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How to Make Natural Soap – Simple Recipe
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Welcome to my 'How to Make Natural Soap' post!

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Frequent use of mainstream soaps poses health risks to us and the environment. As a result, many people are now turning towards homemade and natural alternatives.

Learn how to make natural soap at home with ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. This adaptable recipe can be made for different skin types.

As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives. 

These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green. 

Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green! 

Dangerous Mainstream Soaps

Do you know why you should not use commercial soaps? Well, most commercial soaps contain parabens which are chemical preservatives that can damage your skin. Most commercial soaps also contain Phthalates, which can cause skin cancer.

Also, manufacturers use petrochemicals in skincare products such as soaps and shampoos. Such products are not safe for long term use. Artificial coloring and synthetic perfume scents are linked to hormonal issues and allergies in both women and men.

These issues are even more concerning for children. Children are more susceptible to chemicals and their side effects.

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The Solution: Natural Soap

 On the other hand, you can use natural or homemade soap to protect yourself from harmful chemicals that can cause serious damages to your health. Natural soap contains essential oils and nutrients that not only give you the desired hygiene but also keep you healthy and away from harmful chemicals.

Safe Ingredients

There are a variety of different ingredients that can be used to make natural soap. For example, oatmeal, aloe vera, and honey are organic and biodegradable ingredients commonly used when you make natural soap.

Organic and biodegradable ingredients are safer for your body and the environment. They promote global health and sustainability. They are less likely to cause reactions and long term health effects.

Companies that make natural soaps harvest, produce, or source these ingredients is a conscious and safe way, benefiting the environment, their workers, and you the consumer.

Meet Your Specific Needs

Do you have sensitive skin or need extra moisturizing effect? One of the greatest personal benefits of making your soap is that you can choose the ingredients you use. There are so many ingredients and recipes available online and most of them can be adapted to meet your specific needs.

For example, healthy oils are important ingredients in natural soap and are useful for people who have acne or oil-prone skin. Some examples include jojoba oil, argan oil, and CBD oils. Grape seed oil, coconut oil, and olive oil moisturize and nourish your skin. They are also helpful in bringing back the PH to its normal levels.

Natural Ingredients are Easy

Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of a bottle of shampoo or a box of soap? The list of chemicals is extensive and I can not even begin to pronounce half of them, let alone understand what they are or what they do.

The information about them can be found online but this takes extensive and careful research. most of these chemicals are relatively new to the market and derived from technological advancements in the industrial revolution. Because these chemicals are relatively young, the research available on them is limited.

Unlike chemicals, a consumer can easily get their head around the usefulness of natural ingredients and determine better reasons for using them in homemade soap. These ingredients have been around for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, we know their effects and whether or not they are safe to use.

Cost-effective

The majority of recipes for making homemade natural soap use ingredients that can be commonly found in your home. This means that you do not need to go crazy at the store buying a hundred new things. Simple have a look through your cupboards and see what you have.

If you do have to buy something, it is likely going to be cost-effective because the product is cheap and can be used over and over again.

Excellent Gifts

I like to make a big batch of soap bars near Christmas time and give them as gifts to my family. This is a cheap and personalized gift that has a relatively low carbon footprint.

Plus, people always prefer a gift that you have taken time to make. I too hate spending hours and hours shopping in stores trying to find the right gift for somebody.

How to Make Natural Soap

The making of soap involves a basic chemical reaction between oils or fats and lye. This process is called saponification and is the heart of soap making. This word translates to "turning into soap" and derives from the Latin word 'Sapo'.

When you carefully choose a combination of quality essential oils, adding your favorite fragrance, and swirl them together in a lively colorant, you make a charming soap that most commercial soaps cannot even compete with.

Equipment

The basic equipment you need for making a natural soap are gloves, face mask, protective eyewear, stainless steel thermometer, hand blender, mixing bowls, stainless steel pot, measuring spoons and cups, silicone spatula, parchment paper, soap mold, and towel.

Most of us will have these ingredients at home but if you are looking to purchase anything listed you can get them here.

Ingredients

You need olive oil, coconut oil, coffee, lye (sodium hydroxide), oat bran, and coffee grounds.

Step 1: Measure 8.5 oz. coconut oil using a kitchen scale. Measure 12.5 oz. olive oil in bowl no.1 and 8 oz. coffee in the bowl no.2. Similarly, use a third bowl to measure 3.5 oz. Lye. Then, measure out 1/3 cup oat bran and 1 tablespoon coffee grounds in bowl no.4. Set aside.

Step 2: Put on all protective great and make sure to use an area, which is well-ventilated. Then, add the lye (sodium hydroxide) to the coffee and keeping string until it is dissolved. (Note: you must add lye to liquid only).

Adding lye to coffee will start a chemical reaction. The mixture will get hot. So, set aside. Make sure your gloves remain on. However, you can remove your face mask and eyewear at this point.

Step 3: Use low heat to melt the coconut oil so that there are no solid remains. Next, add olive oil to it. Check the temperature of these oils using a stainless steel thermometer. Then, compare the temperature with that of the lye solution. Adjust until they are within 100 and 110 degrees.

Step 4: Pour the sodium hydroxide solution into the oils. Use a stick or hand blender to emulsify until the solution or mixture starts to thicken. Check whether the texture is resembling pudding.

If it is, you are on the right track. The process will take 8-12 minutes with a stick blender. Once you see that the soap has thickened, stir in the oat bran and coffee grounds with stainless steel spatula or spoon.

Step 5: This step involves pouring the mixture into a soap mold. Moreover, it is important to lift and tap the mold – especially against the counter a couple of times to release bubbles.

Next is the process of insulation. You can do this by covering it with parchment paper and then wrapping the mold with a towel.

Step 6: After 36-48 hours, you need to remove the towel. Take the soap out of the mold. Cut the soap into bars if needed. Keep them in a well-ventilated and cool area for four weeks.

The soap is ready to use, enjoy!

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Promoting Safe Practice

Although green and natural products are known to be a safer option, it is always good to ensure safe practice. Whenever you use a new product, it is always good to do a patch test. This involves using the product on a small area of your skin and allowing time to see if you have any reactions.

This is particularly important if you have decided to add essential oils to the soap. Essential oils react with one another in different ways. So be sure you do your research before using multiple oils or use pre-made blends. I always recommend the use of 100% pure essential oils as this guarantees no additives such as fragrances which have negative effects on our health.

Make sure that utensils or containers that come in contact with Lye are not used for cooking or eating. You should only use them for making soaps in the future.

How to Make Natural Soap: The Final Verdict!

Using mainstream soaps poses some personal and environmental health risks. The solution is to use natural soaps and if you are willing to learn how to make soap you will be able to make the most of the advantages this process provides.

When you make your own soap you can save money, choose ingredients that best suit your personal needs, and have a smaller carbon footprint. I personally like to make them as gifts for people too.

if you have any questions or comments please get in touch as I will be more than happy to assist you!


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Reader Comments

  1. I always wanted to find out how to make a natural based soap. Now i can come back again to refer. Very informative and detail process and tools needed to make soup.

    I have skin issue, maybe because of the soap i use.

    Thanks again

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      Many people have skin issues from using a chemical product. I wish you the very best with making your own soap at home. If you have any questions, feel free to ask as I am always here to help you.

    2. Hi Jonathan, many people suffer from skin problems from using chemical products. I wish you the very best in making your own products at home. If you have any questions during this process please just reach out to me as I am always here to assist you.

  2. Hi Catharine,

    Thank you so much for the recipe to make my own soaps. That was what I was searching for. My boyfriend is very eager on healthy bio soaps and I’d like to make them ourselves.
    From the ingredients you mentioned, you said Lay is essential and also that we can’t use the mixer and bowls for other things than making soap. What is ley exactly? Why did you add this warning?
    I hope we can start making our own Healthy Soaps very soon.

    Loven Nanda

    1. Hi Nanda,
      Lye is sodium hydroxide. This ingredient is not safe for human consumption. If the Lye comes in contact with any of the cooking utensils you use while making soap (e.g. the mixing bowl), do not use this bowl for cooking in the future.
      I hope this helps.

  3. Hey, Catherine!
    I really enjoyed your post. This is right up my alley. We try and make our own products as much as we can. We make our own laundry soap, fabric softener, toothpowder and mouth rinse. This is something I need to be trying. I’ve never thought of making our own soap, which is puzzling since we make the others. Do you have any variations of this soap recipe? And do you have any shampoo recipes to share?

    1. Hi Lynn, I am pleased that you enjoyed the post and am so impressed by how creative you are being at home. here is a variation of ingredients to use:

      Lard
      Coconut, olive, and castor oil
      Cocoa and shea butter
      Lye
      Water
      Essential oil
      Gold and brown mica

      Please click here to read an article about making your own shampoo.

  4. Wow! This is a very detailed article on this subject — thank you! I used to see homemade soaps at craft fares all the time, and I envied the sellers a little because they had such talent. I’d much rather make my own soap than buy it off the shelf as well.

    I am really looking forward to trying this “recipe” for myself!

    Thanks again. 🙂

  5. Hi Catherine,
    Great post and thanks so much for sharing this easily and efficient way of making homemade soap. Not to mention the invaluable health benefits to our body, skin, and the environment.
    Being raised In Africa, I know the difference to my skin after living in the US.
    I hope your post reached out to everyone and they start making the small change gradually like you mentioned.

    1. I too noticed a change after first using products in the US and decided to switch back to as many natural alternatives as possible.
      I am pleased you enjoyed it.

  6. I have removed all food containing chemicals from my diet and follow a low-fat whole-food plant-based diet (and feel wonderful), so my next step should be to follow your advice here and pay attention to what I put on my body as well.

    How long do these bars last?

    Thanks for the information. I have been to your blog before and appreciate your mission.

    thanks, Brian

    1. Hi Brian,

      These bars actually have a tendency to last longer than mainstream soap bards which are designed to last shorter periods of time, encouraging you to spend more money.
      I am pleased that you have taken to a healthy diet and I look forward to hearing about your transition to healthy personal care products.

  7. Hi Catherine,

    I love this article since I love to DIY something for my daily life, especially something natural and healthy, just like hand-made soaps. I have sensitive skin, so I will have a rash or allergy after using a chemical soap. By your step by step information, it seems not very difficult to make the soaps, and I felt quite surprised that you put coffee in the production. May I know the reason for adding coffee and coffee grounds?

    Cheers,
    Matt

  8. Several years ago I started looking for natural soaps and shampoos instead of the mainstream popular brands that we are used to seeing on the shelves. I have never made my own and not sure I ever will, but I definitely prefer the natural options.
    Your article sheds much light on why we should either make our own or at the very least support someone that does make it and provides a service and a way to get our hands on such a wonderful product.

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