More and more people are turning towards making their own soap bars and staying away from soaps that contain chemicals due to the negative effects of these chemicals and the positive effects of soaps made at home. You, too, can start making your own soaps at home as their are several ways of doing so. Discussed below are some of the easiest and most common methods of making soaps at home. You may also enjoy reading our DIY section of the website, where we teach you how to make just about any type of skin treatment using items you have around the house.
Cold Process Method
This is one of the most commonly used techniques of producing soaps at home. Most beginners use this method due to its ease. You begin with melting the oils together and carefully blending all in a lye. However, before you do so the lye and the oil mixture must be at a standard temperature, usually 90F.
Once these are combined, the mixture is blended with a stick until it turns thicker and then it is poured into a mold to give the soap the desired shape.
This method requires a thermometer to check temperature and a heating element to heat the mixtures. Once in the mold, the mixture is to cure for about 5 weeks before it is in a condition to be used.
Room Temperature Method
This is also a very commonly used method, as unlike the method discussed above this one does not require an outside heating source or a thermometer to check temperature. This too requires about 5 weeks to cure before it is in a condition to be used.
In this method the lye is poured onto the hard oils allowing it to melt thanks to the heat while also gently stirring the mixture. Once the hard oils melt, it is time to add the soft oils to it and the mixture is carefully blended till it becomes thick and then id poured into the mold.
Hot Process Method
One of the major benefits of using this method is that it does not require a lot of time for it to cure and you can use it as soon as you cut it through. However, keeping it there for a few days to cure might be of help. Additionally, the final product in this case is comparatively rustic.
In this method the oils are to be melt and then carefully blended in the lye until the mixture becomes thick; then the mixture is heated for a few minutes for it to become even thicker and translucent. Once it turns into the form of a mashed potato (that thick) it is poured into the mold and allowed to cool off.
In addition to these there are some other methods of making soap as well, but these are the most commonly used ones. We also have a new article on how to make shea butter soap.