Homemade Soap

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Homemade soap is a great way to be creative and inventive. You can make so many variations; different colors, shapes, scents. There are so many options. I have always been interested in making soap but am very nervous about using Lye, I will do it someday but until then I will make what I call cheater soap.

I love my cheater soap! It is simple to do and my children can help out in the process. My latest version is an olive oil base with tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. I have also used a glycerine base and added in lemon zest and lemon oil, it turned out great. Another I tried but was not successful was a glycerine base with green tea. It left your hands dirty then they were to start and it smelled bad. Below is how to make my cheater soap.

Items needed:

  • Block of Olive oil soap base
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Soap Mould
  • Any combination of oils you would like
  • Optional: soap dyes

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Directions:

  1. Cut the block of olive oil soap base in half. Put in microwave safe bowl; melt according to the manufacturer’s directions. For me it took a total of 10 minutes to melt and stir it to be usable.
  2. Once the base is melted add in whatever it is that you are using for additives. I added in 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil. Stir it to mix in well.
  3. Once it is mixed, pour it into your soap mould. I used a silicone heart shaped baking mould that I purchased at the dollar store.
  4. Now it is time to wait for the soap to harden. The length of time it will take will vary, my soap was hard in about 2 hours.
  5. Once it is hard, pop it out of the mould. It is now ready to use.

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Do you enjoy making soap? If you do, what are some different types you have made? Please leave me a comment below.

 

3 comments

  • I love making this cheater soap too. Dollar store molds are fantastic! Spearmint is super refreshing and I’ve made a grapefruit/vanilla blend that is really nice too. Vanilla in a goat’s milk base is luxurious. 🙂 I have also made soap with lye and agree that it is a bit nerve wracking at first. However, it is super exciting and I am hoping to get around to making more on e the weather is nicer so I can open my window for ventilation near the lye. You are welcome to come see the process sometime. 🙂

  • Mom to akidsdiary.wordpress.com

    Lye freaks me out a bit too. Would you say this cheater soap saves you money or is it just for fun or gifts?

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