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So, my crafty and frugal friend and I decided we wanted to make our own soap! So, through the winter, we've been researching and checking out soap recipes and books from the library, and today we finally got together and made some! :clap:

It was so much fun! I have to wait til tomorrow to cut it into bars, but when I do I'll take some pics and post them here! It's gonna kill me to wait 3 weeks for it to cure, but I'll have to wait to use it!

Here is the recipe that we used (it is the cold process method):

4 cups lard (you can use 4 cups of any "fat", lard, olive oil, etc.)
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 lye (bought in the plumbing section of a home improvement store)
4 TBS honey
3/4 cup oatmeal, whirred in blender
20 drops of honey almond soap scent (bought at Michaels)

This recipe should make about a dozen bars for less than $4 (so, about 33 cents per bar). I'll post the safety tips at the end!

Melt lard, and let cool to 120 degrees. Place water in a glass or heavy plastic (non melting) bowl. Carefully add 1/2 cup lye and stir with wooden spoon (wear gloves, and do this in a very, well ventilated area, it will heat up on it's own and start to steam, and the vapors are horrible to breath in...I caught just a bit, and it was not pleasant). Let lye solution cool to about 90 degrees. Once both are cooled, add your additives to the fat solution (oatmeal, honey & scent) and stir in. Add lye mixture to fat and begin to stir. Stir constantly, until mixture reaches the constistency of pudding. (this took us about 1/2 hour, then I got out the electric mixer and put it on low, and it sped the process up ALOT). Our soap turned red, during the soaponification process, but is turning back into a natural tan as it hardens (so I have no idea what adding color would do to the color of this soap). Pour into prepared molds. To prepare molds, I used pyrex glass bakeware, lined with wax paper, but you can also just smear it with petroleum jelly. Let dry for 24 hours. Remove and cut into bars. Place bars on a drying rack or stacked, so that air can circulate through the bars. Cure for 3 weeks before using!

Safety tips:
~Always mix lye wearing gloves, while keeping your face away from the bowl.
~Never use any metal utensils or bowls other than stainless steel.
~Keep a bowl of 1 part soapy water to 1 part vinegar to neutralize any lye spills, and to put your utensils in after you mix up the lye.

And that is about it! If you try it, I suggest you get a good book from the library for reference on safety and procedures...but it really was easy!
 

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I so want to try making my own soap! I have several books checked out right now. lol Plz share more tips on how you did this. Did you have a stainless steel pot? I can't wait to see your pics!
 

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Wow sound like you had lot of fun and excitement. I don't know about making soap with lye isn't that stuff caustic? I'd rather make soap with more natural ingriedients. JMHO Sounds like it's a moneysaver thou thanks for sharing can wait to see pics.
 

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Awesome...

now I have the incentive to try some. Thank you. Take care and God bless.
 

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I'm definitely going to try this! Sounds really great. I think I'll wait until the weather warms up and do it outside.

Did you have a mold? What did you pour it into?

Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Oh, and does anyone have a recipe for a soap that has a SpringFresh/Zesty scent?? :king:
 

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We mixed the lye out in the garage with the big door open. Which helped to keep the caustic vapors ventilated, (which happens when it's mixed, then it heats up on it's own, becuase of the chemical reaction, then once that is done, the chemical vapors are gone). Plus, it was cold out in the garage which helped cool down the lye water alot faster than it would have otherswise!

I used glass bowls becuase we were making a relatively small batch. Then for molds for now, I used a glass bread pan and a 9 in square glass pan, lined with waxed paper. We are going to build some wooden molds, for the next bigger batch we make!
 

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Isn't it fun? :)

I made soap for Christmas last year, and I'm still using some for my own use. Mine was goats' milk, though, and I also included some palm oil and coconut oil.
 

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Soaping is so much fun! I make mine hot process in a crock pot. I can't wait for the soap to cure to use it. At least I wait until it is as solid as possible. Also, homemade soap makes really good shampoo! I don't need to use much, if any, conditioner on my hair afterward.
 

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Thanks for the recipe, you've inspired me to try my hand at soapmaking!!:smted:
 

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thanks for the recipe... i tried to make homemade soap once, but it didn't work out... which was such a bummer! i'm going to see if i can find lye and try this recipe.
 

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This sounds like it wouldn't be too difficult!! I am going to try it once it warms up and I can do it outside. When you say 1/2 lye is that a box/bar???? Thanks for sharing...can't wait to see pics! :)
 

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This sounds like it wouldn't be too difficult!! I am going to try it once it warms up and I can do it outside. When you say 1/2 lye is that a box/bar???? Thanks for sharing...can't wait to see pics! :)

Sorry, it was 1/2 cup! Must have missed that when I posted...I'll go back and edit it! Thanks Debbie!
 
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I can hardly wait for the weather to wrm up so I can try my hand at soap making. I am goingto try this recipe first:tay:
 

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So, I cut the soap yesterday after letting it dry for 24 hours. The recipe called for waiting 24 hours, but I saw other recipes that said to wait 2-3 days to cut, and I think that is what I will do next time.

It was still really soft, so when I cut it, I ended up putting fingerprint indents in it. Which is no big deal, since this is a test batch, but next time I'll wait until it is a little more set!

So, I cut the soap, and got it on my hands, becuase it was so soft. All winter I have had dry cracked hands, that lotion just won't cure. So, I washed the soap off my hands after I cut it, and lo and behold, my hands are soft and smooth and the cracks are totally gone!

I hope this soap retains its moisturizing qualities as it dries! It'll be a great moisturizing soap for the winter time when everything is so dry!
 

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I hope this soap retains its moisturizing qualities as it dries! It'll be a great moisturizing soap for the winter time when everything is so dry!
This is a great perk from making your own soap. DH is diabetic and his skin is dry from it. His scalp is crusty (yuk!) from it. My first batch was no fragrance, all vegetable oils and he loves it. His skin is not so dry and his scalp is not crusty at all. He's mentioned the difference. It's chilly here and all we have to do now is try using just-warm-enough water for showers instead of hot.

Happy soaping!
 

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I think I'm going to collect supplies to try this--and I love honey almond scent too. :yes:
 

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I wasn't going to go out today (we have 6" of snow & still falling) but doggone it, I want to go to the hardware store now.....
 

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Momto2Boyz--How did your soap turn out after it cured for 3 weeks? Just curious to know if you would make this recipe again or try another one.
 
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