How to Make Soap

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Soapmaker Karen Danella demonstrates how to make cold-process soap at home. This soap uses skin-moisturizing shea butter and is environmentally friendly.

    Karen Danella: Hello and welcome, my name is Karen Danella with Cedarwood Soaps. Today I am going to show you how to make soap. I am going to show you how to line the mold, talk about safety issues with lye, mix the oils together, and I will show you how to clean up and then cut the soap.

    The tools and ingredients that we will be using today are a wooden mold that you pour the soap into, lined with Freezer Paper. We have a plastic bowl for mixing the lye and the oils together. We have a plastic pitcher for the lye and the water and we have a spoon to mix that with and we have a flat spatula for scraping the soap into the mold. We have our stick blender to mix the oil and the lye together to form a trace. You don't want to use your stick blender, your pitcher or any of your utensils here, for anything else other than soap making.

    So I would suggest, just putting a label on them. Just make sure your kids know that these are for soap-making only and put them away in a safe place where children and pets can not get to them. We have our rubber gloves and goggles for safety as well. We have our pre-measured oils and we have a scale for measuring the oils and the lye, and we have our additives. We have a thermometer for measuring the temperature of the lye and the oils. We also have a miter box for slicing the soap, when it's ready to be sliced.

    Most of these items you can find online. The mold was made for me by a local carpenter, but you can buy it anywhere online and most of the other items you can find at either Kmart or Target like the bowl, the pitcher, the blending stick, the ingredients, the additives like the essential oils, and the digital scale you can get that online too. There are safety issues, when making soaps. So let's go over this, you want to make sure that you have your children and pets clear off the area and you want to wear your safety goggles because the lye can burn your eyes and you want to make sure that you have some rubber gloves. Okay, let me tell you a little bit about myself, I graduated from Von Lee International School Of Aesthetics, I worked as a skincare consultant and makeup artist for several years. I have always been interested in natural products and caring for my skin. So here I am making my own natural soap, today.