Soap and toiletries making is one of the most lucrative ventures is the cosmetic market today. Everyone want soaps that would complement their skin and make them glow. And this demand in soap quality is what makes the manufacturers of this soaps put in their best in making the best soap.
Soap makers these days have a new zeal; how to make soap without lye. If they still want to stay in the business of making soaps safe enough for kids.
Because of the reason that the skin is the largest organ in the body, soap makers have to start making soap without lye, so that they don’t cause harm to the skin.
Chemical cleaner contains lye. And since lye is caustic and can give you a nasty burn, it is very wise to avoid buying products with lye in it. Better still, prevent it from being so close to your kid; whether you have lye or not, don’t let your kids get a hold of it, for security reasons.
Making Homemade Soap Without Lye
Some people have this notion that making soap at home is not only a waste of time but also a waste of resources. Because homemade soaps can’t beat the industrially manufactured soaps on the market.
What they don’t get is that if you know what you’re doing, then making soaps at home will be an easy and fulfilling task.
First of all, making soaps at home saves you a lot of money. All you have to do is get the recipe for the kind of soap you want to make and there you have it, your homemade soap.
Yes, I get it, you may be scared of trying out something new. But when you do it for a long time, you realize that you have nothing to worry about. Also, making your soap at home gives you an entrepreneurial feeling, as well as a sense of accomplishment that you have created something.
If that is not one of the greatest feelings in the world, then I don’t know what is.
Making homemade soap without lye is easy, all you have to do is get a recipe that doesn’t have lye as an ingredient, and you’re good to go. The process takes roughly about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and within this time, you can make as many soaps as you want for your family that can last for months.
Don’t get it wrong, when you try making it for the first time, the process might be overwhelming. But when you make the soap often, then you will get the hang of it in no time.
So What Is Lye?
Lye is a metal hydroxide that you get from leaching ashes, that contains potassium carbonate or potash. You can also find alternative contents like the alkali lye which solubility in water is quite high, producing an acid reaction.
Lye, being the alternative name to call sodium hydroxide (NaOH), is any member of the broad range of the metal hydroxide. Lye is a commercial product today and is manufactured through a membrane cell chloralkali process. Lye comes in many forms, including, flakes, microbeads, pellets, and coarse powder.
Easy Soap Recipes Without Lye
I said before that you could make soap at home, one that could last you and your family for months. And I also said that it is very hard, if not impossible to make soap with lye.
The good news is, I am going to show you how to make soap at home, that will be as good as the ones made by top brands.
You don’t need a costly scale, but you need one that will help you measure your ingredients. You need the scale because an error in measurement will affect the quality of your soap.
You might feel using the measuring cup is better, but, it is not the case. The thing is this, most manufacturers have measuring cups that vary slightly with one another. But if you use the scale, then you can evenly measure the ingredients.
2. Immersion Blender (aka the stick blender)
Since you are going to using a deep bowl to mix your soap solution, the wise thing to do is to get a stick or immersion blender.
Don’t ever use your hand when mixing the solution. Yes, you may use a glove, but not only is the glove likely to break while using it, but there is also a significant probability that the mix will not blend well, because of the crude nature of the mix.
If you want to get a stick blender, ensure you get one that is durable and sturdy. Because, most often than not, your solution would be thick and would need a potent force to move turn and blend it properly.
3. Get Your Natural Soap Base
You would need a soap base that has little or no chemical substances or additives to it. It must also have a unique fragrance to it; not so unique so you don’t go out of your way to get what you may consider perfect.
Get a soap base that works for you. The simpler the base, the milder the feeling on the body. Bases like the goat milk soap base or the glycerin soap base, or my personal favorite, the Shea butter soap bases are good soap bases you can try out (especially if you are a beginner).
4. A Mold Would Do The Trick
A simple mold like a baking pan will do fine. All you need to be sure of is the fact that the mold uses metal and can melt the soap base. The amount of base you are dissolving will reflect on the size of the mold; thus, the bigger the product, the larger the mold.
To make the removing easy, you would need to line the mold with paper, so that all you do is to take out the paper and you’re done. You could also get silicon molds if you don’t want to use your rusty old baking pans. Plus, this mold comes in fun shapes and sizes.
5. Herbs And Plants Are Great too
Not just herb and plants are suitable for the fragrance; they also come in handy for their health benefits too. Dried lavender (or even fresh ones) and roses, or even plant powder comes in handy for not just coloring but also beautifying the skin.
6. Essential Oil Also Comes In Handy
Now I know many of you might think the list is going on and on. But if you want to make something that you and your family can use, then you would need to use all these ingredients.
The essential oil contains the vital minerals and supplements you would need for a good body glow. Not just that, the oil makes the soap mild and beautifully scented.
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7. Finally, Liquid
The liquid is to cool down the soap during the melting period so that it doesn’t burn off completely. Notice how I used liquid instead of water? Well, although water is okay, you could also use scented liquid, like coffee, or green tea, or even coconut milk. You know, anything that can dial down the heating process.
Step by Step Guideline On How To Make Soap Without Lye
1. The first thing to do is to measure all your ingredient on a scale.
If you are using a recipe off the internet, fine, but what you should always have at the back of your mind is that manufacturers measuring scales may differ. Which is why you would need a regular scale to do all measuring stuff that you will be doing.
But for this exercise, you would need 8 ounces of soap base and shred it using a cheese grater. Put your shredded soap base in a bowl, and add 2 ounces of water to it, or any other liquid you might deem fit.
2. When you have done that, you begin with the heating process. You heat the soap on a low setting boiler or a crock pot. You could also use the baking pans and the silicon pans if you want.
You should also use an oven (which mean the crock pot or boiler or baking pan has to be oven-safe). Where you know you can control the heat.
Always remove the bowl to stir the container so that you avoid burning. And it should have a 15 minute to 1-hour interval period, after every stir. Use the stick blender to prevent it from being too lumpy (even though it will be lumpy and opaque)
3. Next, you can then begin to add your ingredients, like the essential oil and the powdered plants and herbs
4. After you have added your ingredients, the next step is to stir the gel-based soap consistently, using the stick blender.
You could pour as much ingredient as you want into your mold while stirring. Because when the soap solidifies, then you cannot add any more ingredients.
5. When you are done mixing your ingredient with the soap, you can then keep it down and allow to cool down. It is during this time that you can get the shape that you want.
So while the soap is still hot, you can turn your soap into shaped containers so that the soap can take on the form of the container.
6. Now here’s where the trick lies. You don’t want to use the soap immediately because you feel it is dried, no! You have to wait for a couple of days before you use the soap. Doing this will elongate the life of this soap for a longer time.
7. You are done making your soap. That must be very fulfilling, but if you want to enjoy your creation long enough, then you will need to do one last thing. You would need to ensure that your soap dries up after every use before you can use it again.
So the good news is, you can make homemade soap without lye. The thing is, because many people, for a long time, have used to making soap with lye, have concluded that making soap with lye is the only way to make soap.
But as you have seen from the above, it is possible to make soap without lye. And still, have a stimulating effect and feeling on the skin.
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