Soap Making Introduction
Soap Making At Home
I started making soap in my kitchen one winter’s day as a fun project to do with the kids and I have never looked back. The soap I created was better than the soap I purchased in the store and cheaper too.
One of the most important things about making your own soap is the fact that you get to control exactly what goes into it. Most commercial soaps have harsh chemicals, colourants, and perfumes in them that can be harmful to your skin. When making your own soap you can choose natural ingredients such as herbs and spices for colour, and essential oils such as lavender oil for perfume. You can also choose from a variety of oils for different purposes, such as olive oil, for a moisturising soap.
You can buy high-quality soaps in speciality stores and they are of excellent quality. They are usually packaged beautifully as well and make wonderful gifts. The downside of this is that they are very expensive, as you are paying for all that packaging, not just the soap. A better idea is to make high-quality soaps at home and with the money you save you will be able to be creative in packaging them for friends as gifts if you wish to and still have money left over.
Most people will find all that they need to make soap is already in their kitchen.
You will need the following
- A large container for mixing the soap made of enamel, glass, stainless steel or earthenware
- A wooden spoon just for soap making
- Soap moulds. I have used wooden trays, shoe boxes and all shapes and sizes of small containers such as margarine containers.
- Rubber gloves
- Eye protection (you will find these at your local hardware)
- One, or even two thermometers with a temperature range from zero to one hundred degrees celsius.
Soap Making Kits
We have built our own Soap Making Kits that are very economical, as with the addition of some olive oil, goat's milk, and lye, each kit will make very close to 100 soaps.