A must read for Beginner Soapmakers.
During making my first batch of homemade soap I got pre-occupied when my cold process soap started trying to harden in my pot like hot process soap. I forgot to add my herbs and essential Oil when I had to unexpectally pour my soap in my mold.
Making homemade soap is fun and an rewarding project. Before making homemade soap you should have the proper tools. I did not have a themometer with my first batch of homemade soap. Some how I over looked that the lye and water solution and oils should cool down around 100 degrees before blending them together. Both the lye solution and oils were hotter than they should have been.
Everything was going well, I thought. Then my soap started thickening very quickly to the point I believed I was making hot process soap. Mistake number three is where I realized mistakes number one and two. Mistake number one in my homemade soap making was, not paying attention to the directions. Mistake number two was not having two themometers, one for the oils and one for the lye solution. Mistake number three of course was adding my lye solution and oils to hot. Using a stick blender also sped up the mixing process.
You need to be patients when making homemade soap. After pouring my soap mixture into my soap mold, I wondered what went wrong. Reading the directions again showed I had mixed my oils and lye solution to hot. I read up on how to rebatch soap. One way was in the microwave. I shredded a small amount of the soap when it had not set long enough because I was impatient. I placed it in the microwave and fried it.
Luckly it was only a small amount of my batch of soap. Things came up and I had to wait to rebatch the saop. By the time I was able to rebatch my soap, it had set a couple weeks which made it harder to shred. I did finally get it completed and all turned out fine. I made another batch of homemade soap. I had every tool needed and was going to use a large knife to cut it after the 24 hour setting time. This was a larger batch of homemade soap and using my knife seemed to be messing the soap up. So I decided to order a soap cutter instead of ruining my soap. Plus other things came up and I did’nt get to cut the soap when I wanted to. The soap was very hard to cut with the cutter. Everything turned out good with my two batches of homemade soap. Here are my recommendation for making homemade soap.
- Read the directions carefully!
- Think about what you need before buying anything. You need a stainless steal pot, plastic measuring cups that hold up to the heat that the lye and water solution reaches, Plastic spoons, a stick blender or you stir manually which takes longer, two themometers one for the oils and one for the lye solution, a kitchen scale to weigh ingredients, small containers to hold your weighed herbs or essential oils, a soap mold and proper soap cutter for the size mold you are using. A slab mold needs a soap cutter for slab soap, a soap recipe, ingredients, gloves and goggles. Always wear your protection equitment and cover counter tops.
- When making cold process soap, allow the lye solution and oils to cool down around 100 degrees F. before mixing them together. They both should be the same temperature when mixed together.
- Always add your lye to your water, to prevent valcanic reaction.
- Always add your lye solution into oils.
- Read up on lye. Use it properly.
With all that went wrong for me on making my homeade soap. I enjoyed it and will continue making homemade soap. Soap making is in deed rewarding hobby.