Soap Making Ideas: Making Homemade Moisturizing Soap With Lotion

This homemade soap with lotion requires no melting of fats and is made using your kitchen blender. Soap is rich, creamy and buoyant.

This homemade soap with lotion requires no melting of fats and is made using your kitchen blender. Soap will be hard, rich, creamy and buoyant. Recipe yields approximately 6 average size bars.

Supplies:

Any household blender

An accurate digital kitchen scale to weight the fats and lye

One heatproof container that holds at least 8 cups (pyrex, tupperware, glass, stainless steel)

One plastic, wooden, or stainless steel spoon or a rubber spatula

Eye protection - (preferably goggles)

Rubber or latex gloves

Soap molds (I use my favorite candy or candle molds)

NOTE: You can also use a brownie/cake pan sprayed with Pam

Ingredients:

1-cup cold milk

1-cup cold tap water

2.2 oz weight crystal or powder lye (sodium hydroxide)

NOTE: Lye is a chemical compound that is highly alkaline and needs very little moisture to produce a serious burn. The moisture in your skin is enough to make lye react. If you should get lye on your bare skin do not flush it with water. Neutralize the lye with vinegar.



8 oz weight cocoa butter (lotion or cream)

5 oz weight palm oil (vegetable ghee)

3 oz weight soybean oil

.075 weight lanolin (lotion or cream)

1-tablespoon essential oil (your favorite fragrance)

Colorant (optional)

Dissolving The Lye:

Wearing rubber gloves and eye protection:

Pour the cold water into your heatproof container. Stirring the water, slowly add the lye a little at a time. The water will bubble up, get very hot and turn cloudy. Try not to breathe the fumes. Continue to stir until the lye is dissolved. Let cool until the solution is clear.

NOTE: It is important to pour the lye into the water, not the other way around.

Next:

Carefully pour the oil, milk and then the lye solution into the blender.

Lock the blender in position and secure the cover. (I always put a towel over the top of the blender just to be safe.)

Process at the lowest speed possible until it appears to be thickening.

Stop the blender and wait a few seconds to let the trapped air at the top "burp". Do this each time you stop the blender. Remove the cover and check for what is called a thin-trace stage. This is when the soap mixture just begins to thicken and running a spoon or spatula thru it leaves a trace. If it doesn't trace, replace the cover and blend again. At the thin trace stage, stop blending and stir the soap to allow bubbles to escape.

Next:

Add essential oils and colorants. Blend for a few seconds and then stop the blender. Stir the mixture to release air bubbles again.

Finally:

Pour the soap into individual molds. Cover with a towel or blanket. Let the soap set for a day or two before you pop it out of the molds. It may still feel a bit warm. This means the lye is still reacting.

Let soap age for at least three weeks after you remove it from the mold to allow the lye to finishes reacting. The soap will be hard and feel room temperature or cool to the touch. It is now ready to use.

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