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Soap Making Recipe ... Easy and Fast!

Soap making is an easy and fun craft hobby. But soap making can be a great part- time business. Many folks pull in an extra thousand or two a month with a part-time venture.

What's the appeal of handcrafted soap? Commercial soaps are usually drying and many are actually synthetic detergents. Your kitchen crafted soap can work better. It has a special, moisturizing luxury feel. Plus you have the option of customizing it with different ingredients ... especially scents in literally infinite variety.

This gives you a basic recipe and the instructions to put it all together.

Our specialty is milk soap. We made over 30,000 bars of soap like this in our kitchen sink over a four-year period. We sold all that soap at craft shows and festivals and through our own catalog. Though you can make soap using water instead of milk, you'll like the milk soap better ... guaranteed!

Lightly Lavender Milk Soap Recipe

  • 11.3 ounces (320 grams) Coconut Oil
  • 11.7 ounces (330 grams) Palm Oil
  • 19.4 ounces (550 grams) Olive Oil
  • 6.1 ounces (175 grams) Sodium Hydroxide
  • 15.5 ounces (440 grams) Whole Milk
  • 2 1/3 Tablespoons Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil ( or almond oil )

Now for some "inside information". To make any soap, you mix fats and an alkali or lye. All soap is made that way. The cured product is harmless. You can brush your teeth with it. You can even eat it. It won't hurt you!

But the lye and the uncured soap mixture are very caustic. It will burn your skin. It will blind you if it gets in your eyes! You absolutely must wear goggles when you make soap and it's best to wear rubber gloves and long sleeves too.

Equipment You'll Need

  • 2 Stainless Steel Pans
  • 1 Plastic Pan
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Thermometer (90-200 degree F Range)
  • Scale For Weighing Material
  • Molds For Soap (Plastic Tub?)
  • Hand Held Stick Blender (Optional)

Soap Making Step-by-Step

1. Weigh oils and combine in stainless steel pan.

2. Heat slowly until everything melts. Cool to about 110 degrees. Do not include the scent oil or the small amount of olive oil.

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