Melt and Pour Soap Making
There are two ways to get started with making soap at home. You can get started from scratch either you can start with a melt and pour soap making base from a ready-made kit.
Let’s talk about how to get started making soap from scratch. First, you want to grab the right ingredients, which are lye, water, and oil. Of course, you can make these ingredients much more complicated and add other things like natural coloring solutions such as indigo or your fragrances. But you should add these after you have already reached a trace in the soap-making process before molding and shaping your soap.
Many people may prefer to begin soap-making at home with a pre-made melt and pour soap-making kit because they won’t have to deal with chemical lye. Lye is a dangerous chemical that can burn skin and cause other problems. But as long as you handle it safely and correctly, there should be no problem. So you can choose to either learn how to handle lye safely. So that you can be comfortable going to manage it, or you can bypass the handling of lye by just starting with a kit.
A pre-made kit contains a melt and pours soap-making base that has been used to lye to make the base but no longer contains the chemical lye. It may sound a little confusing, but it’s important to note. So essentially, you cannot make soap without lye, but you can use a pre-made soap-making basis to make soap, making it easy because the lye is no longer on the base as long as the process has been done correctly. And it may take a bit of practice to do this process correctly at home.
Making soap from scratch
Making soap from scratch involves pouring your lye into your filtered or softened water according to the measurements in your recipe. Then, before adding the oil, you must mix it. And you can make Castile soap by using olive oil according to the proper measurements.
And I said pouring the lye into the water because this is the way it must be done. You can’t pour the water into the lye. The reason is that you’re mixing chemicals here, and there is a right way to do it so that you don’t get a volcano-type mass with the dangerous chemical in your kitchen.
Remember that with all these ingredients, you need to have pure ingredients. For example, when you’re going to the store to buy olive oil, you may see a bottle that says olive oil on it, but you want to check the ingredients on the back to ensure that it is pure 100% olive oil contains nothing else. And if you can’t find lye at your local hardware store or any other store in your town, you should be able to find it online.
So if you don’t want to start by making soap from scratch, or if you see soap making more than a hobby than something you want to do seriously, then I would suggest starting with a melt and pour soap-making kit.
These kits come with a soap-making base that has a solvent and it so all that you need to do is melt it and then add whatever fragrance or natural coloring you want to add to customize the soap to your liking.
I mentioned indigo powder earlier, which will turn your soap blue. You can also use alkanet powder, and you can use other things like oatmeal or lemongrass for health benefits and your soap. You can also use fragrances such as tea tree oil for health benefits and the smell.
Soap making can be a rewarding hobby, and if you find you enjoy it tremendously, you may make some extra cash by making your soap and selling it for profit.
But first, you want to start by deciding which method you want and some basic recipes for how to customize your first soap. And if you’re going to learn to make soap from scratch, you’ll want to learn how to use the chemical lye correctly and safely so that you don’t feel extremely uncomfortable handling it.
So choose the path you’re going to be taking to learn soap making at home, and start making natural soap you can enjoy and feel better about while you’re taking care of your family and taking better care of your skin.
Your goal is to get to where you have the opportunity for the rebonding experience. Keep it in the back of your mind, and keep your patience at all times.