The process of making your own soap can be very rewarding. You also have the power to choose your own ingredients. Oatmeal, milk and honey are excellent ingredients to use if you suffer from dry skin. One method of soap making you may want to try is called cold process soap making. It uses lye to interact with the oil or shortening you use in the recipe. You can utilise this method to make several bars of soap at once.
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Things you need
- Plastic gloves
- Plastic container
- 414ml. water
- 170gr. lye
- Plastic spoon
- 1361gr. shortening
- 118ml. milk
- 6 tbsp powdered oatmeal
- 3 tbsp honey
- Soap moulds
Put on a pair of plastic gloves and a set of goggles. Lye is dangerous if it is not handled correctly, and it is best to take precautions when using it.
Pour 414ml. of water in a plastic container and then add 170gr. of lye.
Stir the lye/water until it is completely combined. It will begin to fizz and get very hot, so be careful.
Set your lye/water aside to cool down to 37.8 degrees C.
Melt 1361gr. of shortening in a pot over the stove, or by microwaving it in a microwave-safe dish.
Pour the melted shortening along with 118ml. of milk in a blender.
Add the lye/water mixture in to the blender slowly. Then close the lid and blend until the ingredients become cloudy.
Add 6 tbsp of powdered oatmeal and 3 tbsp of honey and blend for another 30 seconds.
Pour the contents of the blender in your soap moulds.
Set your soap moulds aside for 24 to 36 hours so that the ingredients have time to set. You can then remove them and begin using them.
Tips and warnings
- You can substitute oil for the shortening.
- Goat milk can be used instead of milk from a cow.
- Do not set the lye anywhere your children or pets could get it. It could cause serious burns.
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