How to make an Organic Soap at home
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Many brands of commercial soaps are in the market. There are lye-based soap and others claim to be organic ones.
I’ve also made lye-based soap for my investigatory project in my high school years. It corroded some parts of my hands when it accidentally penetrated my gloves. And you cannot bear the fumes when you heat it and mix with other ingredients, such as essential oil, caustic soda, salt, etc. Even if you use mask, you can still inhale the dangerous fumes of lye.
Making organic soap may solve several problems at home, like the budget in buying commercial soap including your skin problem. Why? Because the main ingredients are all organic fruits and vegetables.
You can try these ingredients:
a) carrots - rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene and the juice is good for skin rejuvenation or prevent wrinkles and skin pigmentation
b) banana - rich in potassium and you can apply it at the scalp of your head to reduce thinning hair
c) papaya - rich in Vitamin D and papaine and the mashed flesh is used as facial mask and skin softening agent
d) kalamansi or lemoncito (small lemons) - is rich in Vitamin C and contains alpha-hydrolic acid that helps whiten our skin
e) virgin coconut oil - is rich in natural fatty acids that cures skin rashes or inflammation
If we combine these organic ingredients, it is possible to create a new but non-commercial soap that you can make at home.
We will reduce now the ingredients for the conventional soap-making at home. We can now remove caustic soda that is abrasive or irritating to the skin. We will remove it because we’re making a bath soap that is both user-friendly and good for the environment.
We will never add lye because it is also a dangerous agent if not handled properly. I remember using it in the chem lab that almost destroyed my hand gloves when it melted, just like caustic soda.
Repurposing our bath soaps can also be an alternative. If you have babies at home, it's dangerous to handle commercial lye. Or better yet, you can use ashes of burnt rice straws as an alternative.
My alternative procedure in soapmaking
- For Saponification. Instead a group of natural oil (such as lavender, coconut oil, camphor oil and other herbal extracts) that we can combine plus lard as an additive for aroma and as gel agent respectively.
- Your choice of essences. We will mix the featured organic fruits and vegetables (carrots, banana, papaya, kalamansi juice and coconut virgin oil) for the rest of the process.
- Cold Process. Put it in the available mold, as in rectangular pan then it harden for about a day. Then, divide it according to your liking. It can be a very good gift to your friends and neighbors. With a good explanation about the health benefits of the ingredients you have mixed, it can be an instant hit at your home. I’m sure, you can now start a good home business with this kind of organic soap.
What name should I call it? Travel Man’s Soap? Well, I have to register it first at SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) here in the Philippines in order to be legit. What do you opine?
What is needed for Basic soap making
Qualities of oil to be used vary from soft to hard soap products.
- Palm oil, beef tallow and lard produce hard but long lasting soap.
- Coconut, palm and corn kernel oil produce soap with huge amount of lather or bubbles.
- Olive oil, canola, sunflower and soy oil are good for moisturizer.
- Cocoa butter, shea butter, almond oil, hemp oil and jojoba are superb as moisturizer and use in making luxury soaps.
If you combine these oils, you can choose whether or not to use only vegetable oil or animal oil as well.
- 30% tallow, 25% coconut oil, 45 % olive oil (This will make a basic bar of soap)
- Try combining natural or herbal oils, like: 25% palm oil, 25% coconut oil, 25% olive oil, 15 % canola oil, 10% sunflower oil. This will also make a good recipe on soap making.
- By adjusting each percentage and adding less than 10% of castor oil, it will balance the lather and creaminess of the soap.
Commercial soap qualities
Did you ever noticed that some commercial soap are irritating to the eyes and not good for the skin. By making huge batches of soap commercially, the quality suffered.
Baby soaps are hypoallergenic (not abrasive to the skin) so I tend to use them.
Some bath soaps are so fragrant but hard to skin. I tried using soap that said it is for women's only. I don't think men's skin are different from women.
So, are you ready to try it at home? I tried one, too, but my budget at present can never supply for big batches. Experimenting is fun. We had all the laughs, frustration and success when making the soap recipes.
Organic Soap Making by VermontSoap
A Basic Soap Making Method Without Lye
One of those who commented in this hub, lilchoc, tried finding the answer why I didn't include lye in making my home-made soap. So, here's the basic procedure for those hubbers and offline HP readers who are interested to try this at home.
Repurposing a batch of Ivory soap by adding your own herbs and essential oils is a fun and easy way to create soap. You can start it at any time.
- ¼ cup water
- Dried and pulverized herbs
- Essential oil
- Approximately two cups shredded Ivory soap
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Glass plate
- Soap making mold (optional)
- Pour boiling water over your herbs.
- Add five or six drops of essential oil.
- Bring to a boil, stirring regularly.
- Pour mixture over the shredded Ivory soap.
- Mix well.
- Wait 20 minutes.
- Divide the mixture into several small balls or press into the selected soap making mold.
- Let dry for three to four days on a glass plate in an cool area of your home.