People have been making soap for centuries, and for much of human history, the only soap you could get was organic soap made at home. Today there is a large commercial market for soaps but there are many negative effects of these chemical-ridden soaps. An alternative is organic homemade soaps. When it comes to making organic soaps at home, there are two main processes you can choose from and a great variety of ingredients you can use!
Hot and Cold Process
These basic process for soap making work by combining water or a water base, lye, and natural oils to create a chemical reaction that results in organic soap. The main difference in hot and cold process is how long it takes. Cold process involves mixing your water, oils, and lye together and then putting the mix into the molds you want your soaps to be shaped in. The soap mix sits in the mold for 3-4 weeks before it’s hardened and ready to be used. Hot process is good for people who do not or can not wait that long for their soap. This method starts the same by mixing your ingredients together, but instead of pouring into molds you cook the mix for 30-60 minutes in a crock pot. When it reaches a thick pudding like consistency it is then packed into the molds and allowed to harden. Hot process soap can be ready to use in as little as 3-4 days instead of weeks.
Oils to Use
One of the benefits to making organic soap at home is the freedom to choose what goes into your soap. You can select from a wide range of oils that offer certain benefits that you can enjoy- moisturizing cleansing, bubbly, and many other amazing qualities. Common oils used in soap making include coconut, hemp, canola, almond, safflower, castor, palm, coffee, peanut, soybean, corn, sunflower, olive, and grape seed, among many others. Custom bars can be made by adding colors, fragrances, and dried herbs to the mix before you pour it into the molds.
Trial and Error
Playing with the oil mixes to develop bar that is just right for you is part of the joy that comes from making organic soap at home. Certain oils will bring certain effects to your soap when it is finished curing. Castor oil and lard makes a very lathery and bubbly soap with a lot of suds. Olive oil makes a softer bar where tallow makes a hard bar. Some oils and ingredients change the color of the bar- goats milk soap is usually a caramel brown color when it is ready to use. Certain oil and ingredient combinations can yield different bars- hard and bubbly, cleaning and sudsy, soft and mild, coconut oil is great for moisturizing, anything you want can be achieved if you are willing to play around with the recipe and are willing to make some mistakes and learn from them!
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