. It is better that you make your artisanal soap rather than risking your skin’s health buying products you do not know! Plus, not to mention the self-gratification that comes with being able to create your own soap in the house!
Here is how you can do it.
Things You Will Need
- 14 oz of palm oil
- 16 oz of coconut oil
- 21 oz of olive oil
- 7 teaspoons of essential oil for scent
- 19 oz of distilled water
- Vessel that is heatproof
- Plastic wrap
- Parchment or waxed paper
- Plastic wrap
- Rubber gloves
- Old towel
- Safety goggles
- Immersion blender
- Measuring cup
- Soap mold
Before you make your own soap, it is important that you be cautious in handling lye. Lye is a caustic salt that may burn your skin and any surface when not handled carefully. This is why is it crucial to use protective gear such as gloves, safety goggles, and long sleeves when making your own soap.
1. mix the lye – mixing the lye requires a well-ventilated area. If you can also do the procedure outside your house, please do so. Carefully pour your 201g of hydrogen peroxide into your 19 oz of water. You need to be very careful with the measurements as well as the process of pouring in because you will create a chemical reaction that heats up the water up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides the heat, it will also make some strong fumes so you need to have the proper gear.
NOTE: add lye to the water and never add water to lye because if you do so, it will cause a strong reaction to the extent it will explode.
The next thing to do is to cool the lye which usually takes up to 2 hours, depending on the area where you put it. You can let it sit outside to speed up the process.
2. prepare the mold – whatever mold you use, carefully place the parchment or wax paper inside the mold to make the soap easier to obtain later when it dries (also avoids damaging the shape of the soap). this is also the time to prepare your essential oils as well as other ingredients you will be putting in your soap mixture. For this ingredient, you can add 5 teaspoons of any preferred essential oils.
3. Blend your essential oils to your lye – heat your oil and blend it to your lye. After blending, makes sure to line the soap mold and cover it with a lid. Use your used towel for insulation. Do not disturb the mixture and wait for one day until the soap dries.
4. Cut your soap – once your soap has already dried, you can now cut and cure your soap as the finishing step.