Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simple Lye Soap Tutorial

Hello everyone!!!

While we were at the Art Fair we made a simple soap tutorial with pics. This is our simplest soap recipe but it makes a great soap! Makes you feel squeaky clean and naturally soft. This one is my favorite recipe out of them all. All of these can be picked up at Wal-mart.


6.3 oz of Olive Oil
6.3 oz of Coconut Oil
12.6 oz of Crisco

Lye solutions:
3.5 oz of Sodium Hydroxide(lye)
8.3 oz of water


Mix your lye solution together. Be sure to follow all the safety precautions. Safety glasses, gloves and aprons. Add the lye to the water and not the other way around. In an open area so you don't breath the fumes. They can be deadly. Be sure to be safe around the lye solution. It can burn you severely. Let it sit and cool down to about 90* before adding it to the oils. I use a plastic measuring cup to mix my lye solution in. Glass will bust some times.

Weigh all of your oils on a digital scale and heat them 
to around 100*. I stay between 89* to 100*. I love
to use those large candy bowls you get at Halloween 
and heat my oils in the microwave for 1 1/2 mins.
If your oils gets over 100* wait until they cool before
adding the lye.

Now pour your lye solution into the oils. Be careful
and wear all your safety gear. 

About half way through mixing it should look like this.

The stick blender is the best tool for modern soap making.
 Use it for 2 - 3 mins then turn it off to mix the soap
by hand with a spoon or whisk. Then turn on the blender
for another 2 - 3 mins. Use it that way until it is done.

Once it gets to trace its done.

You can tell you reached trace when you raise
the blender out of the mix and it leaves lines
that doesn't fade away quickly. It will leave
faint lines for a few seconds before it fades.

Stir it a little then its done. You can
add your scent in at this stage. Or if you an all natural
soap add a spice. Cinnamon or mustard is great for
the skin.

Pour it into your mold. It can be a wooden log
mold lined with wax paper or any silicone mold.
Let set until hard and unmold. Then let sit to cure
for 4 weeks. 

All done. :) You have just made soap. There are lots of great things you can add to your soap that is great for your skin. My favorite 3 are milk, honey, and pumpkin puree. They feel so wonderful!!

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