Just a short one day. About a month ago I made my first batch of soap. I found a recipe online and ordered some pieces of equipment and went for it. It was a simple cold process batch which means that I had to wait a month for the bars to cure. Overall I enjoyed it and I will be looking at making some more.
First I had to mix up some water and some lye. As a point of note, lye can be highly corrosive and needs the proper respect. Yes, it is a dangerous item, but not one that is so very dangerous that you need to be afraid of even being near it. Also, remember that white vinegar can help neutralize lye, so if you are looking into using lye for anything it is a good idea to make sure that you have some vinegar on hand in case things go sideways.
I had read that mixing water and lye will produce heat, but I wasn’t quite prepared for it to get that warm. When that was set to the side I measured out my oils. For my first batch, I used a mixture of coconut, olive, and rapeseed. This was mixed and heated (had to heat the coconut to measure it out). When everything got to the right temperature (had to wait for things to cool down) the water/lye mixture was combined with the oils and things got mixed together.
This turns to look kinda like vanilla pudding. When it gets to that stage you can add things like essential oils in. For this batch, I put in peppermint extract. It happened to be the one that we had one hand. Then a touch more mixing and it went into the molds.
After a day in the molds, the soap was ready to cure. Since I had a wire rack I was able to just let it sit out for a month. I’ve used it just a bit so far and I enjoy it. I’m going to have to look into making some more. I have seen some recipes for a beer soap, oatmeal soap, and some others. Be on the look out for more.
How about the rest of you, has anyone else made soap? Would anyone be interested in my soap? Let me know in the comments section below.