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There are many options when it comes to coloring your homemade soap. Artificial colorants are often more vibrant than natural colorants, but many people like the idea of using all-natural ingredients in their soap.

There are also safety concerns with some artificial colorants, and they can have some unanticipated effects on the final soap product. If you decide to use natural colorants for your soap, there are endless possibilities to choose from, and you can give your soap almost any hue you desire.

Many of the natural materials you can use to color soap can be found in your kitchen, or local supermarket, and many are already used to color food and drug products.

These dyes can easily be extracted from fruits, vegetables, spices and even your morning coffee.

For example, beets will yield a dye that is bright purple, and depending on how much you use, will turn your soap pale pink to a deep red. To make the dye, cut the beets into half-inch slices, and boil three cups of beet slices in two cups of water.

Red onions will produce a red dye that will turn your soap reddish-brown; to make the dye you’ll use only the skin, so the onions can be used for cooking later.

Remove the outermost dry layers of skin, and the first moist layer; boil two cups of skins in three cups of water.

Red cabbage, oddly enough, produces an inky blue dye, which can be used to color soap pastel to deep blue.

Shred one head of cabbage, and boil it in two cups of water until the cabbage itself is a pale blue.

If the dye you get using these methods isn’t concentrated enough for your tastes, simply boil the mixture longer to evaporate more water.

Be sure to strain the liquid through cheesecloth before use, to ensure that any vegetable matter is removed.

Typically, you will add your homemade dye at trace, or when hand-milling a batch of cold-process soap.

You can use spices to dye soap as well, but the dye needs to be oil-based, instead of water-based.

Making an oil-based dye from spices involves three simple steps. First, mix two teaspoons of the spice with two tablespoons of oil. Let the spice soak in the oil for a while.

Next, heat the oil and spice mixture in the microwave for one to two minutes. Finally, strain the mixture through cheesecloth, or a coffee filter, to remove the spice particles, and you’ll be left with an oil-based dye that retained the color of the spice you used. Here is a list of some common food-based, homemade dyes, and the colors they will yield in your soap. (Always test dyes before use, to avoid unwanted results in final soap product.)

oAlfalfa – medium green
oAlkanet – deep purple to muted blue
oBeet root – muted pink to red
oGround calendula petals – yellow
oCarrots – yellow to orange
oGround chamomile – yellow-beige
oChlorophyll – medium green
oCinnamon – tan to brown (can be an irritant)
oCloves – brown
oCochineal powder – deep red
oCocoa powder – brown
oCoffee – brown to black
oComfrey root – light milky brown
oCucumber – bright green
oCurry powder – yellow
oElderberries – light brown (steep in lye solution)
oHenna, ground – olive green, drab green, greenish-brown
oIndigo root – deep blues (can stain)
oJojoba beads – come in many colors, and are exfoliating
oKaolin Clay – white
oKelp/seaweed – green
oMadder root – rosy red to purple
oMilk (goat’s or cow’s) – tan to brown, depending upon sugar & fat content
oMoroccan Red Clay – brick red
oPaprika – light peach to salmon (can be an irritant)
oPoppy Seeds – blue-grey to black specks
oPumice, ground – grey (also exfoliating)
oPumpkin, pureed – deep orange
oRattanjot – lavender to purple
oRose Pink Clay – brick red
oRosehips, ground – tan to deep brown
oSafflower Petals – yellow to deep orange
oSaffron – yellow
oSage – green
oSpinach – light green
oSpirulina – blue-green
oTitanium Dioxide – bright white
oTurmeric – gold to amber

My Soap Making Made Easy Book gives you more information on soap colorants, fragrances and essential oils plus many recipes and ingredients you can use in making your soaps.

Michelle Gaboya has been a Soap Enthusiast for over 10 years, she has created Soap Making Advice giving free information about soap making colorants with guides, ingredients and recipes to use to get started. For More information visit: http://www.soapmakingadvice.com/ and get your FREE Soap Making Mini course Today.

Making your own soap at home isn’t just for your grandmother anymore. For quite a while, this hobby has been increasingly fashionable among young and artistic people. Because the creative freedom that making soap offers is a great outlet, the soap is chemical-free, and it costs less than buying — once you’ve done the initial investments — knowing how to make bar soap has far-reaching benefits.

If you haven’t read anything about this before, you might be apprehensive of such a complicated process. So I’m glad to tell you that making soap at home is much easier than one would expect. The basic process consists of mixing lye (also known as sodium hydroxide), a naturally-occurring chemical, with fatty oils or fats. These can be anything from animal fat to olive oil or coconut oil.

The choices vary widely, and this allows you to make your own recipes which suits your own needs. For example, by adding more of certain types of oils such as coconut oil, you get more lather in the soap, if that’s what you prefer. Shea, cocoa butter and hemp oil are known for their moisturizing properties.

That’s one thing I love about making soap – you can choose and combine your own recipes and experiment with the results. When you’re just starting to learn how to make bar soap, keep in mind though that you should keep the ratios of the components the same.

When beginning, you just need to buy the tools and components you don’t already have, and you can begin practicing. Keep in mind that lye is a dangerous chemical and can damage your skin, so when handling it you should be wearing full sleeves, gloves and plastic goggles. Learning to safely work with lye is the hardest part of learning to make bar soap. If you feel confident doing that, then the rest is quite easy!

This is the kind of information that I started out learning how to make bar soap with in the beginning. However, I didn’t feel confident enough to try to create my first batch for a long time, until I found an instructional video that goes through every detail in the process of making soap. Click here: Easy Soap Making.

- Bradley Edwards

Soap-making is a delicate process, but the ingredients used to make soap are fairly simple: oils, lye, water, fragrances, colorants, and other, optional additives. The fats and oils used in soap can be derived from either animal or vegetable fat. Typically, soaps made from vegetable oils are softer than those made with animal fat. The most useful oils for soap-making are fixed oils – oils that can be raised to a high temperature without evaporating. Fixed oils include a variety of base oils, such as olive, palm and coconut oils.

There are two types of fats used for soap-making: saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats make a hard soap.

They commonly come in a solid form and must be melted prior to use; cocoa and shea butters are good examples of saturated fats. Unsaturated fats, like some vegetable oils, come in a liquid form, and are commonly used to make liquid soap. To use these fats to make bar soap, they must be mixed with saturated fat; the more saturated fat you use, the harder the bar will be.

Historically, lye (also called sodium hydroxide, potash, or caustic soda) was hand-extracted from wood ashes. It is now commonly found in many hardware and grocery stores. It is the ingredient that hydrolyzes the oils or fats, and turns them into soap.

The minerals and other additives in tap water make it less than ideal for soap-making. Therefore, it is best to use distilled, bottled, or spring water. There are two types of scent oils: essential oils and fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are man-made and contain alcohol, so they are typically avoided; the alcohol and other chemicals in the oil may be drying or irritating to the skin, and cause unforeseen problems with the saponification process, or ruin the soap mixture altogether.

Essential oils are more costly, and sometimes more difficult to find; however, a smaller amount is required (usually only a drop or two) and they retain their scent better because they are undiluted. Research oils thoroughly before use; some can be irritating to skin, or even toxic. Also, different amounts are required for different oils, because some will overpower others if the same amount is used for all.

Avoid potpourri, candle scent oils and other strong, commercially-made fragrances, as they often contain harsh chemicals that can be irritating to the skin as well. Whole or crushed herbs can also be used, but they will not give their full benefits in a first batch of soap; if you use herbs, the best thing to do is to rebatch the soap later, to extract the full benefit from the herbs.

Colorants can be purchased at a soap-making supply store.

There are also various other natural ingredients that you can use to color soap, such as powdered clay, cocoa powder, tea, paprika, saffron, or ratanjot. Avoid using fabric dyes, hair dyes, candle colorants, or paints to color your soap; even if they are labeled as “non-toxic,” they are not safe to have in contact with skin for prolonged periods, and they may dye your skin.

Some sources say that crayons can be added to soap for coloration, as long as they are made of stearic acid (most crayons made now are), but there is some debate on this topic; it is probably best to err on the side of caution, and avoid using them.

Depending on the oils used in the recipe, the resultant soap can be prone to spoilage.

Various preservatives can be utilized, such as vitamins E, C, and A, which are also great for your skin. These vitamins can be found in various oils. Sand or pumice can be added to the soap, to make it exfoliating. Also, some metals, such as titanium, silver, nickel, or aluminum can be added for antibacterial properties, and to make the soap bright white.

Michelle Gaboya has been a Soap Enthusiast for over 10 years, she has created Soap Making Advice giving free information about soap making ingredients with guides, ingredients and recipes to use to get started. For More information visit: http://www.soapmakingadvice.com/ and get your FREE Soap Making Mini course Today

The first evidence of soap making dates from the ancient world, around 2800 B. C. Archaeologists found clay cylinders left by the Mesopotamian civilization that had been coated with a soap-like substance inside. Once the archeologists deciphered the inscriptions on the cylinders, they were surprised to find a description of fats being boiled with ashes–the basic method of making soap. Intriguingly, these early cylinders didn’t describe what this soap-like substance was used for, and so archeologists are left to guess.

As in Mesopotamia, so too did archaeologists find Pharaonic artifacts that attest to ways to make soap. A medical text written on papyrus, the Ebers Papyrus dating to 1500, outlines a method to combine animal and vegetable fats with alkaline salts. The resulting soap-like material could be used for bathing, or as a topical treatment for skin diseases. Biblical evidences suggest that a third ancient civilization, the Israelites, knew how to mix ashes and vegetable oils to produce something a great deal like hair gel. By the second century A.D., Alexandria’s famous physician, Galens, recommended that his patients use soap as a topical ointment, as well as to keep clean.

The Mediterranean civilizations–Greece and Rome–preferred to wash without soap, but they learned about soap form the people they colonized. Pompeii’s ruins included a soap factory, complete with a batch of soap. Both Greeks and Romans cleaned their bodies by rubbing them with oil, and then scraping the oil off with metal instruments or pumice stones. Ancient Germans and the Gauls made their own soap out from ashes mixed with animal fat, and they used it to decorate their hair.

Europeans started to use soap to clean their bodies in the Renaissance, and once soap came to be widely used for personal cleanliness, its chemical formula didn’t change much. The soap made by the American colonists (that you can watch made at any open-air museum) is much the same soap that has been made since the Renaissance. The person making soap would collect lye by dripping water through wood ashes, and then mix the resulting lye with animal or vegetable fat to make soap.

For more on homemade organic soap making as well as candle making and other do-it-yourself crafts visit the soap making resources center at Pure and Natural Soaps where you’ll find articles, recipes, instructions, ideas and tips.

To discuss these and other craft projects visit the Soap Making Message Board – a community forum for soap and candle making as well as other crafts and do-it-yourself projects. Discuss techniques, share ideas, learn new methods, post your favorite recipes and meet new friends.

Soapmaking beginners often wonder how to make glycerin soap, but for a beginner, trying to make glycerin soap from scratch can be a tricky business. Many soapers get round this by using a glycerin soap base, which can either be bought from soap making suppliers. Glycerin is produced during the saponification process in soap making, giving the soap its conditioning feeling. Most commercial soaps have had the glycerin removed, which is then used separately for other products.

It is of course possible to make clear (glycerin) soap from scratch, and more experienced soapers enjoy the challenge of learning how to make glycerin soap. The method of making glyerin soap begins with the same techniques as cold process soap making, using a lye and water mixture, with fats and oils. To make glycerin soap, the addition of alcohol and sugar is required. The alcohol needs to have a very high proof, so while some soap crafters use rubbing oil, many prefer the drinking type, namely vodka, as it usually has a higher alcohol concentration.

When reading instructions on how to make glycerin soap, less knowledgeable soapmakers might find it slightly confusing. This is because the glycerin soap does not have to come from the cold process, but can actually be made using soap scraps or shavings. For those who already make their own soap, previous recipe attempts may have gone wrong or the right balance of ingredients hadn’t been achieved, and so these soaps can be melted and used to make glycerin soap. This basically cuts out the first stage of the soap making process, and jumps straight into the more difficult task of mixing the melted substance with the alcohol, glycerin and sugar solution.

Another way of using glycerin soap is the melt and pour method, where a pure glycerin soap base is used to create all kinds of interesting shapes and sizes. Even children can have fun with this method, under supervision, learning how to make glycerin soap products for craft projects or gifts for family or friends. For those who enjoy handcrafting, finding out how to make glycerin soap together with their other soap making skills, can help them produce attractive soap bars, for instance a stained glass or frosted glass effect.

Starting with a glycerin soap base can also be an easy way of creating sweet smelling aromatherapy soap bars. By experimenting with different essential oils and fragrance oils, soapers can learn how to make glycerin soap into a beautiful, natural alternative to store-bought soaps.

Marie Ackland – Soap making was originally a hobby of mine that gave me great pleasure, theres something quite satisfying about creating from scratch a beautifully scented bar of soap.

It then turned into a full time passion, creating wonderful soap for family and friends to enjoy. When a friend surgested I take some along to a local craft fair, which I did and from that day on I never looked back. I now have a great soap business which makes a healthy profit and gives me great satisfaction.

So now 20 years on from my first batch I love to teach the art of soap making. It can be frustrating at first but if you learn the fundamentals and put into practice my methods you WILL have great soap every time.

Learn To Make The Most Amazing Soap Today – Step By Step Guide

Milk is the primary source of nutrient for children. But at the same time milk can be used also as a gentle skin exfoliant. It is important to have healthy skin and using a milk soap recipe to gently exfoliate the skin is the best. Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off skin by using a grainy material to remove the dead surface layer.

Milk contains many nutrients as well as vitamins A and D which are excellent in acquiring supple, smooth and healthy skin. The same nutrients and vitamins are also available in goat milk which is a very popular ingredient in making milk soap. Goat milk promises to give the skin a natural gleam by keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated.

Strawberries and Cream Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 bar castile soap or any unscented white soap (Ivory or White Dove)
1/4 cup purified water (mineral water will do)
1/4 cup powdered milk (full cream milk)
1 tablespoon almond oil
1/8 teaspoon strawberry fragrance oil
1 drop red food coloring

Procedure:

1. Grate the castile soap using a cheese grater. Set aside.
2. In a heavy pot, bring the purified water to a boil over low heat.
3. Before the water starts to boil, stir in the grated castile soap until the mixture thickens.
4. When the mixture forms a gum like mass, remove the pot from the heat.
5. Add the 1/4 cup powdered milk, 1 tbsp almond oil, the 1/8 tsp strawberry fragrance and the red food coloring.
6. Stir the mixture until it is well blended.
7. Pour the mixture into a mold.
8. Set aside for 3 to 4 hours or until the soap is hard enough.

Coffee and Cream Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 bar of glycerin soap
1 tsp finely ground espresso
1 tsp powdered milk
1/8 tsp coffee fragrance oil

Procedure:

1. Place the glycerin soap in a saucepan. Melt the soap over low heat until it is liquefied.
2. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Mix in the espresso, powdered milk and the fragrance oil.
3. Pour the mixture into a mold.
4. Set aside for 3 to 4 hours and until the soap hardens.

The two recipes above are easy and simple to make because their ingredients are readily available and making these milk soaps are not labor intensive. You can also make your own recipe by changing the fragrance oil and/or food color and, at the same time, retaining the basic ingredients to make your own soap.

Do want to look fresher and younger everyday? You can make your own milk soap recipe that will keep your skin soft and supple. Get the best milk soap recipes by clicking on these links.

Many home plant pest problems can be easily solved by using a little insecticidal soap. It is easy and inexpensive to mix up your own organic insect killer at home. You will be saving money on pesticides and won’t have to worry about dangerous chemicals on your food.

This recipe works best on soft-bodied pests like aphids, thrips, white flies and spider mites. These are among the most common garden pests. Insecticidal soaps kill insects by entering the pest’s respiratory system and breaking down internal cell membranes. It is only effective when it is wet, so aim well. After it is dry it will not harm your beneficial insects. For heavy insect infestations, it is best to spray your plants again in a few days.

Here’s a really simple recipe for insecticidal soap.

1 tablespoon of soap

2 cups water 

Mix thoroughly and add to spray bottle. Spray directly onto the insects on your plants. 

Be sure to check the label on your soap first. The key to this recipe is to use regular dish soap, not detergent or anything anti-bacterial. You can also use pure liquid castile soap. 

You can super-charge your organic insecticidal soap to make it stick to hard-bodied pests like fleas. It also damages the protective waxy coating on insects. Add either one tablespoon of mineral oil or a vegetable oil to your mixture. Sunflower or olive oil will work well, any vegetable-based oil will break down faster in your soil. Oil will help the mixture stay on these pests so the soap has a chance to begin working. But it will also stick to your ladybug beetles so be careful where you are aiming. 

Some plants (especially ferns) are sensitive to soaps. Do not use a soap mixture on ferns. New growth on plants may be too tender for soap, so apply sparingly art first. Plants under stress may have a bad reaction to any insecticide. Plants that are under stress from drought should be soaked with water the day before you treat them. You should always test your mixture first on just one leaf on your plant. If it is fine the next day, your solution should be OK to use. It is better not to spray your plants in the middle of the day. Full sun (especially on hairy plants) can turn the water droplets into little magnifying glasses which can burn the leaves.  

Many garden pests like to hide underneath the leaves of plants. For best results aim upwards and get under that foliage. Aim directly at those bugs. You may need to spray your organic pesticide again in a few days if you have a heavy infestation of pests.

Making your own insecticidal soap is a great way to save money on your landscaping budget and keep your vegetable garden organic at the same time. 

Laura Zinkan is a writer in California. She cultivates a gardening site at http://www.theGardenPages.com with plant profiles, growing tips about succulents and native plants. She also cooks up http://www.MomsRetro.com where you can find retro art and kitchen tips for busy cooks. 2009 by Laura Zinkan. Article may be reprinted if author credit is given with a website link. All rights reserved.

You can learn how to make natural soap with minimal instruction. Adding lye to water and mixing it in oils is not that hard. After all, that is essentially all that soap really is, it’s a mixture of lye and oils. The process gets complicated by many attempts to explain it in confusing detail with often conflicting ideas. Here are a few tips to remember to get off to a good start with soap making.

It does not take lots of odd components to make fine soap. Look for recipes to get started that contain just a few simple ingredients. It’s difficult to best a mix that just includes coconut, palm and olive oils, along with the right proportions of lye and water too. What’s more, wholesale soap supply outlets make it simple to get your hands on these. With just those simple parts, you can build soap that looks and feels like the most luxurious of soaps and all for not a lot of money or trouble either for that matter.

No exotic ingredients are required to make fabulous soap products. If the basics don’t work then something is badly wrong and more work needs to be done on the process of making soap or the recipe is flawed.

One key factor in soap recipes is the percentage of lye. It’s included in the term lye discount. Basically that means using less lye than would be required to turn all your oils to soap. And you really probably don’t want to turn all the oils to soap. You likely want a tiny bit of oil still unreacted to impart that luxury feel. Getting the lye amount right is simple to do once you know how but it must be just right and not too high or too low either. Then there is the smell factor.

Many soap recipes when made into soap will be unscented even though you put exactly what was called for in the recipe you have. You put in the amount specified in the recipe and still get little or no smell. A shame, since that means you wasted the cost of the scent and still got nothing to show for it.

For essential oils in cold process soap, you’ll need about 0.7 ounces of essential oil per pound of soap. That will be less for mint and spice oils and more for citrus oils. And most citrus oils won’t work very well anyway. You can try citrus oil scents but only a few will endure the soap making process.

Use too much scent oil and it will remain free in the soap. Too little won’t smell at all.

It is quite simple to learn how to make natural soap from soap making books and trial and error. Really the basics are quite simple. Moving beyond the basics to build soap to market through a soap business or to experience spa quality soap means more study and experience.

Getting the volume of sales depends on how well you market which we cover in our material about starting a soap business.

Get the scoop about it soap making business.

The first steps to amazing fresh soap that smells wonderful

For the first step of the process you are going to need to get some soap making lye to start with. This should be measured exactly to prevent any problems with your soap. Always pour lye into water, and make sure it is distilled water in a heat resistant container for the utmost safety. Be sure to have good air circulation around you to vent fumes that may build up in your work area. When mixing your lye, be sure that all of it gets dissolved so you don’t have problems. You need to heat your lye mix up to recommended temperatures for your particular soap making needs. It is going to get very hot, so make sure you have some heat resistant and chemical gloves on.

Mixing your lye and oils for unique soaps that will make people’s mouths drop

Then you are going to cool your lye in some very cold water. A hundred degrees is usually when it is proper for most recipes. This takes some time, and while this is going on, you can prepare your other ingredients. Make sure to have a good thermometer to test the temperatures of all your ingredients all the time. These are the ingredients that are going to give your skin an brilliant beauty. Store bought industrial soap will never have any prayers of doing anything moisturizing for your skin.

Some of the most moisturizing ingredients are organic olive oil, shea butter, and other fine oils and butters. Scenting soaps is something that is very important to a lot of people. This can be accomplished with various essential oils and dried products, such as oatmeal. You will then take all your ingredients and get them ready to mix with the lye. If you heat your base oils, you should get them to around one hundreds degrees as well. You want to mix the lye water with the fragrant base oils and products. The lye goes into the oil base. If you have very strong essential oils, or whole food products like oatmeal or some dried flowers, you want to mix these in after the lye and whole oils are already mixed. This makes for a better end product.

Final step to get your masterpiece in square cut forms-So you can see all those nourishing ingredients you put in

The next step is of course getting ready to pour your mix into a mold. These can be homemade out of wood, or a store bought product. Lining the molds with some type of wax paper is a must to ensure that all the soap can be easily removed from the mold. You let the soap set for one whole day, and then you will remove the wax paper or other paper out of the mold. People usually make a large batch at once, so they have plenty for themselves and maybe some to share with family and friends, or even sell for profit. Large square blocks are the best to make, because you want to be able to cut it with a large knife easily and have lots of soap.

Selling high quality soap is easy and very profitable-Make a couple thousand a month

There has never been a better time to sell your soap than now. The green movement has people questioning all personal care products. And soap is the most sacred of all products that goes on the body. People are throwing their old soap out in droves. The organic soap that most wealthy people buy is very expensive. We are talking about products that cost up to ten dollars for one bar or thirty for three at the high end stores. If you have a lot of friends, or know how to network with people on the Internet, you could make a lot of spending money with your homemade, custom blends. People referring others to the fact that you make soap will keep you in spending money. When you make your soap in bulk, it makes it makes it perfect to sell your products at a profit.

Watch these soap making videos to get making cold process soap fast. Trying to learn everything by reading is very difficult. Videos are the fastest way to learn and not waste your time.

One of the easiest and most common ways to make herbal soap is to use the Melt and Pour Method. To make an herbal soap this way, soak the herbs you wish to use in boiling water for 15 minutes. While the herbs are boiling, take plain, unscented soap, which you can easily buy from a grocery store or arts and crafts store, and place it in a pot on the stove. Turn the heat to low and slowly melt the soap.

After the soap is melted, drain the herbs that were soaking in the boiling water into a colander and then dump them into the melted soap. Stir well, remove the mixture from the heat, place it in a mold, and allow it to cool. If you allow the soap to cool in the pot before placing it in the mold, the soap may harden in the pot. You will then have to re-melt the soap and quickly place it in its mold if this happens. Once the soap is cool, it is ready to use!

The Melt and Pour Method is recommended for first time soap makers because of its simplicity. It has the advantage that it is easy and can be finished in only 1-2 hours and that the bars of soap can be used immediately. However, since you are using a commercial soap for your base, you will still end up with some artificial chemicals in your soap, which can cause drying and irritation. Many of the moisturizing skin care benefits may be lost also, depending on which commercial base is used.

However, all the benefits that the herbs provide will still be available to you. After you have made a few batches of soap using this method, you may want to move on to the more advanced methods of soap making, such as the Cold Process.

Charles is a herbal soap enthusiast and is interested in the health benefits they provide. To read more about herbal soaps, please visit:

http://eherbalsoap.com

http://eherbalsoap.com/herbal-soap/herbal-soap-better-than-commercial

Making soap at home has been popular hobby and or business for many years. In the last few years with the economy being in the shape that it is. It is less expensive option. There are also many reasons that have nothing to do with economics. Many people have sensitive skin that is aggravated by the harsh chemicals in ordinary commercial soap. One such chemical is sodium silicate which can cause burns and eye irritation, and possibly toxic when ingested. There are more chemicals such as

1) Sodium Lauyl Sulfate or SLS for short. Cant be digested and will negatively affect the liver.

2) Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Both of these ingredients are related to sulfuric acid and are used to make many soaps, detergents, shampoos and even tooth pastes it is used to make soaps foam up. Although SLES is somewhat less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, it cannot be digested by the body and liver can affect the liver and its functions. That’s why making soap at home is more desirable than ever. You control what touches your skin.

It must be stated that ingredients in soap or any other product list is generally listed in the order of greatest quantity to the least common ingredients. Ivory soap has about the best ingredients for commercial soap but still is only about 56% pure. that’s pretty good for one of the BIG guys. The only way to get 100% pure soap is to make it yourself or to by natural soap. The only harmful ingredient in the grand scheme of Ivory soap is sodi among the ivory soap ingredients list is sodium silicate which can cause burns and eye irritation, and possibly toxic when ingested. However, the amount used in ivory soap ingredients is in minute amount to be a cause for concern. There’s just one ingredient missing in my opinion which is glycerin. This ingredient is all natural and is a ingredient that has natural moisturizing characteristics.

The only thing left to do is to give it your signature. you can add your favorite fragrance and color to match any room in the house. With a few touches you can be on your way making gift baskets or selling then online. People are going back to all natural soap. They might as well buy it from you.

That’ is why making soap at home is the best of both worlds. It gives you control over what goes on your body and you know for sure if that it is 100% natural. Naturally made soap, is the best for your skin with out a doubt. Visit my blog if you want to make your skin softer and more young looking.

Making soap at home can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Once you’ve learned the basics, there are lots of experiments you can do with scents and other things. But it’s important, first, to understand the basic steps of how to make soap at home. After all, soap making has become a lost home craft because there can be difficulties and dangers involved. But when you’ve created something useful from scratch, the work can be well worth the effort.

The main ingredients you’ll need for homemade soap are water, lye, and some kind of oil-even lard can be used, like your great-grandmother probably did. Lye is a caustic material so you’ll want to handle it carefully. Don’t get it on your skin and make sure you wear eye goggles and work in a well-ventilated area. You might even want to use a respirator. You’ll also need a couple of containers in which to heat the ingredients-glass or plastic for the lye and a metal pot for the oil. Plus you’ll need a mold into which you’ll pour your soap for cooling and shaping.

A wax paper-lined cake pan will do the job, but you’ll have to cut the soap after it hardens. That means you’ll need a large, very sharp knife, or you might be more comfortable rigging a soap slicer out of fishing line. If you’d rather not mess with cutting then smaller, soap bar-size molds work better, like muffin tins or a similar-sized container. Inexpensive cooking thermometers are needed so that you’ll know exactly how hot your lye and oils get. Finally, you’ll need measuring cups and stirring implements, preferably wooden ones. Whatever materials you use when you are learning how to make soap at home, make sure it’s dedicated to soap making. Don’t plan on using any of it for cooking food.

There are plenty of soap recipes available, but basically you’ll heat the lye with the water-a chemical reaction causes the mixture to heat as the lye dissolves. Once that is done, let it cool to 110 degrees. At the same time, heat your chosen oil-coconut, olive, lard, or other-to the same temperature. When they are both 110 degrees, slowly pour the lye mixture into the container with the oils. Mix everything carefully with your stirring implement, using gentle but constant strokes. You can use a stick blender if you like, but many people prefer wood.

When the soap begins to thicken, start paying really close attention to avoid losing control. Lift your stirring implement and allow a little bit of the mixture to drizzle back into the rest. If the soap maintains its shape before sinking, then it’s ready. If you wait too long, you might not be able to get all of the soap mixture out of the container. That’s an important less in how to make soap at home-if not done properly you’ll ruin your container for future attempts.

Carefully pour the thickened soap into the mold. Then wrap it with a towel and put it aside for 24 hours. This gives the ingredients time to meld properly and for the soap to “set”. Once that is done, the soap can be turned out of the mold and cut into the desired size. Then you should store it on brown paper in a cool area of the house. Turn each bar after it has set for two weeks then allow it to set for another two or three weeks. Basically it is ready to use after one month.

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If you are looking for a natural fennel and eucalyptus body soap here are some ideas which you will find very useful. These two ingredients make some of the best homemade soaps which can be used in different skin types. These two ingredients are known to have healing properties which helps to tighten the surface of the skin, reducing the effects of aging. If you are able to prepare eucalyptus soap, you will get a smooth calming scent which is truly excellent for use in night time bathing purpose.

To prepare this eucalyptus soap, you will need some basic ingredients such as glycerin soap bar, a sharp knife, measuring knife, a big saucepan, fennel oil, eucalyptus essential oil, essential oil, vegetable oil, glass stirrer and a soap mold. If you wish to add the fragrance of some other oils, you can include these too also in the soap which shall give you enough fragrance to be used for bathing or other hygienic purpose.

This eucalyptus soap will require you to use a sharp knife to cut the glycerin bar into small pounds and then place these chunks in a measuring cup which is made of heat proof material. It is important to use a sharp knife or else you will not be able to cut even surfaces. Now, you can fill a saucepan with warm water but remember to fill this saucepan only half way. If you are not sure about the quantity which you should use for the preparation of this soap, you can take help of any good measuring cup. Measuring cup ensures that you have a balanced mixture essential for making the eucalyptus soap.

Now, you can take a large saucepan and then fill it halfway with lukewarm water. You can place the measuring cup in a very large saucepan and then let it get heat for at least 10 minutes. Just after ten minutes, you can slowly remove the saucepan from heat and pour in eucalyptus essential and fennel oil. Just stir the mixture slowly so that you are able to get an even mixture out of it, which shall help in the preparation of the soap. Once the mixture boils well, you can easily place it in a soap mold. Let this mold set for at least 3 hours which is enough for the soap to get set in the mold. If you are fond of any specific mold shape you can get it done. Let this soap rest on the mold for at least 3 hours which is enough to harden its surface and give it a desired shape. Once the soap hardens in the mold you can slowly push the soap out of the mold and use it as you wish. This useful eucalyptus soap can be stored at room temperature or in a cool dry place. This soap can be used for a large number of beauty purposes so that you are able to get a beautiful skin with a glowing look.

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