The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Soaps (Idiot's Guides)
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Leave no soapstone unturned!
Soapmaking has always been a popular craft with a dedicated group of followers, but with the explosion of urban homesteading and people looking to go green, noncrafters are now joining in on the fun. Whether it's making natural soap to live greener, give as gifts, save money, or make money, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Making Natural Soaps has everything the new soap maker will need to create organic, natural soaps of all kinds.
•Includes recipes to make a wide array of molded, poured, and liquid soaps
•Contains soap recipes for body as well as household and even pets
essential oils to soap, never use them as if they were fragrance oils. They are too potent and could cause a skin problem. Most essential oils should only be used at .5 percent and never higher than .7 percent. When using essential oils in creams or lotions, we suggest you buy a book that tells the percentages that have been tested for each and every essential oil. A great one is Plant Aromatics by Martin Watt (Martin Watt, 1992). Common Essential Oils You Can Use Now let’s take a look at some
the cooking stage to super fat because the saponification process has already used up all the lye. Hot process soap-making does not make as pretty a bar of soap as cold process soap, but it does offer instant gratification! There’s a new way to make hot process soap. You start out with cold process soap, and after pouring the soap into the mold, place it in an oven preheated to 170°F. Allow the soap to cook at this temperature for 4 hours, turn off the heat, and leave the mold in Soap Stats
combined bubbly and creamy lather amounts, at 67, this soap produces loads of lather. This recipe makes a total of 17.11 ounces (485.1 grams) of soap. Here’s what to put in SoapCalc: Weight of Oils Water as % of Oils Super Fat % Fragrance Oz per Lb Distilled water Lye—sodium hydroxide Beef tallow Coconut oil Olive oil Castor oil Fragrance oil 11 ounces 38 8 .7 4.18 ounces (118.503 grams) 1.454 ounces (41.232 grams) 7.92 ounces (224.532 grams) (72%) .88 ounce (24.948 grams) (8%) 1.10
Hair If your hair is only slightly oily, this is the perfect recipe for your type of hair. It has a little more cleansing than the normal hair shampoo but a lot lower cleansing than the oily hair shampoo. This recipe yields 32 ounces (907.2 grams; .945 liters). Here’s what to put in SoapCalc—remember to adjust the Type of Lye used, Weight of Oils, Water as % of Oils, and Super Fat % categories as instructed earlier in this chapter: Weight of Oils Water as % of Oils Super Fat % Castor oil
protect yourself from harm: Safety glasses or a face shield. Any kind of heat-resistant, wrap-around safety goggles will do fine. Stay away from the type of goggles that look similar to eyeglasses as they tend to heat up and fog over, making it impossible to see what you are doing. A full-face shield also works great and isn’t all that expensive. If you wear glasses, the shields are your best choice because you can wear them right over your glasses. Gloves. Latex gloves like the ones dentists