I never seem to get the microwave right in terms of time and temp level. I was afraid too but then realized as long as you respect the lye and work carefully then it’s a snap! I followed your instructions for a 5% superfat. (The guys in my family like it, so that might be something your boys would enjoy too!) However, if you want to make your own soaps without having to work with lye, you can use a melt-and-pour base or you can rebatch soap . I’d love to check it out and see if I can figure out how they do it too! If the reviews are good for the product, then perhaps it’s just a bad batch; I’ve also heard of that occasionally happening even with good suppliers. However, it is very caustic and can burn living tissue such as skin in its raw form. You can take a spoon and scrape out the residue and form it into a ball and you have ready to use soap. As am I Jan! I am extremely interested in making my own soap—I saw an intriguing process using a crock pot a while back & can’t wait to try it. c. If I use the solution as is, would I measure the lye water in a liquid measure cup or still weigh it like the other ingredients for soap making? Hi Mandy! Will that work or will it ruin the soap base? Set your lye aside, combine your oils in a pan, and then heat the oil until it reaches 120 °F. Congratulations to your granddaughter! Hi Jan!! So you want to make your own soap but you don’t want to handle Lye! Hi, I am new to soap making in general. Do lye or melt and soap would harm skin I am saying beacuase I always perferd herbal cosmetics and cream to stay away from chemical substances. Thanks for the feedback on wholesale supplies – I will have to check them out! Carefully pour the melted soap base into the molds and spray it with alcohol. Mix with the spatula until combined. When I discovered melt & pour, I was in heaven. Now, every fat requires a certain amount of lye to turn it into soap. PERIOD. I showed them how to make castile w/ oatmeal & honey. Once your oils are hot enough, stir the oil and lye together using an immersion blender or whisk. On the stovetop, melt at low-medium heat. Sorbitol is an alcohol used to lower the soap’s melting point. The website thenerdyfarmwife.com, operating under Honey Bee Hill Creatives LLC, is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. I have a melt and pour soap section in my Amazon shop too with some stuff I frequently use for Melt & Pour that I buy from there: :) The oils in the recipe start reacting immediately with the lye to make soap when they combine. The bases are designed to be complete and too much oil will alter their consistency. In a heatproof 4-cup (1-L) glass measuring container, combine the aloe vera powder, spirulina, water, aloe soap base and shea butter soap base. The name of your post came up during a search & brought me here, as I know it is IMPOSSIBLE to make soap WITHOUT lye. I saw it at Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Market. Other than that, it’s a good project. Here is an introduction to making soap includes without lye ( Melt & Pour and Cold process) Article by Smartpennieslife. So, thank you for sharing this. All of the soap bases I’ve seen contain soy protein do you know of any that don’t? Yes, you are not seeing things, I actually said BRUSH TEETH. Pour the melted soap into a large, heat resistant bowl, and mix in finely ground oats. :). 2. I wish I could find one that is soy free and palm free – but so far, no luck! Use a scale (weight) to measure the oils, butters, wax, lye (sodium hydroxide), water, and glycerin. If you’re using a ready made soap base, then you can use the soap right away. Hi Carmela! It is the most wonderful soap as it is unadulterated. One place to try is brambleberry.com – they have such nice customer service that if you did run into a problem, I think they’d be a lot more helpful than the place you purchased your product from. Some people think that lather must equal bubbles which is why I ask. This would be a great project for middle school kids! Great article! I love the price and quality of the items. I will need enough for about 250 people. Kirk’s Castile CoCo Original soap—also comes in unscented—is a standalone with NO NEED to alter it in ANY way!! Hi Inny! Step 2 Grate your castile soap until you have 2 cups. I buy all my soap bases from Bramble Berry and have for 3yrs. Log in, « How To Make Oatmeal and Honey Goat Milk Soap Without Lye, Rosehip and Evening Primrose DIY Anti-Aging Facial Cream ». I’m afraid I have no good advice about homemade lye solutions. Only a tiny bit at most. If you have a really high olive oil soap, it usually benefits from waiting longer, in order to get a harder, longer lasting bar. I didn’t know that it would become a huge hobby of mine!! Plus, of course, more examples and recipes in my Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps book! Can you use almond milk instead of coconut milk? Or what is making it not lather? Re: Soap in a crockpot with a liner/roasting bag – it’s not really that hard to clean out once it has cooked. This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap. Unfortunately, it’s hard to save overheated bases. It is the lye that turns fats into soap and it's impossible to make soap, from scratch, without it. I get my base at http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com They have a wide variety of bases including an all natural. They’ll often replace the batch for you if that’s the case. I’d also like to share a recipe from my new print book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. bars.) Jan ~ do you work with the white cream textured soaps? If you don’t mind the little air bubbles, you can definitely leave out the alcohol spritzing! If you’re interested in combining natural colorants, essential oils, herbs, and flowers with melt and pour (glycerin) soap base – you’re going to love my new print book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps – just released today! The goat milk already makes the recipe creamy and rich. I’ve made a camouflage cold process soap many times before and I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen a melt & pour version out there. LOL Not good for working with potentially dangerous ingredients. Melt and pour soap is basically plain, colorless and odorless lye soap that has been made in advance. you can’t make bar soap, liquid soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc without lye. I like how they make it look marble like. How to make soap without lye Really there is no true lye free soap, because at some point or another lye has been used to create the saponification process. It’s a good way to let kids gain hands-on experience making herbal soaps, but they don’t have to handle lye or anything unsafe to do so. Goat milk soap recipes need little shea butter if at all. This article will hopefully give you further information: http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/why-use-lye-in-soap.aspx. :). Hi Lynn, I’m so sorry that you’ve been ill, but am happy to know that you’re feeling better! This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Making Soap Without Lye, Peppermint and Chamomile Oatmeal Facial Mask, Peppermint and Orange Shea Butter Body Bal, Super Simple Sugar Scrub Recipe + Tips on Customizing Your Scrub, The Ultimate Guide to Making Soap from Scratch, simple cold process soap recipe for beginners, Contain no SLS, SLES, detergents, or parabens, Are made from only natural and naturally-derived ingredients, Includes non-GMO, vegan, RSPO and palm-free options. Can I still add more oils to the melt and pour soap base? Would a crock pot liner or turkey roasting bag work to speed clean-up & make it an easier pour into molds? You can get some on Amazon too (free shipping!) I get you! Hopefully someone knowledgeable will see this and chime in! Here’s an article I wrote about why we need lye, How to Make Pencil Lines in Melt & Pour Soap, http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/why-use-lye-in-soap.aspx, http://www.bulkapothecary.com/categories/soap-making-supplies.html, https://www.amazon.com/shop/thenerdyfarmwife, https://thenovastudio.com/things-we-love-biodegradable-shrinkwrap/, https://thenovastudio.com/how-biodegradable-is-biolefin/, isopropyl (or rubbing) alcohol in a spray bottle, 12 oz (340 g) aloe soap base, cut into 1″ (2.5-cm) cubes, 4 oz (113 g) shea butter or goat’s milk soap base, cut into 1″ (2.5-cm) cubes. next. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. When the soap is fully melted, remove the container from the heat. I’d try a new source. It will be winter soon here in the mountains, so while I would love to be able to evaporate off the liquid, not sure I will be able to. All recipes are made and used at your own risk. In fact, I am strictly a “From-Scratch” soap maker. Strain the infused soap base through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Heat over medium-low heat until the soap is almost melted, 15 to 25 minutes, then lower the heat to low and infuse for an additional 20 minutes. (i.e. My packagings needs to be plastic free / eco friendly …. Sodium hydroxide, or lye, is a major ingredient in soap-making. Hi Ann, I’ve never ran into that before. I need a no-lye easy way to make this, adding oils and things like lavender buds, ect. can I save them? Combine liquid oils: olive oil and jojoba oil and set aside in a small jar or bowl. This post – How to Make Herbal Soap Without Handling Lye {melt & pour} – was originally published September, 2013 and updated November, 2019. Honestly once I did it I was hooked!! I was worried at first too and thought for sure I’d do something wrong. {;0}, Thanks for the link – will check it out! Thanks for sharing your tip Crosswind! Yes – great idea! ), or it could be the brand of soap base. 1. I’m sure I could do it if I read up on it enough and had the right equipment. I hope the future batches are better behaved for you! :). Wouldn’t you know that right after I posted to your blog, I found another that answered some of my questions? These came out so pretty too. Learn how to incorporate herbs, flowers, essential oils, and other natural ingredients into melt and pour soap base, no handling of lye required! Next, add the coconut oil … I am recuperating from being rather ill this last number of months and am getting much better. What they don’t tell you is that in M&P soap they have to add additional glycerine to counteract the drying properties of the alcohol used. Rebatching soap involves grating and melting a pure soap, adding colors, herbs, scents and other additives to make a unique soap, and then pouring the mixture into soap molds to cure. https://thenovastudio.com/things-we-love-biodegradable-shrinkwrap/ I’m currently working on a new website devoted just to melt and pour recipes and tutorials – Easy Melt & Pour. This melt and pour soap diy tells you step by step how to make soap without lye. Additive and scent at light trace. I have an example of this technique shown in the Jewelweed Melt & Pour Soap recipe in my article, Preserving & Using Jewelweed. While the soap heats, stir the arrowroot powder and aloe vera gel together until it’s very smooth, using a spoon to press out any lumps. For those who don’t want to work with this potentially dangerous chemical there are alternative ways to make a beautiful bar of soap. 4. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Lye This site has a 13 step procedure with pictures on making your own lye for soap making. Home Made Soap Without Lye Making Soap Without Lye Diy Soap Recipe Without Lye Soap Making Recipes Homemade Soap Recipes Homemade Products Diy Tumblr Diy Soap Easy Diy Soaps. I have seen quite a few people n my area trying to sell M&P soap as anything but… I look at lye much the same as I do with electricity. ), Yes, that’s exactly how I view it too! I used a melt and pour base and I cannot get it to lather. Pink: madder root powder (1/8 to 1/2 tsp per 4 oz), rose clay (1/4 to 1/2 tsp per 4 oz) Does anyone know if this is correct & the amount needed if it is? Place it on the stove top and heat on low. In that case, you could also choose to leave out the arrowroot powder, or add it by itself to the hot melted soap (make sure it’s lump free by perhaps sifting or rubbing through a sieve, so it’s easier to blend in.) Once melted, add your herbs and oils (about 30 drops essential oil and 1/2 teaspoon herbs per pound of soap base). Thanks again!! But with two toddlers in the house, there is no way I could do it while they are awake and when they are asleep I’m usually bone tired and brain dead. I have a question regarding the melt and pour soap base. Carefully pour the melted soap base into the molds and spray it with alcohol. You’ll love it! I have done a lot of experimenting with this base, I add different oils in small quantities & to make it harder I use palm kernel oil. https://www.amazon.com/shop/thenerdyfarmwife. :). It’s available for order from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, and wherever books are sold. errr, the process I refer to in comment #5 should be #4. shea butter melt and pour soap base (soap base comes in 2 lbs. I have to wonder if you got a bad batch or something? Aloe is prized for its ability to soothe itchy, hot or inflamed skin conditions. I hope this overview will be a nice gateway into helping others get more comfortable with the idea of making soap in general, and that some will gain the confidence to try cold process soap (my favorite method!) Hi Jan, thank you for this article. I love Brambleberry too I just found your blog when I was looking for a natural eye wash-and found your calendula eye wash-making it now-I have some of my own flowers that I froze. The more I make soap, the more I consider learning hot process or cold process soapmaking. You can still use it sooner though. Thank for the wonderful recipes :) I have a question about packaging though – i have been making melt and pour soaps but since i don’t wrap them in plastic, they get some moisture on them. This is my personal favorite. :) When making soap completely from scratch, you should wait four to six weeks before using. The additional oils can throw the mixture out of balance and either run the batch or make the bars super soft. I LOVE Bramble Berry’s products as well. SF is around 7% and water is 36-38%. I use soap making supplies from Bulk apothecary (http://www.bulkapothecary.com/categories/soap-making-supplies.html). Blue: indigo powder or woad powder (1/8 to 1/4 tsp per 4 oz). I did this when pre-heating the oven, or stick it in when baking/cooking or after done & use the residual heat as the oven cools down. Lye is what makes oils soaponify and change from oil to soap. Hi Kathy! Lye is essential in making soap for it reacts with the other ingredients in the soap to produce the final bar. The melt end pour method is by far one of the easiest and the safest way to make soap without lye. Cocoa Butter and Soap. and more info on how biodegradable it is: They all got to take a soap home (in the mold) that they FINALLY got to use a week ago! I used soap calc for my recipe via your instructions. Thank you in advance. Put it in your Pyrex and melt it in the microwave or in a double boiler over low heat. Hi Amanda, Both are great choices! blocks; use half for this recipe and save the rest for another project) 1 tablespoon chamomile powder (or contents of 3 chamomile tea bags) Soap mold or silicone muffin pan (I thought the star molds were super cute … that the lye in the melt & pour base no longer is lye during the process? You’d have to establish some sort of standardized alkalinity in order to get the results you want, but that is way beyond anything I’ve dealt with! The sites I use also: Brambleberry, Sweetcakes, Majesticmountainsage. Paring knife or damp cloth. :), Or… you can just buy your stuff… which is what I prefer :-), Oh I just love how these natural soaps turned out! Allow the hot soap to cool to around 135°F (57°C), stirring occasionally. Lye is … If you’re a palm-free soaper, look for SFIC’s Clear or White Palm Free Soap Bases at Soap Goods or Wholesale Supplies Plus. The place I purchased it from recommended I add liquid soap…this did nothing! Thanks a lot! I think if you add anything, it’d have to be in low amounts. No reheating, or overheating in the microwave. Chop the soap base into large pieces. Here are some of the tutorials on there, with more to come! This would be done either by rebatching soap chips or noodles or using a melt and pour soap base. Nap time is a great time to soap or while they are playing gate off the area you are working in to keep them safe! It brought back memories of the clean I felt as a kid & had not really experienced in many years. They sell it at michael’s craft store. Many Thanks! When you are making soap the idea is to always use more fat than the lye can convert into soap. Yellow: lemon peel powder (1/2 tsp per 4 oz), saffron powder (just a tiny pinch) Hi Jan! When the cocoa butter is partially melted, add the shea butter and continue heating until it is partially melted. 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