A lot of thought goes into fashioning a soap recipe. I begin by listing all the benefits my family, friends, and you would enjoy.
My list goes something like this:
Cleans , Softens , Foams/Lathers/Bubbles , Hydrates
Then I formulate and test ingredients around those benefits.
Clean & Inspect
Start in a brightly lit area and clean work space. Set up and inspect tools, and ingredients.
Suit up! Safety gloves, goggles, masks and long sleeves.
Weigh sodium hydroxide and water. Slowly add sodium hydroxide to the water while stirring. Set aside to cool.
Weigh yummy oils. Combine, melt/heat and stir. Set aside to cool.
Add lye solution to oils and blend. Stir in some smell goods, powder, spices and so on...
Pour soap 'batter' into mold when ready
Insulate with cover, towels or blankets
After a couple days, unmold and cut into bars
Wait & Observe
Set on rack and let soap cure over several weeks
Package & Ship to You
Yeah that's right! Enjoy that lathery, mild, long lasting goody.
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