Going Organic In Soap Making
Soap-making is an art that has grown much over the years, and along with it came the
popularity of organic soap. A lot of factors have contributed to its growth, primary of which is the growing
awareness about the different unhealthy ingredients that commercial soaps contain chemicals, colorings, and other
substances that are harmful to the environment and to people with very sensitive skin.
Why Go Organic In Making Your Soap?
Aside from the fact that organic soap-making is an enjoyable experience, it gives a lot of other benefits not
only to you but as well as to the environment and the society.
The following are some of its benefits:
* You can choose the ingredients you want to include in the soap, so there's no risk of exposing your skin to
all the harmful chemicals that may only cause skin dryness, oiliness, or even irritation.
* By choosing organic materials, you'll save the already-suffering environment from substances that may pollute it
and cause it to die faster.
* By going for organic ingredients, you'll help local farmers and growers instead of supporting foreign companies
with their imported ingredients.
With all these benefits, there's no reason you shouldn't go for organic soap-making. The next thing you need to
know is how.
Organic Soap-Making How To
Making an organic soap involves different processes, but here are the basic that you must know to get
1. Prepare your ingredients: lye, oil (the kind of oil will depend on the soap texture you want to achieve),
natural scent, and water.
2. Heat the oil to about 54 degrees Celsius.
3. Slowly combine cold water (be sure that it's cold) with raw lye (CAUTION: lye could be dangerous when raw, so
wear protective goggles and rubber gloves).
4. Add the other ingredients according to your preference (coloring, scent, etc.).
5. Stir the mixture slowly and wait for the lye to dissolve in the water (the water will typically heat up with the
combination of lye wait till it reaches the right temperature, also 54 degrees Celsius).
6. When the right temperature is reached, combine the two mixtures (oil and water-lye mixtures).
7. Stir them until the new mixture gets thicker (about 15 minutes).
8. Pour the mixture into the mold until it hardens. You can place it inside a freezer for a faster hardening.
Final precaution: Be careful when handling raw lye; it can cause blindness, skin damage, and even death (when
swallowed). When making soap using this ingredient, be sure that you're completely familiar with the process.
With the right procedures and the precaution taken, you can now make your own organic soap.