How to Make Lye Soap

If you want to learn how to make lye soap at home, you'll be thrilled to find out it's a rather simple process. What was once lye and oil will turn into beautiful soap you can package and give as gifts to friends and family. The process does require the use of safety equipment such as goggles, rubber gloves and a protective jacket (because lye is caustic and can hurt you), but the process itself is not complicated. You will need to measure ingredients very carefully and to the ounce, so you may want to use a small scale when gathering your supplies.

Making Homemade Lye Soap

Ingredients You Will Need:
11.2 ounces of lye
32 ounces of cold water
16 ounces olive oil
48 ounces lard
16 ounces coconut oil

Put on your safety gear (goggles, gloves and protective jacket). Combine the lye and cold water carefully, mixing slowly. Make sure the room is well ventilated by opening doors and windows and make sure no children or pets are in the room. The mixture will get very hot, so use caution.

Combine the olive oil, lard and coconut oil in a pot on the stove and heat on medium-low heat, stirring continuously, until oils reach 130 degrees. Turn off the heat and carefully add the lye and water solution, being very careful not to splash at all. Mix, alternating using a stick blender and a large wooden spoon, for approximately five minutes, until the soap thickens and begins to trace. Add your colorant and fragrance at this point, using the spoon to mix.

Pour the lye soap into soap molds. Let the soap cure overnight. In the morning, you can turn the bars of soap out of the molds and wrap them in cellophane. This soap should be creamy, slightly oily and gentle on your skin-perfect for those with sensitive skin!

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