Frugal Village Forums banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,116 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Any tips to a newbie??
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,714 Posts
I wanna know too.....

and by the way Jessica - where HAVE you been? :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,488 Posts
I second that... where have you been?? How's your new home? Glad to see you back my friend.. I also would like to know how to make my own soap..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
783 Posts
I want to learn also. I think I saw some of mad hens soap pictures maybe she will give us some tips. Candy
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,954 Posts
A friend and I have been gearing up to do this all winter. Once spring hits, we are going to be hitting my backyard and making some soap over the open campfire!

I'll let you know how it all goes once we do it!
 
  • Like
Reactions: hunertime

·
Registered
Joined
·
340 Posts
Be warned...once you start making soap, you cannot stop. It's an addiction!

There are two kinds of soapmaking; cold process and hot process. Cold process is when you combine the lye solution and oils, then mix to trace and add fragrance, colours, botanicals, clay and anything else you want to use. Then it's poured into a mold and left to harden. When it's hard, you remove it from the mold, slice it, and leave it to cure for a minimum of a month.

Then there's hot process, where you mix the lye solution and oils, mix to trace and then cook the mix until it reaches gel stage. At that point, you add your other bits and pieces, mold, and unmold when fully cool. You can use this soap immediately, although soap is like wine - it's better with age - so I usually leave mine to cure for about a week. I do hot process using an old crock pot.

The best place to start is about, which has a fantastic cold process tutorial.

I'll post more information in detail as soon as I get a minute!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,693 Posts
I listed a bunch of pics with step by step instructions in my self-sufficiency album. It was a lot easier than I worried it would be. It pretty much makes itself. Mine was a very simple goats' milk soap, no fancy ingredients, and took about 2 hours total, I think, not counting curing time. I'll have to make some more, as I gave a lot of it away at Christmas and now my sister is demanding more. :)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
21,255 Posts
I listed a bunch of pics with step by step instructions in my self-sufficiency album. It was a lot easier than I worried it would be. It pretty much makes itself. Mine was a very simple goats' milk soap, no fancy ingredients, and took about 2 hours total, I think, not counting curing time. I'll have to make some more, as I gave a lot of it away at Christmas and now my sister is demanding more. :)
Loved your step by step photos, madhen :thumb:

What did you use to cut the soap?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,693 Posts
Loved your step by step photos, madhen :thumb:

What did you use to cut the soap?
I just used an old kitchen knife. I *did* relegate everything I used to a soap-making classification (i.e, not to be used on food anymore), but that was pretty much one measuring cup, a bowl, and the knife. :)
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top