Soaps and stuff

Olive Oil Soap

 Really easy to make as long as you follow instructions carefully, and also fun. I always feel a sense of achievement having made my soap.  It is also very nice to not have to buy it and know it’s a really good quality soap.  When dealing with lye make sure you wear gloves. If you are asking the question: Do you use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make this soap? Isn’t it poisonous? Is it Dangerous? The truth is:  Without Lye one cannot make proper soap.   Real soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with water) Once the process of saponification is finished, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. While all real soap must be made with lye, no lye remains in the finished product after saponification and the soap is made. Read Ingredients to keep you better informed: All commercial soaps are made with Lye, it may not mention the word Lye on the list of ingredients but it will mention one of the descriptions below:
  • saponified oils: oils and butters are mixed with sodium hydroxide and a liquid (usually water).
  • sodium cocoate: the generic name for the mixture of coconut oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium palmate: the generic name for the mixture of palm oil with sodium hydroxide (lye). 
  • sodium palm kernelate: the generic name for the mixture of palm kernel oil with sodium hydroxide (lye). 
  • sodium tallowate: the generic name for the mixture of beef fat (tallow) with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium olivate: the generic name for the mixture of olive oil with sodium hydroxide (lye). 
Ingredients:  700g Palm Kernel Oil 200g Olive Oil 100g Coconut Oil 140g Caustic Soda  

Just made and setting in the soap mould


Soap is ready and cut.

Heat Palm kernel, Olive and Coconut Oils slowly to melt together and cool until 45 °C. In a separate container, add caustic soda to 320 tap water. Be careful not to allow mixture to contact skin or eyes. When caustic soda has cooled down to 45 °C pour into Oil mix.  (Take note: Both have to be 45 °C when added together) Now would be the time to add in any herbs or aromatic oils you desire.  If using essential oil add in 35ml.  (Never add essential oils to hot liquid as it will evaporate being so volatile)  And whizz with a stick blender in                                               the same direction.

Wooden Soap Moulds 60 cm x 7 cm. Makes 20 x 150 gram soaps

Pour into clean moulds (Use plastic/wood – NOT stainless steel moulds). Leave to set for 8 hours and then can be cut if in a long mould. Soap should be given 6 weeks to harden but can be used before.  Just means it’s softer.