Once you’ve mastered the basics of soap making, it’s fun to create your own recipes.

First, you have to decide what method of soap making you’re going to make. Are you going to use the cold process method (with lye), the rebatched/handmilled method or the melt and pour method?

Next, what kind of soap do you want to make? For example, prettily molded hand soap or moisturizing soap to use in the bath or shower?

Are you going to superfat your soap? Superfatting is when you add additional fatty oils after saponification to make a richer, creamier soap. There are all kinds of different oils you can use in superfatting, including shea butter and cocoa butter.

What color do you want your soap? What do you want your soap to smell like? What shape and size mold do you want to use? These are important questions to consider.

Do you want to include additives such as oatmeal, flower petals or glitter?

Once you’ve carefully crafted your own recipe and written instructions, have all the ingredients and equipment necessary, it’s time to start making your soap.

Now don’t forget you have to allow time for the soap to set and cure. If you’re making cold process soap, this take two weeks. On the other hand, making soap using the melt and pour method only takes a few hours to set, even less if you put it in the refrigerator!

If you plan on giving your soap to friends and family, they’re sure to be impressed by the fact that you made the soap yourself, using your own recipe! If you know they like a specific scent, shapes or colors, you can tailor make the soap to their liking, eg, making lavender seashells for someone who likes seashells and lavender fragrance.

It’s really satisfying to make soap using your own recipe. Once you’ve mastered the art of soap making, or even enjoying the process of mastering it, you may find it hard to stop!

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Wednesday 9 March 11 03:53
Making your own soap is a lot of fun. I love making my own soap for myself and also giving it as gifts to family and friends. If you’re interested in making your own soap but not sure where to start, here’s a brief explanation of the three different soap making processes:

1. Cold Process

Cold process soap making is really making soap from scratch. The three basic ingredients you’ll need to make soap this way are water, oils and sodium hydroxide (lye). Lye is classed as a hazardous material. It can burn skin on contact. When using lye you need to be extremely careful and take all safety precautions, such as wearing safety goggles, protective gloves, clothing and shoes. You also need to ensure you use a stainless steel saucepan and have separate containers for the storing of lye and measuring cups, etc just for soap making.

It’s very important you use a good recipe if making soap this way that tells you all the precautions you need to take when using lye; such as mixing the water and lye outside or in a very well ventilated area. The mixing of water and lye first produces a steam so toxic that it can burn your lungs.

You need to be very responsible when handling lye and it does sound scary, so a lot of soap making beginners prefer starting off making their own soap by the following two methods.

2. Handmilled or Rebatched Method

This method involves the grating of ready made soap (so there’s no lye to worry about) that is then melted with added water. You can add your own additives, such as flower petals, herbs, lavender, oatmeal, spices, soap colors and fragrance. Then you pour it into soap molds and leave to set. This can take 24 hours but for a truly hardened soap it can take up to two weeks.

3. Melt and Pour Method

In my experience, this is the easiest method to use if you’re a beginner. Melt and pour soap comes in ready made soap blocks (no lye to deal with). You just melt it, either in the microwave or double boiler, add your soap color, fragrance and optional additives, pour it into the mold and leave it to set for a few hours. Once it’s set it’s ready to use!

When making soap by any of the methods above, it’s important you use a good recipe so you get the measurements of the soap, colourings, fragrances and additives right. It’s also important that you don’t accidentally splash yourself when dealing with a hot, melted soap mixture.

Soap making is addictive. Once you make your first successful batch, you don’t want to stop! So why not get started on your soap making journey today?

Sulfur soap has proven to be an effective treatment for a number of problem skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, scabies and particularly acne. Check out http://www.sulphursoap.net/ for more Sulfur soap information.

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