Making Homemade Soap With the Help of an App

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While big manufacturers have made commercial bath soaps cheap and long lasting, they don’t really tell consumers what goes into a bar of soap.  The truth is that commercial soaps contain parabens, a substance that is linked to all sorts of cancer.  It is also mixed with colorants, artificial scents and lauryl sulphate which are all skin irritants.  The only down side to a homemade soap is that they don’t last as long as the store-bought ones.  That’s because they do not have a stabilizing agent that’s also considered not so favourable for the skin.  Here’s a simple recipe for a homemade soap.

In soap making, the raw components don’t mix at normal temperatures so the lye solution has to be heated before being added to the vegetable oils.  Different oils require different amounts of lye which soap makers of long ago found out through experimentation.   Thankfully, the modern times provide apps and web programs that can help determine the exact amount of lye for every type of oil or oil mix.  Online programs such as SoapCalc and Summer Bee Meadow, and smartphone apps like Soap Making Revealed are just a few helpful tools to concocting your own natural body cleansers.  Here is a list of the equipment and the ingredients to the traditional homemade soap. Remember that it’s highly advisable to wear goggles, a surgeon’s mask and gloves for the whole process.

What you need:

–          a hand mixer or any baking whisk

–          a baking pan lined with baking paper

–          270 grams of lye dissolved in 700 milliliters of distilled water

–          4 ½ cups of cheap olive oil

–          2 cups coconut oil

–          2 cups of grapeseed oil

–          2 tablespoons of your favorite essential oil for adding scent

Step 1:  In two separate pots, heat the lye mix and the oils at the same time and bring the temperatures to 110°F.

Step 2:  Carefully pour the lye mix into the oil pot.  Use a hand blender or a whisk to mix it, occasionally scraping the bottom with a spatula.  Using a hand blender will speed up the process to 3 – 5 minutes while mixing with a whisk will take hours.

Step 3: When the mixture is just warm to the touch, roughly mix in a tablespoon or two of your essential oil of choice.  Then, pour the contents into your baking pan.

Step 4:  When the mix cools, you can cut them into squares and they’re ready to use for your next shower.

Article publié pour la première fois le 26/07/2013

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