To Make Bar Soap - 5 Tips
Learning how to make
bar soap is not so hard except for all the
confusing instructions out there. This article is not a
step by step detailed study, but is more of an overview
with some tips that may prove
Bar soap is a
combination of three basic ingredients. You add
a certain amount of lye to a certain amount of water
and then add that solution to a certain amount of fats
or oils. That gets at the basics. Soap is the
product of a mixture of lye and water with oils or fats.
It's just that simple.
But the amounts are very critical. That is so because
it takes a certain amount of lye to turn a certain
amount of oil or fat to soap. You have to get the
amounts just right or you get bad results. If you have
too much lye you end up with caustic lye floating around
in the soap. It will burn the user. If you have too much
oil, you get some version of an oily mess and not really
very good soap. So the measurements are critical.
By the way, the lye used to make bar soap is sodium
hydroxide. Other kinds of lye are used to make liquid
soap. Lye has a well-deserved reputation for being nasty
stuff. It will burn skin and do all kinds of bad things.
It should be handle with extreme caution. It should not
be used around children. But with safety glasses firmly
in place it really is not much to be feared by adults.
Once we have established the main ingredients of soap
and the importance of proper
measuring you must know that the oils or fats used
to make soap are response to some degree for what kind
of soap you get. As an extreme example, if one used
large amounts of castor oil in soap you get a really
fluffy lather but you also get a bar that dries to be a
little bit on the soft side. It's actually a shampoo
bar. So using different oils gives the soapmaker
different finished results. Choosing the right oils in
the right proportion is critical to making great
For one final tip, consider this. Just about everybody
likes to smell of handmade soap. You can choose to just
use natural oils for scent and get some really nice
aromas in your soap. In addition, by using essential
oils for scents you also might get some aromatherapy
benefits to the soap as well. That's really worth
looking into, using all natural oils for scenting your
Learning how to make
bar soap takes just a little study and a little
practice... if you can get some good directions and
maybe an easy soap recipe.
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