Homemade Soap Recipes - How to Make Your Own Natural Soaps

Are you looking for some natural homemade soap recipes?

When shopping for toiletries, many people become disillusioned with the same old soap offerings at most department stores, pharmacies and grocery stores; however, they feel they don't have much choice but to purchase one of these chemical filled bars or gels.

Such is not the case! Here are some great homemade soap recipes that you can try to create the right natural product for your skin.

Basic Soap Including Lye

For basic soap, you can prepare the following recipe. You will need the following ingredients: 6.5 oz of coconut oil, 6.5 oz of palm oil, 7.5 oz of olive oil, 1.3 oz of castor oil, 8 oz of water, 3.1 oz of lye, and 2 oz of fragrance or essential oil.

Instructions for this homemade soap recipe - start in a well-ventilated room and make sure you have heavy rubber chemical proof gloves, apron and safety goggles, since you will be working with lye (a strong, abrasive chemical). Prepare a mold for your soap (this can be a mold you have purchased at a craft store or any good sized container) - you can use freezer bags to line your mold. Avoid metal molds unless they are stainless steel.

Measure all your ingredients except the fragrance / essential oil, lye and the water carefully (you must make sure that the amounts are correct for your soap to turn out properly) and heat to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside, but make sure it maintains the 110 degree temperature. Put on heavy rubber gloves and safety goggles and slowly pour the lye into the water - this will cause a chemical reaction which will heat the water rapidly. Let the lye cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once it has cooled, slowly add it to your oil mixture. Use a stick blender to slowly mix your soap until it starts to "trace" or thicken. At this point, do not mix much longer. Once it has reached trace stage, you can add your fragrances.

Pour the soap into your mold and cover with a lid or piece of cardboard. Wrap the mold in a towel to retain heat and let sit for 24 hours for the soap to harden. Store the soap for 3 to 4 weeks before using. If your soap doesn't turn out quite like you planned, you can melt it and add any missing ingredients.

Almond and Vanilla Soap (Without Lye)

Looking for more homemade soap recipes? If you want to remove oil and dirt but retain moisture in your skin, you can try this great vanilla and almond soap.

For this homemade soap recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 1/4 cup of distilled water, a 4-oz bar of castile soap, 1/3 cup of almonds (whole), 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla fragrance oil, as well as 1 tablespoon of almond oil.

Take the almonds and grind them to a very fine powder and then put it aside. Using a grater, shave your bar of castile soap and set the shavings aside. Boil the water in a heavy saucepan. Once the water has boiled, reduce the level of heat and simmer; thereafter, remove the saucepan from the heat.

Add the almond powder, vanilla fragrance oil and almond oil to the water and blend well. Add to the mold and spoon the soap shavings in and let set up until hardened completely (this will take approximately 5 hours). This particular homemade soap recipe makes one bar of a great smelling, moisturizing soap.

When making a basic soap, you can add items such as flower petals or other items to add color and pattern to your basic recipe. These are just two of the many homemade soap recipes you can try in your spare time.

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