A few months ago a friend of mine said oh no I don't think your yarn/stash thing is weird. My weird craft is making soap. So of course that got my wheels turning and I immediately wanted to make soap too! So, tonight she came over and taught me to make soap. It was so much fun and I totally think I might be addicted to it. We used the cold method to make our soap.
1. The first thing we did was was measure out the oil into a pot and put it on the stove on low to melt
2. While that is melting we measured out the water and lye. As this is very toxic we mixed it outside and left it there to cool.
3. The lye and oil mixture have to be the same temperature, so after the oil was melted we put it in a cold water bath to cool.
4. Next we mixed the oil and lye mixtures together in a large bucket. At this point the mixture has to be well... mixed. There is a couple different ways to approach this. You can mix by hand. This takes about 45 minutes or you can use an electric mixer. Can you guess which one we picked?
5. Yup... you guessed it! We chose the mixer. This takes about 5 minutes total. When the soap is almost ready we added the scent. We chose oatmeal, milk, and honey scent (8tsp). We also chose to put abut 1/3 cup of ground oatmeal in the soap. This will act as a gentle exfoliating agent. Then, we mixed the soap until it started tracing. At this point we needed to prepare the box.
6. The box gets lined with a plastic garbage bag. The bag is cut open so that it can be on the bottom and on the top.
7. The soap mixture is poured into the box
8. The divider is set in and the box gets covered for the night to keep it warm. The soap cannot come out for 24 hours.