Today we learn how to do a homemade soap. Step by step by step we will make a DIY which smells like lavender.
A homemade soap will help keep showers short as they naturally produce fewer suds for rinsing. Why not try the recipe below and make your own?
Mix the lye into the water in a receptacle that can handle heat such as a glass bowl. It’s best to do this outside so that you don’t fill the house with fumes – try not to breathe them in!
Once the lye has dissolved leave the mix to cool somewhere away from children and pets.
Meanwhile, weigh and mix the olive and coconut oils in a large, glass bowl with room for adding and mixing the other ingredients.
Once the lye mixture has cooled slightly bring it back inside and pour into the oil mix. Combine them gently at first.
When the lye mix has been incorporated into the oils, start to blend with a hand blender being careful not to spray the mixture everywhere. A good place to do this is at the bottom of the sink whilst standing as far back as the blender will allow.
The mixture will start to thicken like mayonnaise – this stage is called ‘trace’. At this point mix in the essential oils. Pour into soap moulds such as silicone or plastic containers. It’s a good idea to oil the containers beforehand to prevent sticking.
Cover and set aside for at least 24 hours.
After 24 hours, uncover and see if you can unmould it. If it’s too soft, wait a few more hours or place somewhere cold to help shrink it a little.
Once you’ve managed to unmould the soap, cut into bars. The beauty of making your own soap is that you can cut it into whatever shape you like!