Homemade Soap Recipe Without Lye

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This Tutorial outline how to make beautiful Homemade Soap Recipes Without handling Lye.

Homemade Soap Recipe Without Lye. Making soap can be as compared to making a cake. You could either visit the store and buy a cake from the bakery or you can get a box of cake mix to make it at home or you could purchase the specific components to make one from the scratch.

In the same way, you could get ready-made bars of soap or  you could get a pre-made mix (thaw & pour soap base) and /or  you can purchase the raw materials { oils, lye, etc to make your very own soap from the scratch up  (cold process or warm process soap.).

Each action you take takes you further away from the made-from-scratch model, thus,  you have added cost to pay. Convenience is not just more costly; it can be stress-free!

Can You Make Soap Without Lye?

Making soap without lye can be an interesting and yet complicated DIY stuff. Let just keep it, simple girls!

For Starter, Making soap without lye is not possible, soap is an alkali (like sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide) combined with fats. Together they go through a reaction called “saponification”, and in the end, you are left with soap. So, by the very definition of “soap”, you cannot have soap without lye but do note that lye is a caustic substance and you definitely shouldn’t drink it or take a bath in it. But, really, it’s not any worse than bleach or ammonia. make sure you check out this lye safety guide first!

It is worth noting that every bar of proper soap you’ve ever used in your life has been made with lye, so if those were fine, yours will be as well. The only real way you can get a “soap” without using lye is to add a surfactant like sodium sulfate to water. Surfactants create lather, so you’re basically just getting lathery water that will basically act as an industrial strength detergent.

So, is the article topic misleading ?? Nope,  not at all. This article is a good example of re-batching soap if you are hesitant to handle lye yourself..

This is a wonderful soap recipe that combines several of your favorite ingredients for soap making! without having to handle lye.  I can technically call this a lye free soap, since all soap, once it is cured properly, contains no more lye.

The resulting soap from this process is a thick, creamy and rich bar that smells so good you may want to eat it!
How to make Homemade soap without lye.. The resulting soap from this process is a thick, creamy and rich bar that smells so good you may want to eat it! via

Melt & Pour Soap Base

Melt and pour soap is a very good way to dive into soap making if the reader does not want to handle the lye. This method allows you to forgo the hazards of working with caustic lye, while enjoying the creativity of soap making, However, the melt and pour soap or glycerine blocks were all originally formulated with lye.

  • Coconut Oil, Palm Oil
  • Safflower Oil,
  • Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin),
  • Purified Water,
  • Sodium Hydroxide (Saponifying agent, i.e. lye),
  • Sorbitol (moisturizer),
  • Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier),
  • Soy bean protein (conditioner)
  • You can get this Natural Soap Base through browsing around using this search on Amazon, where there is a boatload of options.

This is the brand of melt-and-pour soap that I’ve used before, and it worked really well. You can add scents with essential oils, etc. If you want to create a personalized soap.

  • A digital scale (this is important for making a soap that is not too harsh or too oily)
  • Glass jars and bowls
  • A stick blender 
  • plastic cups (optional)
  • A metal spoon
  • A wooden spoon
  • A spatula
  • Soap molds (Check out these basic bar soap molds.
  • Gloves and sunglasses or Eye wear
  • A large bottle of white vinegar for neutralizing the lye mixture if it spills on anything.

At this point, you can also decide on any add-ins for your soap to customize the color, scent or texture. In the past, I’ve used:
Homemade Soap with no Lye.. Very informative and honest article. I love this post, it’s a great way to get the kids involved without them coming near the lye.

  • Dried herbs (for texture or color)- my favorites are dried lavender flowerscalendula, though any dried herbs could be added.{You can use as much as you want}
  • Colors– natural color options I’ve tried are spices and plant materials like spirulina, turmeric, cocoa, ground coffee (my favorite), hibiscus, beet root and others. {You can use as much as you want}
  • Texture add-ins– like dry freshly ground coffee, healing clay, salts, oatmeal or any other ingredient. {You can use as much as you want}

Instructions

  • Grate 8 ounces of soap. (Two regular size bars.) you can use a cheese grater or a  stick blender. { make sure to use a soap free of chemical and fragrance
  • Proceed to Sprinkle some water {1-2 ounces} or other liquid like coffee, green tea,  infused herbs, coconut milk  over the grated soap (depending on your preference)
  •  Place the mixture in a double boiler or crock pot. The next step is to put the heat on using a  low setting in an oven-safe pot and heat in the oven at the lowest setting.
  • Stir frequently to avoid burning. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. When soap is liquefied, remove from heat. It will like a  lumpy and translucent mixture at this stage.
  • The next step is to add your favorite essential oil/s. and any other desired ingredients such as dried herbs, texture add in, colours. Stir extremely well to your desired consistency.
  • Prepare your molds, by lining your mold with parchment paper for easy removal. Proceed to add your soap mixture into molds using a spoon

 

Make your own homemade soap mold without handling lye. Perfectly safe with kids around

 

  • Allow the Soap mold to cool and set for 24 hours.  To shorten the wait time, (you can place the mold in a freezer for up to 1 hour to make this easier). Cut into desired sizes and shapes using a soap cutter or a food scraper
  • Allow the soap to air dry for a few day or more { this depends mainly on the amount of liquid used in initial preparation. the more liquid you use the longer it takes and the less smooth the outcome is.
  • Do make certain that the soap is completely dry and hard to extend the shelf life. I also allow the soap to dry very well in-between use.

This cute sweet smelling soap makes for a fabulous and thoughtful gift for almost any occasion/season. I hope you have as much fun making these cuties as I did.. Drop a comment to let me how your soaps turn out.

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  1. Sheila M McClintock
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