How to Make Hand Milled Soap (With A Charcoal & Anise Soap Recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron)

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Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Keep reading to learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. 

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

New Natural Soap Making Book

Is soap making a new hobby you’ve been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making.

As we discover in Amanda Gail’s new book, there are many different ways to make soap. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques. These natural soap making methods include:

  • Hand Milled Soap Making
  • Melt and Pour Soap Making
  • Liquid Soap Making
  • Hot Process Soap Making
  • Cold Process Soap Making

In addition to comprehensive, easy to follow soap making tutorials, Amanda’s book also contains numerous natural soap recipes. Each of these recipes enable you to explore all of the soap making methods mentioned, then further build on that knowledge. In addition, you’ll also gain insight on essential soap making equipment and ingredients you need to get started. The book also contains insider soap design tricks and soap making techniques that will further guarantee your success.

Regardless of your preferred soap making method, you’ll find that soap making quickly becomes an addictive hobby. Therefore it won’t be long until you’re not only supplying natural soaps for your family, but for friends and coworkers too! You’ll also begin to build the foundation for achieving not just your soap making goals, but for starting a business to sell your natural soaps.

What Is Hand Milled Soap?

Two of the easiest ways for beginners to get started in soap making are through melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. While most of you are likely familiar with making melt and pour soap using a glycerin soap base, you may be less familiar with how to make hand milled soap.

If you’re looking for an easy (and affordable) way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then I highly recommend you learn how to make hand milled soap. You’ll find, that if you’re already a fan of handmade soaps, making hand milled soap is a great way to use up leftover soap slivers. It also allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

Hand milled soaps are created by rebatching unscented (or leftover) soaps on the stovetop or in an oven. This is done to add scent and color, conditioning skin care ingredients or to salvage a botched cold process soap batch. Typically one makes hand milled soap by grating an existing soap bar, then mixing it will milk or water. Once the soap melts, other ingredients can be added to customize the fragrance, color or other properties of the soap.

Hand milling soap is an easy way to learn how to make custom natural soaps. The process is easier than making soap completely from scratch in which you combine lye and soap making fats. It’s also a safer process for anyone who has pets or small children in the home.

Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. If you're looking for an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then learn how to make hand milled soap. Making hand milled soap allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

How to Make Hand Milled Soap

I hope that you’re as excited as I was the first time I learned how to make hand milled soap. Amanda was gracious enough to share her charcoal & anise hand milled soap recipe from her new book, which you can find below.

Anise & Charcoal Natural Soap Recipe

This stark black hand milled soap is naturally scented with anise, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Formulated with an easy to use hand milled soap base, this homemade soap recipe also contains activated charcoal. The addition of charcoal makes this hand milled soap perfect for acne prone skin, as charcoal works to draw out impurities, oils and toxins from skin.

Following is Amanda’s recipe for charcoal & anise soap (from her book) along with her instructions on how to make hand milled soap. This recipe yields four hand milled soap bars, each weighing approximately 113 grams. It can be made from start to completion in about an hour. You can use pre-bought soap shreds for this recipe. Alternately, you can also grate your own soap from bars of unscented cold or hot process soap.

Equipment Needed:

Digital scale
Glass container
1 (16-ounce) heatproof glass measuring cup
Silicone spatulas
Measuring spoons
Oval silicone mold (with at least 4 cavities)

Ingredients:

450 grams unscented and uncolored soap shreds
1/2 tablespoon charcoal powder
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
4 grams lavender essential oil
4 grams anise essential oil
2 grams peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Start by prepping the essential oils for this soap. Do this by weighing out each of the three essential oils called for in the recipe. Then blend together in glass container and set aside.

Now wet the soap shreds.

Heat the moistened soap shreds until they become translucent and resemble mashed potatoes.

Once melted, remove the soap from heat.

Working quickly add the prepared essential oil fragrance blend. Then mix in the essential oils and the charcoal powder until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Now divide the rose petals among each mold cavity.

Quickly spoon the the soap into each mold cavity, covering the rose petals. Then use a spatula to smooth the soap down.

Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold.

Allow the finished hand milled soap bars to cure for two weeks prior to use.

To use, massage onto wet facial skin. Allow the soap to sit on your face, as you would a mask, for about one minute. Then rinse off and pat dry.

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

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You can purchase The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making to try all of Amanda’s recipes here!

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New Soapmaking Book + A Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe

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I’m super excited to be able to share not only a new soapmaking book with you but a new soap recipe as well! This triple butter silk & agave soap recipe is from Jan Berry’s new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking! As the author behind both The Nerdy Farm Wife blog and her previous book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry brings her expertise as an herbalist to you in a new soapmaking book that offers a modern twist on creating truly natural, eco-friendly soaps.

Herbalist Jan Berry's new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a comprehensive guide to creating truly natural, eco-friendly homemade soaps with foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking.

A Must Have New Soapmaking Book

Simple & Natural Soapmaking is a comprehensive guide to creating your own natural homemade soaps using foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking. There are fifty unique soap recipes in total, all of which are inspired by her very own herb and vegetable gardens as well as the farm, forest and sea.

This beautiful soapmaking book covers both traditional cold process soapmaking as well the more modern hot process soapmaking method. In addition to these recipes, Jan’s new soapmaking book also features guides on the properties of various essential oils, oil and milk infusions with healing herbs and easy decoration techniques.

Herbalist Jan Berry's new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a comprehensive guide to creating truly natural, eco-friendly homemade soaps with foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking.

While suitable for beginners, Jan’s new soapmaking book is also a great resource for seasoned soapmakers as well. The beautiful photos, appealing soap recipes and in-depth tutorials make this new soapmaking book a treasure for any soaping library.

Right now, if you pre-order Simple & Natural Soapmaking, you’ll receive complimentary access to Jan’s 6 Weeks of Soapmaking Success eCourse! (Normally $47, yours free!) This soapmaking course dives deeper into six areas of soapmaking that are often challenging or intimidating to soapmakers. Each lesson will equip you with the information you need to experience further success in your soapmaking endeavors as well as provide inspiring soapmaking videos to demonstrate that lesson’s theme.

Herbalist Jan Berry's new soapmaking book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, is a comprehensive guide to creating truly natural, eco-friendly homemade soaps with foraged botanicals, essential oils and other common ingredients. Beginning soapmakers will discover detailed soapmaking tutorials, soapmaking recipes and step-by-step photos to help guide them through the process of modern soapmaking.

You can pre-order Simple & Natural Soapmaking here. Once you’ve ordered your new soapmaking book, you can obtain access to the soapmaking success ecourse here. Lesson 1, Success with Fruits & Veggies, and Lesson 2, Success with Flowers & Herbs, are available now with a new course releasing each subsequent week on the following schedule:

• July 20: Success with Alternative Liquids
• July 27: Success with Natural Colorants
• Aug 3: Success with Simple Soap Designs
• Aug 10: Success with Soap Label Design

Ready to give Jan’s triple butter silk & agave soap recipe a try? You’ll find her creamy conditioning homemade soap recipe below.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe

By Jan Berry

Yield: 7 to 8 Bars of Soap (2.5 LBS/1.13 KG)

This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury. The natural sugars from agave syrup provides a small boost to lather, but if it̕s not available, honey can be used in its place.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Ingredients:

8.75 oz (248 g) distilled water
3.85 oz (109 g) sodium hydroxide (lye)
Small pinch of Tussah silk

7 oz (198 g) coconut oil (25%)
3 oz (85 g) cocoa butter (10.7%)
3 oz (85 g) mango butter (10.7%)
3 oz (85 g) shea butter (10.7%)
12 oz (340 g) olive oil (42.9%)

1 tsp (5 ml) agave syrup mixed with 1 tsp (5 ml) water
1.23 oz (35 g) lavender essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

Wearing protective gloves and eyewear, carefully stir the lye into the distilled water. Add a small pinch of silk, then stir thoroughly. Set the lye solution aside in a safe place to cool.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Melt the coconut oil and solid butters, then add to the olive oil. Add the lye solution to the warm oils. Using a combination of hand stirring and an immersion blender, stir the soap until it reaches a light trace.

Stir in the essential oil, if using, and diluted agave syrup. Pour the soap batter into a prepared mold or individual molds. Cover lightly with a sheet of wax or freezer paper, then a towel or light blanket. Peek at the soap every so often; if it starts developing a crack, uncover and move it to a cooler location.

Triple Butter Silk & Agave Soap Recipe! This sumptuous soap recipe is brimming with ingredients that your skin will adore. A trio of creamy conditioning butters ensures that your skin is well nourished, while silk adds an unparalleled touch of luxury.

Keep the soap in the mold for 1 to 2 days, or until it̕s easy to remove, then slice it into bars when it̕s firm enough not to stick to your cutting tool. Cure on coated cooling racks or sheets of wax paper about 4 weeks before using.

If you’d like more detailed information on making cold process soap from scratch, you can find my tutorial for cold process soapmaking here. You may also be interested in my own cold process green tea & agave soap recipe available here.

To discover more soapmaking resources as well as additional homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. You can also find more great bath, body and beauty recipes as well as a collection of food recipes and DIY projects on my Pinterest boards here.

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Soapmaking Books and Tutorials

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Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Research, research, research is the best first step to getting started in soapmaking. But that research doesn’t have to expensive. In addition to online soapmaking tutorials, a collection of good soapmaking books can go a long way to providing more in depth information on the chemistry of soapmaking that will assist you moving forward to both more complex recipes as well as getting started creating your own custom homemade soap recipes.

Soapmaking Books

One of many helpful soapmaking books to get you started in modern soapmaking that won’t break your budget is Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson. The kindle version of this soapmaking book is just $2.99! Not only does it contain a plethora of useful information on making cold process soap, it also contains both customary and metric measurements and a list of suppliers in FIVE countries, making it suitable for international soapmakers. In addition, after reading this book, Anne will personally answer questions you may have on soapmaking on her website.

Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Other great soapmaking resources include the 2016 release Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola, The Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso – You can read this book free if you sign up for an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Free 30-day trial – Soap Maker’s Workshop: The Art and Craft of Natural Homemade Soap by Robert S. McDaniel and Katherine J. McDaniel – this book comes with an instructional DVD, and the more traditional book, Milk Soapmaking also by Anne L. Watson, Ultimate Guide To Soap Making by Amanda McCarthy, The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How by Susan Miller Cavitch that includes a great troubleshooting section and a chart that lists the properties of the most commonly used oils.

Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Other books you may find of interest include The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century by Charlotte Denholtz – or read free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited –The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients by Mary Helen Leonard, Soap Queen Business Handbook by Anne-Marie Faiola for those interested in selling homemade soaps, Soap Queen Cold Process Soap and Soap Queen Lotions, Scrubs, Salts and More Projects by Anne-Marie Faiola – both also free to read with Amazon Kindle Unlimited – Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive by Petra Ahnert and Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive by Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes.

As with most books, the kindle versions of these books, if available, are significantly cheaper in most cases than the paper version. If you don’t have a kindle you can read kindle eBooks using the free Kindle Reading App on most devices.

You may also want to read my online soapmaking tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here which includes links to other helpful resources, tools and charts as well as my article on how to create your own custom cold process soap recipe using a lye calculator here. Or discover a plethora of homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.

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