My latest craze…soap! I am learning all kinds of wonderful ways to make soap. Soaps in the crockpot, cold process soaps, soaps made with milk and yogurt, soaps made with beer and spent grains, and of course soaps made with beeswax and honey! It’s surprisingly easy to make, and based on the number of recipes, sites and tutorials out there, everyone is doing it!
For beginners, I recommend the hot process method, for two main reasons:
1. You don’t have to be precise, and
2. It’s ready to use straightaway.
The crockpot cooks the soap, pushing it through the gel process and allowing it to soaponify within an hour’s time, so you can start using it immediately.
Start off with a few basic recipes using inexpensive kitchen oils (like crisco, soy oil, vegetable oil, olive oil, rendered fats like beef tallow – and don’t forget beeswax), some hardware store lye (like Red Devil – I get my from Ace Hardware), and distilled, bottled or rain water. Don’t use water from the tap since it has different chemical make-ups and can cause inconsistent results. You can substitute other liquids for the water, like beer, tea, and milk. These liquids need to be treated differently because they react differently with the lye. But the options are endless.
You can use the hot process method on virtually any cold process soap recipe. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be designing all kinds of different soaps, and family members will become your test subjects. Ha! No more store bought Coast soap for you dear husband!
Soap making resources are everywhere on the internet, so instead of adding yet another tutorial, I will refer you to some of my favorite soaping resources so you can begin your own soap making obsession…
GoodEarthSpa Hot Process Soap Step-by-Step (my favorite tutorial for hot process soap)
More of my favorite tutorials and resources…
GoodEarthSpa Channel on YouTube – Full of detailed tutorials and recipes for all types of soaps, cold, hot, solid, liquid, laundry, and more. Plus, she’s a beekeeper!
SoapQueenTV Channel on YouTube – Tons of wonderful soap making video tutorials and more!
From Nature with Love – My favorite Soapulator (for calculating soap recipes)
The Chemistry Store – favorite supply resource
Amazon – my other favorite supply resource
Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson (99 cent kindle book on Amazon.com – a great starter book and she has other books to help you advance into other areas of soap and lotion making, all 99 cents)
Pinterest – for soap recipes galore!!!