26 August 2016

How To Make Glycerin Soap Without Lye

If you are new to soap making, glycerin soap is the easiest type of soap to make at home. It is also called melt-and-pour soap because you simply melt the soap base and pour it into a mold. You can make a basic bar of soap, or you can customize the soap with things like color, scent, and additives to make a fun bar of soap.  You can get so creative with this kind of soap, so have some fun with the different melt and pour soap additives!  

How to make glycerin soap without lye

How to Make Glycerin Soap Without Lye

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Before you start your first batch of soap, you'll need a few things:


1.  Measure one pound soap base by weight.

2.  Use a knife to cut soap into small chunks and place in glass bowl or double boiler.

3.  Microwave on high for one minute and stir with wooden spoon. Heat at 30-second intervals until melted. If using a double boiler, heat until melted.

4.  Add color and additives and let cool slightly.

5.  When a skin forms on top of the soap, add fragrance oil. The scent can burn off too if the soap is too hot.

6.  Pour into mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

7.  Let cool completely before unmolding. If glycerin soap does not release easily, put the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again.

Color and Scent

Most craft stores sell soap colorant, but you can also use food coloring. If you do use food coloring, use only a few drops because it can stain your skin or surfaces. Add color one drop at a time and stir until you reach the shade you want. 

Use only fragrance oils or essential oils specifically labeled for soap. Some oils are made for candles and are not safe to use on the skin. Use up to two teaspoons of oil per pound of soap. Adding more oil will not make your soap smell any better, but it may irritate your skin.
You can add a number of items to your soap depending on your skin type. Here are some popular glycerin soap additives and their amounts per pound of glycerin soap:
  • Add 1/2 ounce by weight ground oatmeal for an exfoliating bar.
  • Add 1 tablespoon coffee grounds and up to 2 tablespoons cornmeal for a gardener's soap.
  • To mask human scent for fishing or hunting, add 1/2 tablespoon anise oil.
  • For a deep-cleaning facial bar, add up to 1 tablespoon French clay.
Now that you know how to make glycerin soap without lye, you can try these recipes:

How to Make Calendula Soap for Dry Skin
Gardner's Soap Recipe
How to Make Soap Cupcakes

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