ingredients for making soap and candles

zekeJanuary 16, 2005


i am in a quandry about the basic ingredients

for making soap .

i have melted down lard (pork) and have also melted

down cappings from extracting honey(strained and cleaned)

what else will i need to make soap, besides the molds and

the scented ingredients ??

thanks ,


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almost 3 days and no answers
i guess nobody here knows how make soap
or else they dont want to tell ??

    Bookmark   January 20, 2005 at 7:45PM
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I make melt and pour soap, so I don't know the answer to your question.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2005 at 7:20AM
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Making soap from fats and lye is a very rewarding, but very exacting, process, Zeke. There are hundreds of recipes, but you should start off with a very basic one. Read, read, read... the instructions and warnings about the lye and proper utensils before you start. You should understand every step BEFORE you start making your first batch. You need all the containers, thermometers, etc. gathered before you start.

Don't allow any children or pets around you as the lye can badly burn! Allow yourself a whole afternoon (preferably a whole day!) for your first batch.

Your public library will have books on basic soapmaking. Additionally, there are many, many sites on the Internet with recipes. There used to be (and probably still is) a basic recipe on the Red Devil Lye container!

Here is a link to one basic recipe...

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Here is a link that might be useful: Basic Recipe at the Luxury Lane Site

    Bookmark   January 21, 2005 at 1:29PM
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Thanks for the link Red_ Confetti
40 pages, that ought to be enough to keep me reading for awhile .

    Bookmark   January 21, 2005 at 8:55PM
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