:), I used to be afraid of lye, but then realized that if you aren’t afraid to use bleach then you shouldn’t be afraid of the lye. When you are making soap the idea is to always use more fat than the lye can convert into soap. On the stovetop, melt at low-medium heat. 30 to 50 grams of your favorite essential oils or fragrance oils (you will need a bottle of 30 to 60 milliIitres the equivalent of 1 to 2 fluid ounces). For unusual oils I use FromNaturewithLove, they are expensive though. :) Hi Jenn! I get a lot of the basic ingredients from places like Mountain Rose Herbs, Bramble Berry, Wholesale Supplies Plus, Soap Goods, Essentials by Catalina, and Amazon. Can you use almond milk instead of coconut milk? Does anyone have any idea how to figure the amount of lye is in solution? Hi Jan! I have to wonder if you got a bad batch or something? Please log in again. If you’re a palm-free soaper, look for SFIC’s Clear or White Palm Free Soap Bases at Soap Goods or Wholesale Supplies Plus. I have been making my own soap, bath products, & candles for over 40 yrs. A bit of soap scum look, but easy to clean off tub & shower. Thanks for the site links and information Ex Army Girl! ), Yes, that’s exactly how I view it too! (Scroll down to #4 on the list.) It is the most wonderful soap as it is unadulterated. This would be a great project for middle school kids! :). The goat milk already makes the recipe creamy and rich. :) It sounds like you have made some amazing soaps! Six-bar soap mold (six 5-oz. Hi Melissa! If you have a really high olive oil soap, it usually benefits from waiting longer, in order to get a harder, longer lasting bar. This post – How to Make Herbal Soap Without Handling Lye {melt & pour} – was originally published September, 2013 and updated November, 2019. You can also buy different bases that already have extra moisturizing properties. But with two toddlers in the house, there is no way I could do it while they are awake and when they are asleep I’m usually bone tired and brain dead. Hi Leah, I sure don’t. I read somewhere once that you could gently melt it back to a liquid and pour it into a mold; it will still have the smell and might be clumpy in spots, but it’s still usable. you can’t make bar soap, liquid soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc without lye. Additive and scent at light trace. https://www.amazon.com/shop/thenerdyfarmwife. I am an beginner to just confrom do lye consisting soap would harm skin and environment. Sounds like melt & pour might work out well for you. Keep them in the molds until they’re completely cooled and hardened, 4 to 5 hours. :) But, if you have a few kids that might dump everything in, you can offer up a little formula that they can follow. blocks; use half for this recipe and save the rest for another project) 1 tablespoon chamomile powder (or contents of 3 chamomile tea bags) Soap mold or silicone muffin pan (I thought the star molds were super cute … Happy soaping! Preparation of this recipe is easy. 1 lbs. Some people think that lather must equal bubbles which is why I ask. Thanks for the feedback on wholesale supplies – I will have to check them out! It’s available for order from your favorite local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, and wherever books are sold. I’ve ruined a lot of bases and money :( so frustrating. I just ladle it into a measuring cup and add color, herbs or emollients. I have an example of this technique shown in the Jewelweed Melt & Pour Soap recipe in my article, Preserving & Using Jewelweed. The website thenerdyfarmwife.com, operating under Honey Bee Hill Creatives LLC, is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Yes, coffee grounds are great in soap (I have a coffee and cream recipe coming to the blog this month or next.) =), Thanks Anne-Marie! <3. Will that work or will it ruin the soap base? These came out so pretty too. I saw on a soap making forum that others were using Roebic brand 100% lye crystals {in other words, pure lye} but when I went to Lowe’s {plumbing department} to get it, it was $17 for 2 lbs. I think pretty much all melt and pour soap bases have coconut oil in them though. Would a crock pot liner or turkey roasting bag work to speed clean-up & make it an easier pour into molds? Fill the bottom pot of your double boiler halfway with tap water. :), Hi, I love thus idea but am allergic to soy. Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. The colors really make each one of them pop. (Though I’m working on a post about making soap from scratch without it!). :). Next, add the coconut oil … I have done a lot of experimenting with this base, I add different oils in small quantities & to make it harder I use palm kernel oil. I hope the future batches are better behaved for you! I stumbled on your website and like others, I’m fearful of lye. I’m completely new to this but want to give it a try and go all natural with my skin care products. The company that made it, has already handled the lye and waiting part, so you don’t have to worry about it. I mainly use Shea, Honey, Aloe but I’ve used their Hemp, Clear & White. c. If I use the solution as is, would I measure the lye water in a liquid measure cup or still weigh it like the other ingredients for soap making? However, once it combines with oil, it undergoes a complete transformation and turns into soap and glycerin – which is helpful to your skin. 3. Chop the soap base into large pieces. When it cures let the kids melt it down to make their own herbs and such. This was a good overview for those who are afraid at first to give lye a try. It is essential to do it slowly, stirring the mixture always in the same direction. Hi Kim, I hope you have lots of fun, making your soap! I’m glad that you enjoyed the web site and hope you continue to grow stronger each day! What they don’t tell you is that in M&P soap they have to add additional glycerine to counteract the drying properties of the alcohol used. Can this step be left out? I have found that a crock pot works best for melting a large quantity of base. {;0}, Thanks for the link – will check it out! It’s so safe, your kids can help you! Lye is essential in making soap for it reacts with the other ingredients in the soap to produce the final bar. The information on this site is for idea-sharing only. Now you’ll need to carefully make the lye solution. I feel that you wrote this just for me :-) It answered my “soap base” question and gave me a lot of ideas on how to add beauty (scent & sight). possibly. I’ve made a camouflage cold process soap many times before and I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen a melt & pour version out there. If a complete chicken like myself can now handle lye like a pro, then you should be able to do so too, one day! Lye by itself would be harmful to your skin. If you’re interested in combining natural colorants, essential oils, herbs, and flowers with melt and pour (glycerin) soap base – you’re going to love my new print book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps – just released today! Now, every fat requires a certain amount of lye to turn it into soap. Never had a “bad” batch, the bases are so incredibly versatile and user friendly I am always amazed with what they accept and continue to come out SOAP: cleansing with abundant lather (some people gotta have that lather!) You’ll love it! As am I Jan! Hi Debi! I like how they make it look marble like. I will need enough for about 250 people. Place dry grounds in a covered container until ready to use. Melt your chosen base in a saucepan over low heat or in the microwave. I think if you add anything, it’d have to be in low amounts. This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Making Soap Without Lye, Peppermint and Chamomile Oatmeal Facial Mask, Peppermint and Orange Shea Butter Body Bal, Super Simple Sugar Scrub Recipe + Tips on Customizing Your Scrub, The Ultimate Guide to Making Soap from Scratch, simple cold process soap recipe for beginners, Contain no SLS, SLES, detergents, or parabens, Are made from only natural and naturally-derived ingredients, Includes non-GMO, vegan, RSPO and palm-free options. If you are using ONLY 5 ounces of shea butter for your soap, you will need .61 oz of lye and at least 2 fluid ounces of water for a 5% superfat soap. Love your recipes! When the soap is fully melted, remove the container from the heat. Hopefully someone knowledgeable will see this and chime in! Also known as glycerin soap, melt and pour allows the soap maker to select the desired soap base and customize it to whatever extent they wish. Once melted, add your herbs and oils (about 30 drops essential oil and 1/2 teaspoon herbs per pound of soap base). Start by weighing your ingredients to the right amount and ratio, then combine your liquid oils and set aside. I was afraid too but then realized as long as you respect the lye and work carefully then it’s a snap! The specialty of this butter is that the adulterated version has a higher non-saponifiable content, which is good! Aloe is prized for its ability to soothe itchy, hot or inflamed skin conditions. Hi Inny! As long as you maintain a healthy respect for lye while you are working with it (Proper safety) it is rather safe. Lye is what makes oils soaponify and change from oil to soap. My recipe for my soap paste is 25%: shea butter, mango butter, 92 degree coconut oil, and grape seed oil. I get my base at http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com They have a wide variety of bases including an all natural. I suppose I’m lucky in the fact that my job is in a laboratory and I’m used to working with acids and whatnot that require using caution and personal protective equipment–it’s true though that as long as you’re careful, methodical and don’t rush things that working with lye can be very safe. You can still use it sooner though. Soap m… I do find that the clear base (like I used in this article) leaves my skin feeling a wee bit dry, so I think it’s a great idea to experiment with adding moisturizing ingredients! LOL Not good for working with potentially dangerous ingredients. Mix with the spatula until combined. Allow the hot soap to cool to around 135°F (57°C), stirring occasionally. :). Do lye or melt and soap would harm skin I am saying beacuase I always perferd herbal cosmetics and cream to stay away from chemical substances. Home Made Soap Without Lye Making Soap Without Lye Diy Soap Recipe Without Lye Soap Making Recipes Homemade Soap Recipes Homemade Products Diy Tumblr Diy Soap Easy Diy Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her. Unmold the soaps and wrap them tightly. A friend and I make melt and pour soap on a regular basis. I am very happy that I have run across your site & will be eagerly devouring all aspects of it. 2. SF is around 7% and water is 36-38%. I’m allergic to coconut. I never seem to get the microwave right in terms of time and temp level. When I discovered melt & pour, I was in heaven. With such a large amount that you need to make and the importance of the occasion, I suggest that you write to one of the online suppliers and work directly with them to order exactly what you’ll need. They could also use these as gifts! Combine liquid oils: olive oil and jojoba oil and set aside in a small jar or bowl. Wax paper. Any little bit leftover will come out if you soak your crockpot for a little while. Making soap without lye is done by using a product called ‘melt and pour’ soap. The key to diminish the use of lye is adding glycerin. They all got to take a soap home (in the mold) that they FINALLY got to use a week ago! Thank for the wonderful recipes :) I have a question about packaging though – i have been making melt and pour soaps but since i don’t wrap them in plastic, they get some moisture on them. Yellow: lemon peel powder (1/2 tsp per 4 oz), saffron powder (just a tiny pinch) It includes 50 fun recipes, design tutorials, and lots of helpful information on infusing soap base with herbs and flowers, and usage rates for natural colorants, essential oils, and other ingredients sourced from nature. I’m sorry to hear that – I know that’s frustrating! This homemade shea butter soap recipe is a bit professional. No lye is left in a properly made soap or melt & pour base. d. If I use it as is, would I need to add salt for hard bars? No waste! :). How to make soap without lye Really there is no true lye free soap, because at some point or another lye has been used to create the saponification process. Thanks for the info too on Kirk’s Castile soap – I’ll have to check it out! Unfortunately, it’s hard to save overheated bases. I’m now confused as to what to do…look for, etc. Your email address will not be published. My soap base has been seizing esp when I use clear bases. I have to admit, I’m a cold-process junkie so am not as familiar with the wide spectrum of things you can & can’t do with melt & pour. I have seen quite a few people n my area trying to sell M&P soap as anything but… I look at lye much the same as I do with electricity. Hi Mel! :), Me too – such an addictive & useful hobby! You are being a bit hard on her. Use EO Calc to determine the right amount for your projects. This melt and pour soap diy tells you step by step how to make soap without lye. I do use other sites on occasion also. Hi Kathy! I buy all my soap bases from Bramble Berry and have for 3yrs. Thanks for sharing your tip Crosswind! Or what is making it not lather? While the soap heats, stir the arrowroot powder and aloe vera gel together until it’s very smooth, using a spoon to press out any lumps. The oils in the recipe start reacting immediately with the lye to make soap when they combine. Take the plunge and make some soap, yes with lye. Only a tiny bit at most. The melt end pour method is by far one of the easiest and the safest way to make soap without lye. (I haven’t tried that myself though.) :) I suggest that you browse through http://www.soapqueen.com. Let’s start with melt and pour… Melt and Pour Soap Base (MP) MP is touted as the easiest way to make soap without lye. Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a small pan on the stove until just melted and set aside. Thanks. However, if you want to make your own soaps without having to work with lye, you can use a melt-and-pour base or you can rebatch soap . Friends, family, restaurants, or maybe even your church, I would hazard a guess one collection from any listed source would be more than enough for a batch as a trial for those non-coffee drinkers out there. Keep them in the molds until they’re completely cooled and hardened, 4 to 5 hours. Here’s how to make glycerin or melt and pour soap without lye. All of the soap bases I’ve seen contain soy protein do you know of any that don’t? Thanks for the kind words! How to Make Herbal Liquid Soap from Scratch {+ recipes}. Blue: indigo powder or woad powder (1/8 to 1/4 tsp per 4 oz). I love wholesale supplies plus too-they have a great list of all natural melt and pour soap bases which I use. I promise!! This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap. I absolutely agree; lye can be very safe when handled properly. However, it is very caustic and can burn living tissue such as skin in its raw form. I add different butters, oils, botanicals, herbs, powders, aromatherapy, premium aroma oils … salts sugars seeds, veggie & fruit powders for coloring … the possibilities are endless. What about used coffee grounds? Have fun making your soap! Some links in this article are affiliate links. So I’m going to try this myself. Many Thanks! Heat over medium-low heat until the soap is almost melted, 15 to 25 minutes, then lower the heat to low and infuse for an additional 20 minutes. shea butter melt and pour soap base (soap base comes in 2 lbs. Yes, you are not seeing things, I actually said BRUSH TEETH. Those who aren’t palm-free may enjoy the somewhat more moisturizing SFIC’s Goat Milk, Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter soap bases from one of those aforementioned places or Bulk Apothecary or Bramble Berry. Log in, « How To Make Oatmeal and Honey Goat Milk Soap Without Lye, Rosehip and Evening Primrose DIY Anti-Aging Facial Cream ». *Please note this recipe will make a soap with very little bubbles. :). :). Pour the soap into the mould, tap on a hard surface gently to level off or do it with the spatula. (SFIC bases rank high in my eyes because their motto is: “As natural as we can make it” which appeals to my crunchy side, plus their bases feel nice on my skin.). Kirk’s Castile CoCo Original soap—also comes in unscented—is a standalone with NO NEED to alter it in ANY way!! The problem is that if you do not want to handle lye then you can not make soap from scratch. Store them in a cool, dry place. If you’ve never made soap before, check out my Soapmaking 101 article for more information and safety tips. Thank you for your patience with me & my lengthy post. I only added couple of ingredients that will increase the consistency and shelf life of the shea butter soap. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kirk’s. Even if adding liquid soap did help, that sure is a lot of trouble for you to go through for something that’s supposed to be quick & easy! But in this case, do we have to wait until using the bar soaps? The alcohol helps pop or dissolve any little bubbles on the surface of the soap. :), This is kind of new to me but really looking into getting started so thanks for much for sharing your info. This keeps the process completely safe. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending a customer their way. I love the idea of homemade soap favors! ), or it could be the brand of soap base. The additional oils can throw the mixture out of balance and either run the batch or make the bars super soft. do you have any suggestions for me ? Thank you in advance. Can I just use this lye solution in place of re-hydrating lye crystals & NOT add water called for in the lye calculators? In a heatproof 4-cup (1-L) glass measuring container, combine the aloe vera powder, spirulina, water, aloe soap base and shea butter soap base. Without these ingredients, your recipe will perfectly work. In fact, I am strictly a “From-Scratch” soap maker. There’s also the “I made this all by myself!” cool factor. I heard that it changes. Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. Carefully pour the melted soap base into the molds and spray it with alcohol. However, until you’re ready, or if you just aren’t interested into that kind of soap making – I’m here to tell you how to create your own unique herbal soaps, without handling the lye part. Here is an introduction to making soap includes without lye ( Melt & Pour and Cold process) Article by Smartpennieslife. Learn how to incorporate herbs, flowers, essential oils, and other natural ingredients into melt and pour soap base, no handling of lye required! I taught my 1st CP soapmaking class last month. If the reviews are good for the product, then perhaps it’s just a bad batch; I’ve also heard of that occasionally happening even with good suppliers. I followed your instructions for a 5% superfat. Paring knife or damp cloth. So you want to make your own soap but you don’t want to handle Lye! I’ve tried Refined A Olive OIl but have gone back to Costco’s Kirkland Pure Olive OIl – it’s the lightest in color and not a blend. You can get some on Amazon too (free shipping!) (And when my children were little I’d make my soap at naptime. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Melt & pour base has no active lye left in it, and neither will properly made homemade soap. To make shea butter soap, put on gloves and goggles and mix your lye with distilled water. :). This is my personal favorite. Hi Marcayla! I’d also like to share a recipe from my new print book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. I will eventually bye lye & then see which makes the better soap product in the end. It will be winter soon here in the mountains, so while I would love to be able to evaporate off the liquid, not sure I will be able to. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter … Possibly the most often expressed sentiment I hear when it comes to soap making, goes something like: That is a completely justified fear and one that I shared for a very long time. I hope this overview will be a nice gateway into helping others get more comfortable with the idea of making soap in general, and that some will gain the confidence to try cold process soap (my favorite method!) Thx for sharing ly-free soap tips. Soap melt and pour is easy to make in about 10 minutes at home. I teach middle school Family and Carreer at a small Christian school. up to 3 teaspoons total of additives such as oatmeal, poppy seeds, dried spices, cosmetic clay, honey, etc.). Try it! I’m sure I could do it if I read up on it enough and had the right equipment. is it true One place to try is brambleberry.com – they have such nice customer service that if you did run into a problem, I think they’d be a lot more helpful than the place you purchased your product from. The difference comes in whether YOU handle the lye or you PAY SOMEONE ELSE to handle the lye for you. Yellow soap-safe dye. Hi Lynn, I’m so sorry that you’ve been ill, but am happy to know that you’re feeling better! I used soap calc for my recipe via your instructions. Can I still add more oils to the melt and pour soap base? The melt & pour method though is fun for kids to help with, no matter what age. Have you looked into Biolefin biodegradable shrink wrap? Hi Carmela! Where do you get all of your basic ingredients (aloe Vera, Shea butter etc.)? The amounts given are for 4 ounces of soap base: Green:  French green clay (1/2 tsp per 4 oz), chlorella powder (1/8 tsp per 4 oz) Hi Ann, I’ve never ran into that before. b. I have a few questions in regards to using the lye water resulting from the process in #3. The only main difference I can think of is in what types of items they carry, probably vary. I also find I like HP soaping as it is no longer caustic after it goes through gel phase and is ready to use immediately though I do try to wait a week or two. Make sure pets and small children are not in the room and always wear goggles and waterproof gloves. Step 2 Grate your castile soap until you have 2 cups. The login page will open in a new tab. Place it on the stove top and heat on low. I showed them how to make castile w/ oatmeal & honey. Thanks again!! I am making homemade soaps for favors to be given away at my Granddaughter’s wedding. Put it in your Pyrex and melt it in the microwave or in a double boiler over low heat. It was for a Naturally Healing class. I love the price and quality of the items. One question; I have seen when some people make soap from scratch they mention having to wait six weeks before using the soap, even six months (not sure which one is better). Pour the melted soap into a large, heat resistant bowl, and mix in finely ground oats. Re: Soap in a crockpot with a liner/roasting bag – it’s not really that hard to clean out once it has cooked. I think my classes would really enjoy making these soaps…..even the boys! Don’t be fooled by misleading terms. Do you have a link to an image where you saw one? I am so happy I came across your post on fb!! Goat milk soap recipes need little shea butter if at all. Thanks a lot! Allow the hot soap to cool to around 135°F (57°C), stirring occasionally. My “go-to” recipe also uses Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Sodium Lactate @ 1tsp/ppo. By the way, coffee grounds are essential in making homemade geode type crafts as well. She was simply letting people know that you can make soap without working with lye yourself. I plan to make and sell soaps now but i cannot figure out a way to keep the moisture away without using plastic. Hi Petra! However, the moment you get complacent is when it get dangerous. You’d have to establish some sort of standardized alkalinity in order to get the results you want, but that is way beyond anything I’ve dealt with! Hi Becky, There is no milk mentioned in this post, so I’m not quite sure how to answer that. Thanks for the information Daniel! f. I think someplace while researching this homemade lye process I saw that lime could be added as a catalyst (?) bars.) If you check with the people at BrambleBerry.com (or wherever you buy your base) they should be able to let you know more of what you can and can’t add to their different formulas. and thanks for referring Berry store. Hi tirrell! I wish I could find one that is soy free and palm free – but so far, no luck! Hi Sheila, Thank you for all of the great resource ideas! Thanks so much again!!! All soap is glycerine soap; as glycerine is a byproduct of the soap making process. This is something I can do now and try making soap from scratch when the kids are older. I was worried at first too and thought for sure I’d do something wrong. 500g of olive oil (pomace) requires 67.7g of lye, whereas 500g of lard requires 70.5g of lye. Try experimenting with herbs, sea salts, sugar scrubs, fun prizes hiding inside the soap, and lots of skin enhancing ingredients. I LOVE Bramble Berry’s products as well. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Something you could do, is just offer up a selection of materials and let them come up with their own unique recipes. The next step in making homemade oatmeal soap is to add 85 ml of lye in the plastic container and let it cool for one hour. It doesn’t lather or it doesn’t bubble up? Sorbitol is an alcohol used to lower the soap’s melting point. Rebatching soap involves grating and melting a pure soap, adding colors, herbs, scents and other additives to make a unique soap, and then pouring the mixture into soap molds to cure. It was so much fun. I hope others will learn as much from both of you as I have today. You can find good bases out there, just look and understand the ingredients. Keep up the good work! Use a scale (weight) to measure the oils, butters, wax, lye (sodium hydroxide), water, and glycerin. Using Shea Butter in Soap Making Recipes. I didn’t know that it would become a huge hobby of mine!! This article will hopefully give you further information: http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/why-use-lye-in-soap.aspx. The lather can be creamy, thick or thin, bubbly or a bit of both and some where in between. Other than that, it’s a good project. :). I’ll give the a try Thanks!! Can be used on face, body, hair & you can even brush your teeth with it. Place the container in a saucepan containing a few inches (at least 5 cm) of water, forming a makeshift double boiler. So.finding your web site was a great joy!Thanks. Sorry. Lye is … She has sooooo many great ideas! Shea butter can be added from-scratch to any soap recipe, though adjustments need to be made based on the other ingredients. Does anyone know if this is correct & the amount needed if it is? 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