How to Make Soap (In Pictures!)

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Recently I decided I’d share my soapmaking process with you. I’ve had a written tutorial up for some time, but there have never been any photos to go with it. So Sunday I made several batches of a Red Currant scented shea butter soap and had my mom take photos!
Now you can get a up close and personal view of what it’s like to make soap! I’ve posted the entire album on the facebook fan page for Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can view the album here. I hope you enjoy seeing the process of making the actual soap. Of course after making the soap, there’s the umolding, the cutting, the curing, the wrapping, and finally the labeling. But that’s a whole other album!

Peppermint Patty Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

10 ounces Palm Oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Olive Oil
(Hold back one ounce olive oil to mix with the cocoa powder)
2 ounces lye
1 cup distilled water
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 ounce peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

1. Pour lye into the water (never pour water into lye) – Set aside to cool
2. Melt oils together -set aside to cool
3. When oils are approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit and lye water is approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit, gently pour lye into oils (never pour oils into lye)
4. Mix until soap traces
5. Add cocoa mixture and essential oil
6. Pour into prepared moulds and cover with plastic wrap
7. Allow to stand covered and out of drafts for 48 hours
8. Remove from moulds and cut as desired
9. Allow to age in open air for 2-3 weeks before using

For more detailed instructions on making soap, check out this cold process soapmaking tutorial.

Lavender and Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

4 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
1.5 oz. palm oil
1.25 oz. lye
2.5 oz. lavender infused water
1 oz. half-n-half
1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil

Instructions:

Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has dissolved. Continue using your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.

Goat Buttermilk & Honey Soap

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By Susanne
A lot of people use goat milk in their soap or butter milk and I happened to walk into some goat buttermilk at the supermarket… That I had to try!
For this soap I used
575 g (57,5%) beef tallow
250 g (25%) sunflower seed oil
125 g (12,5%) coconut oil
50 (5%) castor oil

335 g goat buttermilk
137 g lye at 5% discount

Add the lye to the slushy-frozen (goat) butter milk. To keep the color of the soap as light as possible keep the lye container in an ice-bath as well. Prepare recipe as usual (I do DBHP). After cook add warmed honey at 2.5 % of the amount of oils. For the amounts given above this would be 25 g. Some shredded calendula petals make nice speckels in the soap.

The combination of the buttermilk and the honey made the soap a very warm golden yellow. I didn’t use any coloring or scent, the honey makes it quite sweet smelling though. Lather is really great and leaves my skin very soft.

This recipe makes 10 bars of 110 g / 4 oz each.

Visit Susanne’s Crafty Corner at http://home.wanadoo.nl/pandora_kick

Shop for products for this project online at Mountain Rose Herbs.

New to soapmaking? Be sure to read my tutorial for how to make soap: DIY Soapmaking – How to Make Cold Process Soap.

Buttery Vanilla Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:
4oz goats milk melt and pour base
1 Tbsp powdered whole milk
1/2 tsp of hydrolyzed silk amino acid
8 drops of Buttercream Fragrance Oil
8 drops of vanilla Fragrance Oil
Instructions:
Gently melt the soap base over a double boiler until liquid and then allow it to cool slightly. Stir in the powdered milk and silk amino acid. Lastly, add fragrance oils and pour into a soap mold of your choice. This is an excellent face and body bar.