If you’re looking for a fun way to make soap that is gentle on the skin, then learn how to make soap without lye. While lye is an essential ingredient in soap, it’s also a caustic element that can irritate sensitive skin, plus it if handled incorrectly by a novice soap maker, it can cause skin burns, scarring and other damage. Making soap without lye is a creative alternative to store bought soap, allowing you to use a number of oils and herbal ingredients to create special scented soaps and use molds to create intricate designs.
What you’ll need:
- Double boiler
- Glycerin block
- Utility knife
- Essential oils
- Soap molds
- Food coloring
- Large stirring spoon
- Prepare the glycerin. Using your knife, cut the glycerin block to the desired amount and place it in the double boiler.
- Melt the glycerin. Melt the glycerin until it becomes a clear liquid. Do not bring the glycerin to a boil. After the glycerin is melted, remove the top pot and place it on a heated pad.
- Add coloring and oils. Add a few drops of food coloring into the liquid and stir until the desired color is achieved. Afterwards, add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to give the soap the desired scent. The more oil added to the mixture, the more fragrant the soap will be.
- Pour the soap into molds. Pour the liquid mixture into the soap molds and let them sit for at least one hour. Afterwards, pop the finished soap bars from the mold.