How to Make Glycerin Soap

It's not hard to learn how to make homemade glycerin soap and it's is a fun project that will produce perfect gifts for friends and family-beautiful, clear homemade bars of soap!  While you can buy melt and pour glycerin soap making kits, a few simple tips will teach you how to make soap from scratch.

Glycerin Soap Supplies You Will Need:
14 ounces palm oil
5.4 ounces coconut oil
8.3 ounces castor oil
4 ounces lye
5 ounces distilled water
13 ounces grain alcohol (95% ethanol)
3 ounces glycerin
8 ounces sugar
5 ounces water

One word of warning before beginning: Wear rubber gloves, goggles and a protective jacket when working with lye in this first step. Lye is very caustic.

Combine the palm oil, coconut oil and castor oil in a pot on the stove and heat to 145 degrees. In another pot, combine the lye and water very carefully. This mixture will get hot on its own, so beware. Make sure the area in which you are working is well ventilated by opening the windows and doors and keep children and pets out of the room.

When the oils reach 145 degrees, carefully pour the lye into the oils. Mix, alternating using a stick blender and a large wooden spoon, for approximately five minutes, until soap thickens and begins to trace. Place the pot of soap mixture inside a larger pot with a small amount of water in the bottom. Cover the pot with the soap mixture inside it and heat on low heat for two hours or until soap mixture saponifies. Make sure you use a pot with a tightly fitting cover.

Uncover the pot and mash the soap mixture with a potato masher. Add the grain alcohol and glycerin and put the pot back on the double boiler or pot of hot water. Cover, heat over low heat and keep the temperature at 145 degrees or lower. In a separate pot, boil the five ounces of water and eight ounces of sugar until sugar dissolves completely. Let the sugar water cool to 145 degrees, then add it to the other pot of soap mixture and stir well.

If you wish to add colorant or scent, now is the time to add these extras.  Use FD&C dyes (which are food grade). These retain their coloring best.

Pour the soap mixture into soap molds. Let the soap cure for at least two weeks before popping it out of the molds. Wrap it in pretty cellophane and tie a ribbon around it before distributing.

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