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Have you ever wanted to make your own “personalized” soap using your favorite herbs? We’ve just discovered a great tutorial!
There are a few methods of making soap and this one is called “cold process” – meaning, obviously, that no heat is required.
It’s important to note that soap making is not the easiest DIY recipe out there. I would call it somewhat ‘advanced’ – not because you need some esoteric herbal knowledge, but because you need to be able to measure ingredients very accurately (using a digital scale), and because you will need to be diligent and impeccable with safe practices owing to the materials you will be handling. There’s some actual chemistry going on when soap is made so you will need to be “scientific” about it.
The tutorial is really well put together and includes the essential safety tips. This part is really important because soap making requires the use of Lye, which is a caustic ingredient. So, this tutorial is not advised for kids (sorry) – also you will need safety goggles and rubber gloves because you really don’t want to get it in your eyes or on your skin. You will also need to use a well-ventilated area as fumes are given off – and it is advisable to have a set of utensils that are dedicated to this purpose, so that they don’t get used for anything else.
One of the great benefits of making your own soap is that you can use your favorite essential oils and skin oils. The tutorial gives you first the “plain” recipe, and then leads you on to how to make the custom blends.
Here, then is the full tutorial: http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/soap-making-101-making-cold-process-soap/
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