Preparing your own organic soap has the advantage of knowing exactly what the soap contains and what you will clean your skin with. You can remove harsh chemicals and unwanted fragrances. These additives dry out your skin and wreak havoc on sensitive skin. You can make organic soap with ingredients that are environmentally friendly and skin friendly, but still pleasant to use. Most of the tools you will need are already in your home, and you can easily find the ingredients at DIY stores, drugstores, and health food stores.
Step 1. Take a small box
Line the bottom of the box with freezer paper or parchment paper. This will facilitate demoulding once the soap is ready to use.
Step 2. Wear protective gear
Soda can irritate and burn your skin if it comes in contact with it. Wear goggles, gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, and pants to protect yourself from splashes while you mix the ingredients. The soda is neutralized by the oils in the recipe, making the soap harmless in use.
Step 3. Dose your ingredients with a kitchen scale
The scale allows a more precise dosage of ingredients unlike cups. You will need 175ml of distilled water, 65ml of soda, 300ml of olive oil, 175ml of coconut oil, and 1 tbsp (15ml) of castor oil. Pour the soda in a bowl, the water in a graduated glass and the oils in the other graduated glass.
Step 4. Gradually pour the soda into the water
Take it easy to avoid splashing. The reaction of the 2 elements will create heat and vapors. Once mixed, let it cool in a corner. The temperature of the soda automatically rises to over 93 ° C and takes about 20 minutes to drop to 46 ° C.
Step 5. Melt the oils
If necessary, melt the oils to return them to their liquid form.
Step 6. Heat the oils
Make sure they aren't too hot or you'll have to wait for them to cool down to continue.
Step 7. Take the temperature of the oils and the water-soda mixture
The temperature difference between the 2 should be 6 ° C (somewhere between 32 and 38 ° C). Heat the oils if necessary to achieve this temperature.
Step 8. Pour the water-soda mixture into the oils
Go slowly, stirring constantly.
Step 9. Whisk or blend the mixture
You should get the consistency of a pudding. If you think this is the case, take the temperature of the mixture. It must have risen a few degrees. It can take a few minutes with a blender and over an hour with a whisk.
Step 10. Pour the mixture into your box
Cover everything and let stand for 2 days.
Step 11. Touch the soap after putting on your gloves
It should be solid. Take the soap out of the box and cut it into bars. If it has separated or is crumbly, throw it away and do not use it.
Step 12. Lay the bars flat to harden them
Turn them every 3 or 4 weeks until they have dried.
Step 13. Store your soap in a ventilated container
Step 14. Clean your countertop and utensils
To prevent any risk of burns, wear your gloves and glasses until all the soda has been cleaned from your countertop and utensils.
Step 15. Oh
You smell great today!
- If you are willing to wait 24 hours to clean the utensils used to mix the ingredients, cleaning will be safer and easier. The residue from the mixture will turn into soap on the utensils used.
- Avoid using aluminum, tin, or wrought iron with the soda. It could react with the holder and ruin the soap as well as the utensil. More specifically, soda eats away at aluminum.
- Keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar handy. In the event of accidental contact with soda, the vinegar neutralizes its irritant effect. Spray the affected area right away. Water will be of no use to you in the event of a soda burn.
- Add essential oils to your soap if you are going to use it for holistic treatments or aromatherapy. Use ground almonds for exfoliation.