How to make green soap at home

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How to make green soap at home
Natural, Green Soap (Images Courtesy of Fotosearch)

Green soap, also known as organic or natural soap, can be costly when purchased at health food stores or crafts fairs. Luckily, it is possible to make a high-quality, cold-press green soap right in your own kitchen. Green soap making does take practice in order to perfect the soap, achieving both a proper consistency and rich lather.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 473ml olive oil
  • 473ml coconut oil
  • 473ml palm oil
  • 198gr lye
  • 473ml water
  • 1/8 cup lavender essential oil
  • Large stock pot
  • 2 glass candy thermometers
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Soap moulds
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Combine the lye and the water into a glass measuring cup. Do this in a well-ventilated area. Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves to protect your eyes and skin from lye and lye fumes. Place a glass candy thermometer into the lye water. Check the temperature of the lye water periodically. It is ready when the temperature reaches 43.3 degrees C.

    How to make green soap at home
    Combine the lye and water
  2. 2

    Combine the palm, coconut and olive oil in a stock pot while the lye is heating. Heat it over medium heat. Place a second glass candy thermometer into the stock pot. Once the temperature reaches 43.3 degrees C, it will be ready to remove from the heat and combine with the lye.

    How to make green soap at home
    Heat the oils
  3. 3

    Carefully pour the lye into the heated oils, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add the essential oils into the mixture and continue to stir. Stir the mixture until the consistency resembles a thick pudding. This is called "tracing," and will indicate that the mixture is ready to pour into the soap moulds.

    How to make green soap at home
    Trace the mixture
  4. 4

    Carefully pour the mixture into soap moulds. Leave the soap in the moulds for at least 5 days. Then remove the soaps and place them in a cool, dark room. Let the soaps cure in the room for up to 6 weeks. The longer the soaps cure, the better the soap's lathering abilities will be.

    How to make green soap at home
    Pour the soaps into moulds

Tips and warnings

  • Keep hot oils and lye away from children.
  • Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves when handling lye.

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