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DIY soap bars: four different methods for making soap at home starting with olive oil, chimney ash, caustic soda or vegetable glycerin.

Making very fragrant ones soap bars It is also very simple to rediscover the pleasure of recycling and do-it-yourself which these days do not hurt your wallet, health and the environment. The soap bars for sale on supermarket shelves in fact contain non-natural ingredients: just read the labels to confirm this. But let's see in detail how to do the soap bars at home using natural ingredients.

On this page we will see how to make soap bars withleaching, a long and complex process, or taking advantage of shortcuts. Thus, we will give you four different ways to prepare soap at home.

DIY soap bars

  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Marseille soap
  • Fresh whole peel of orange and lemon
  • Mixer
  • Grater
  • White sheet of tissue paper
  • Molds: containers to be recycled preferably in plastic that does not alter the soap and allows easy extraction.

Directions for molds to use for make scented soaps:
you can recycle small rectangular trays, plumcake trays, plastic food trays, various types of packaging. As small molds, the single-portion fluted pudding molds, yoghurt pots or ice cream molds are well suited. The perfect material for the molds is plastic, which does not alter the soap and allows easy extraction.

WARNING: do not use aluminum molds, it is a metal that reacts with soap, altering its characteristics and making it very difficult to extract it.

DIY soap bars, recipe

  1. Cut the peel of two lemons or two oranges into small pieces, then pour the pieces into the blender, adding a cup of water
  2. Blend the contents at maximum speed until the mixture is uniform then pour it into a large steel pot
  3. Cut a 300 gram piece of pure Marseille soap into flakes, using a grater
  4. Pour the flakes into the pan with the previously prepared cream and mix
  5. Place in a bain-marie and leave to cook covered for about 15 minutes, stirring gently from time to time
  6. As soon as you notice that the soap softens, add spoons of extra virgin olive oil, a spoonful of essential oil of the perfume you like and stir for a long time to mix everything well
  7. Sprinkle the molds with talc and pour the freshly prepared soap into the molds
  8. Wait for the soap to solidify before taking it out of the molds
  9. Place the soap bars on a sheet of white tissue paper and leave to dry away from direct sources of heat for 5 or 6 days, taking care to turn them upside down often so that they dry evenly.

How to make soap at home with ready-to-use kits

There is no shortage of ready-to-use kits on the market formake soap at home. To give you an idea, we recommend a very complete product that uses ready-to-use ingredients.

This kit allows you to dohome scented soaps starting from vegetable glycerin and cosmetic perfumes. It is about DIY soap bars based only on vegetable glycerin so the soap obtained will be transparent. Inside the purchase package there are vials of cosmetic perfumes, harmless but still synthetic ... for a natural soap you can omit the perfumes and replace them with aromatic herbs and essential oils.

For the preparation it will be necessary to melt the base in a bain-marie (or in the microwave) and then add the perfumes or chopped mint leaves or essential oils if necessary.

How to recycle used soap bars?
At the time of preparation, it is also possible to add residues of used soap bars to the base. The kit includes 10 molds, cosmetic perfumes with pipettes, dyes and 450 grams of glycerin. You can buy it on Amazon at a price of 27.21 euros and free shipping.

For all the information, I refer you to the Amazon page: Kit for Scented Soaps

Ready-to-use base for making soap at home

Those who want to save money compared to the product indicated above but do not want to face a production process like theleaching, can take advantage of ready-to-use preparations of natural origin.

Starting from vegetable glycerin and lye (two natural products), it is possible to produce moisturizing soap for skin care. It is not difficult to prepare moisturizing and emollient soap to make the skin soft and well hydrated. Just use the right ingredients.

I mark the basis for prepare soap at home, it is a natural, ready-to-use product made from Castile soap (natural lye) and vegetable glycerin. Just melt the product in a water bath and then add essential oils, carrier oils, dried flowers or even better, other vegetable oils such as coconut oil or cocoa butter to give the finished soap moisturizing properties. Half a kg of ready-to-dissolve soap base is offered on Amazon at a price of 12.99 euros.

For all information: ready-to-dissolve soap base

How to make lye, homemade soap

Lye can be prepared from firewood ash or caustic soda. For the preparation of the lye, I refer you to the pagehow to make lye.

To make soap from caustic soda, I refer you to the page: Homemade Castile soap.



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