2/3 cup other liquid oil (almond, sunflower, grape seed)
¼ cup lye
¾ cup cool distilled water
Cover the area with newspaper. Put on protective gear (glasses and gloves).
Measure the water in the quart jar. Keep the spoon close by.
Measure the lye to ensure you have ¼ cup exactly. Slowly pour it into the water and stir. Stand back a little, to avoid fumes. When water begins to clear up, you can allow the mixture to sit.
In the pint jar, add the oils together. They should be equal to one pint. Heat the jar in microwave for a minute. When the temperature is 120 degrees or so.
The lye should also be 120 degrees by then. Wait till both liquids mixtures are between 95 and 105 degrees, or else the texture of the soap will be coarse and crumbly.
When the lye and oils are the right temperatures, pour the oils into the mixing pot and then slowly add the while stirring the pot. Stir the mix for 5 minutes or use an immersion blender.
The mix will become lighter in color and thicken. Then you can add herbs, essential oils or any other additive. Stir thoroughly and pour mixture into the mold.
Cover the mold with plastic. Set the mold on the towel and wrap it to contain the heat.
24 hours later, check your soap. If it’s warm or mellow, let it sit for another 12- 24 hours. Once it’s cold and firm, place it on a parchment paper. Cut it into bars if necessary. Let the soap sit for 4 weeks or so. Turn the sides for air to reach both faces.
Once the soap is fully done, wrap it in a wax paper or airtight container. You can also get custom soap boxes for your bars that will give a more professional look to your homemade soaps.
Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your equipment that has been exposed to lye. White vinegar will neutralize the lye. As for cooking pots, let them sit until the residual soaps harden on the surface then wash it off in hot water.
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2 ounces of fragrance or essential oil blend (such as the Lavender Dream blend of patchouli, orange, and lavender essential oils)
First, put just the cocoa butter into the bowl/pot alone and start to melt it. In the microwave, heat the cocoa butter for 3 minutes at 50 percent power. When the cocoa butter is partially melted, add the shea butter, and heat further. Then continue to add the solid oils in the reverse order of their melting point. Coconut oil next, then the lard.
Continue heating the solid oils until they are completely melted. Then add the liquid oils to the mixture.
While you’re heating the oils, measure out your fragrance or essential oil as well, and you’re ready to make some soap! Mix the oils together.
To make the lye solution, you’ll need a glass jar or pitcher that’s taller than the actual amount of liquid it will hold. Add the water to the jar and then, once you’ve measured out the lye, add it to the pitcher of water. Mix the water-lye solution with a non-metal utensil, like a chopstick. Let it cool down a bit; the jar will be hot to touch.
Now, add the lye solution to the oils. Use a stick blender to mix the oils until you achieve “trace,” which just means that the mixture will hold its form when you drag the blender through it. Add the fragrance and stir a bit.
Pour the soap into the mold and let it set up overnight. After 24 hours or so, unmold it and let it cure for a few weeks.