In my last post, I told you I was making soap. I’ve been making a LOT of soap. People will be getting soap for Christmas this year.
I like making soap because you take ingredients that you recognize and do a little magic, and get a completely different product. It’s quite amazing.
Most store-bought “soap” isn’t really soap at all. It’s detergent made from different chemicals. True soap is created through a process called saponification and happens when fats and lye are combined. “The term saponification is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when a vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali. The products of the reaction are two: soap and glycerin.” – www.realhandmadesoap.com
While soaps of the past got a bad reputation for being harsh and caustic, today’s soaps are gentle and natural, and not caustic at all due to proper measuring and processing techniques. In fact, once the saponification is complete, no lye remains in the finished product…only soap and glycerin.
Be sure to use a soap calculator like www.soapcalc.net for creating soap recipes.
Now that our little science lecture is over, let’s take a look at how I’ve been making my soap…in the crock pot!
Gather your ingredients and make sure everything is ready to go before you start the process.
You must take precautions when mixing lye! Wear gloves and safety glasses!
You can use your soap right away, but as you let your bars air-dry, they will become harder and won’t melt in the shower as quickly.
Are you ready to make your own soap now?