|Luxurious homemade soap using|
four simple ingredients.
The very first soap I made was Rhonda Hetzel's recipe HERE. I have come full circle back to this list of ingredients and it is the staple soap I make for the family now. This soap is luxurious, frugal, mild on sensitive skin, great as a shampoo (cured my lifetime battle with dandruff ), has quality ingredients, traces so easily and is so easy to make.
Although the ingredients is exactly as Rhonda has listed, I use a slightly different method.
To make good quality basic personal bathroom soap, you do not need fancy molds, you do not need a thermometer, you do not need any fancy of special equipment. The only thing you must have is an accurate set of kitchen scales, but the rest is all normal kitchenware.
Always wear eye protection and gloves, keep a window open, be near running water, keep pets and children well away, have old towels ready for any accidental spills, be 100% organised with everything you need before you start, work confidently and smoothly.
173 grams of caustic soda
450 mils of water
250 gram block of Copha (Hydrogenated coconut oil)
1000 grams of olive oil
Please weigh these using your kitchen scales. Do not guess as the amounts must be accurate.
1. Break up the Copha into a non metallic bowl
2. Add caustic soda to water slowly stirring all the while (not the other way around). You now have lye.
WARNING never add the water to the caustic soda or it will explode. Make sure you have an open window nearby as the caustic soda will emit fumes while it is reacting with the water. The water will nearly reach boiling point as you add the caustic soda so BE CAREFUL but not nervous.
3. Add lye carefully to the Copha
4. Stir until Copha is fully dissolved
5. Add olive oil
6. Alternately stir and blend with a kitchen stick blender. (You can use a set of beaters but be very careful of splatter...or you could just stir with a non metallic spoon - but this will take much longer)
7. Bring mixture to TRACE. You know you are at trace when the mixture looks and feels like custard and leaves a very noticeable trace or wake in the mixture.
8. Pour into a plastic container. Use a spatula to get every last drop of soap mixture into the container.
9. Pop a lid on the container or wrap with cling-wrap and set aside totally undisturbed for at least 24 hours.
10. After 24 hours, carefully pop the set soap mold out of the plastic container onto a cutting board.
11. Slice up into bars using the sharpest knife you have.
12. Place bars of soap onto a cake cooler and set aside for six weeks to harden.
Here It Is In Pictures
|Break up the Copha into a non-|
|Weigh the caustic soda excatly|
|Weigh the water excatly|
|Add the caustic soda slowly to the water stirring continually|
WORK CAREFULLY HERE
|Stir the caustic soda and Copha carefully|
so as not to splash it
|Stir manually till Copha fully dissolved.|
|Weigh the olive oil|
|Add olive oil to the already dissolved|
Copha and lye
|Use stick blender - do not splash.|
|This is what trace looks like.|
|Pour into plastic container.|
Plastic is great because it is so
much easier to remove the soap
|Pop the lid on and leave undisturbed|
for 24 hours.
|Carefully twist the plastic container|
until the soap mold pops out in
|Use a very sharp knife to cut up into bars|
|Place bars onto a cake cooling|
rack to harden. This will take
six weeks minimum.
If you have never made soap before, lean in and give this a shot. It is as easy as falling off a log and so, so, so satisfying to make.
Take care folks and stay nice.