Sud Wars by Rogue Universe
I decided recently that I wanted to try and make soap. I had been to a few farmers markets and little shops recently, and wanted to try to make my own , but with a twist, Fandom Inspired Soap.
I did a lot of research of this before I decided to test it. Soap comes with one dangerous ingredient; Lye.
A lye is a liquid metal hydroxide obtained by leaching ashes, or a strong alkali which is highly soluble in water producing caustic basic solutions.
I know this sounds scary, but honestly as long as you know not to breathe in the fumes, wear protective gloves, and don't get it on your skin ( if you get it on your skin put vinegar on the wound) you should be fine.
*** Also when mixing make sure to pour the lye in the water, not the other way around or you can cause a explosion***
I found a few tutorials that were simple enough and taught how to make the simplest of homemade soaps.
My test consisted of 3.14 oz. Lye, 6.83 oz. Distilled Water, 24.4 oz. Coconut oil, and essential oils.
I used a stainless steel bowl to mix the lye and distilled water in , because it gets extremely hot . When mixing at first the fumes hit you and the water turns a milky white, keep stirring until the water gets really close to clear again.
Then in another stainless steel bowl have your oil ready with the essential oils, and pour in the water/lye mix in with the oil.
I used peppermint and Lemon essential oil. The fragrance was wonderful.
Stir this for about 5-6 minutes until it comes to trace. Trace is when the raw soap begins to thicken.
Once it gets to trace, pour the soap into your molds and leave for 24 hours.
After 24 Hours, take your soaps out of the mold and let them Cure.
Curing - The soap is removed from the mold. Natural Cold Process soap needs to slowly "cure" over time. Allowing soap to naturally air cure up to 9 weeks. During the first two weeks of curing, the saponification process is completed.
Soap is generally safe to use about 3 days to a week later, but it will be soft and dissolve a lot faster in water. A lot of makers cure soaps for a minimum of 3 weeks in a room .The longer they age, the milder they get because there are still chemical reactions going on.
Four Weeks Later...
My Test of the Coconut Oil Soap with Lemon and Peppermint is that it definitely left my hands feeling clean and refreshed. I was very pleased with how this bar of soap turned out.
I've been using the soap bar for a month now, and it's still got it's shape! I believe where I've made the bar out of the Coconut , after used it dries the soap, making it not a mushy mess. It still has the scent as well!