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Small Project "Making home made soap"

Updated on April 9, 2011

Are You New to Making Soap?

If you're new to this art then you need to know that there are different types of soap that can be made at home.

Of the examples of types of soap; bar soap, liquid soap, transparent or glycerin soap, cream soap and whipped bar soap.

There are many methods can be used in making soap, when you decided what type of soap you would like to craft, you can then decide on what  method to use.

You can practice making soap in good looking shape using molds or craft it using hands, so you'll be able to sell them.

How to make soap?

There are many methods to make soap. Cold process, room temp, hot process, melt and pour soap, whipped cream soap, whipped soap bars, liquid soap and transparent or glycerin soap.

I prefer the room temperature method for 2 reasons; the first is because it's easy and second is no high temp that might saturate oil used in making soap.

Here is a detailed procedure for making soap at room temperature.

Room temperature procedure to make soap at home

  1. Prepare the mold you're going to use.
  2. Measure out the additives such as scent, colour or botanical. Set them all aside.
  3. Weigh out and place all hard oils (butters, coconut oil, palm oil, tallow, lard, ...) into your soap pot.
  4. Weigh out the liquid oils and set them aside as well.
  5. You must start preparing lye solution by weighing out the water, then the sodium hydroxide. Slowly pour sodium hydroxide into water, gently stir until the crystals are completely dissolved.
  6. Once the lye solution has become clear, you can slowly pour it over the hard oils in your soap pot. "The lye solution will become very hot and that heat will be used in melting hard oils.
  7. Gently mash hard oils in lye solution with your stainless whisk then slowly stir until the hard oils have completely melted.
  8. Finally mix with all stuff with a stick blender until the soap traces.

  9. After it traces add the scent and colour that match the ingredients,  and add any other additives and blend then pour into your soap mold.

Avocado Oil Soap "For dry skin"

The room temperature procedure can be used to make this soap.

45 g Avocado oil 10%

135 g coconut oil 30%

135 g Comfrey Infused Olive Oil 30%

135 g Palm Oil 30%

163 g Distilled water

63 g Lye

Additives

1/2 tsp lemongrass

1/2 tsp rosemary extract

rose geranium

orris root powder

1 tsp confectioner sugar

1/4 tsp chromium oxide

1 tsp sweet orange

1/2 tsp Sw. Almond/Vit. E (80:20 blend)

Vanilla and Almond Soap

This soap is great for removing dirt and oil from the skin without drying.

Vanilla is for fragrance and ground almonds provide a nice texture for soap and helps scrubbing.

  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 3 bars Castile soap
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 3 tbsp almond oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla fragrance oil
  1. Grind almonds to fine powder in a food processor.
  2. Shred the soap bars and.
  3. In a heavy saucepan put water and leave it to boil; then reduce heat to a simmer.
  4.  Remove the pan from heat and add other ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spoon liquid soap into molds and let set for at least five hours.

Coconut & Olive Soap

1 cup olive oil

1 cup coconut oil

1 cup melted tallow (animal fat)

2 tbsp lye (heaping)

1/2 cup cold distilled water

Use the room temperature procedure.

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    • amahubber profile image

      amahubber 6 years ago from Egypt

      Nice way to make soap, I think I'll try it

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Anytime ama:)

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      Balinese 6 years ago from Ireland

      Wow ! Seem like getting easier to make soap now. Thanks for sharing

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I always wondered how you made soap, thanks for the info, cheers nell

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Thank you Balinese and Rose, yes making soap is easy, crafting is the issue;)

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      Cameron Dean 6 years ago from New York

      I’m going to try just for kicks, the Vanilla and Almond Soap seems the easiest, (the ingredients are easily available).

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Yes Camiron you're right and less dangerous too ;)

      trying new things is fun

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 6 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      I have a fresh appreciation for quality soap... but i think I'd still prefer buying it from someone else. I may not want to use it, knowing what it takes to make it.

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      This is true Luxmi:), but some people might take it as a project and it's a real good one.

    • amahubber profile image

      amahubber 6 years ago from Egypt

      I've tried the vanilla and almond soap, it was really nice. I can't believe how smooth my skin is after bath.Thanks for the recipe.

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Nice to hear that you've tried it, it's really wonderfull and smoothen skin especially when you leave it on your body for minutes then use a scrubber.

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      Pravf 6 years ago from Malaysia

      I thought soaps undergo complex procedures to form into shape. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      You're most welcomed Pravf, many things we think they're complecated but actually they're not. Now I can do many things at home and they're better and cheaper too :)

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      Richard83 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I see that you are very creative kafsoa. This is something to try for sure. I will make sure I tell my wife. She loves candles and soap. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to learn from all your useful hubs.

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      kafsoa 6 years ago

      Thanks Richard. Sharing is always a good idea:)

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      You make it look so easy.I will have to try instead of going out to the store and simply buy.Thanks for the tips.

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