New to Soap-Making : a little guidence requested

snapjax49March 4, 2006

Hello. I wonder if you might help me understand some things better.

I want to make a lot of soap this spring and summer. I've been thinking about doing this since I moved onto farm land a couple years ago. I have some nice ingrediants growing on my property, such as rasberries, chamomile, flowers, appletrees, patchuli plant etc. I have a lot of neat things growing that I think can make good soap and scent.

I understand that different ingrediants call for different amounts of lye, but is there a general ratio known of how much lye is used for how much final bar soap product? If I were to order an excess, are sealing pale containers capable of storing a bulk of lye for a long time? Is airtight good enough to store it well?

How would I go about getting essences of things into bars of soap. Such as pine scent, or the patchuli or chamomile and other flowers... Would a chamomile-scented soap be acheived by incorporating a chamomile-tincture into the soap recipe somehow?

What is the simplest soap I can make for my first trial? ... ie can I use just lye, water, and corn oil for my first run at it? Nothing special just my first trial with my lye, safety equipment, and some household oil from the kitchen or something. Once I do that and convince myself making bar-soap isn't hard, I will start experimenting with recipes.

Anyone have a suggestion for a new soaper?

thanks a bunch

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athena143

I started out making CP soap, but now am making MP soap, it's so easy, you can make just a few bars or a whole bunch if needed. I would suggest starting out with MP soap, I've read up on the costs of the two and they both cost about the same to make.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2006 at 8:02AM
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snapjax49

True M&P is easy, but it's too easy and that's not what I'm after. I want to do things the traditional way. I decided to try my first batch with lye, water, and olive oil.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 10:49AM
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tina_2

Hi - I found this site, has some info. you may need.
Also, you can make an infusion with herbs to - scent your soaps. To do this, is very easy. I do it all the time.
You need 3 - tablespoons of fresh or dried herbs -leaves only, no stems. Put them in a bowl & pour 1- cup of boiling water over them & cover them for 10-minutes, then strain.
You can put the scented water in your soaps. Don't forget to experiment with the herbs, you may find a blend you like.

http://www.soapnaturally.org/hayleyr.html#mp

Happy Soaping - Tina_2

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 4:11PM
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vettem

Hello,
There are lye calculators online that you can use to determine how much lye to use. The simpiest soap you can make from Crisco.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 11:18PM
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Brent

"I want to make a lot of soap this spring and summer. I've been thinking about doing this since I moved onto farm land "

Go slow at first when making soap, they're many mistakes that can be made and some experimentation should be done first. After the first recipe has been made it will be at least 1 month until you get a good idea of what you have accomplished. I know you'll feel like an expecting parent soon after you make your first batch.

"I have some nice ingrediants growing on my property,..."

Each ingredient should and take some investigation to do it right; methods, amounts etc..

"I understand that different ingrediants call for different amounts of lye, but is there a general ratio known of how much lye is used for how much final
bar soap product? If I were to order an excess, are sealing pale containers capable of storing a bulk of lye for a long time? Is airtight good enough to
store it well?"

The ingredients that you mention that you might grow on your farm do not require any lye, only fats and oils

"How would I go about getting essences of things into bars of soap. Such as pine scent, or the patchuli or chamomile and other flowers... Would a chamomile-scented
soap be acheived by incorporating a chamomile-tincture into the soap recipe somehow?"

Tinctures, I believe are alcohol based and wont play nice with your soap making.
I have added chamomile into soap by steeping the chamomile in warmed olive oil for 4 hours, then using the olive oil (straing out the leaves), in the recipe. This will give you the benefits ofcamomile as well as the colour(yep, I'm Canadian):)

What is the simplest soap I can make for my first trial? ... ie can I use just lye, water, and corn oil for my first run at it?

I would use olive oil, the Pomice kind, it's cheap and you don't have to use the high quality stuff. And, it makes a pretty good simple soap; you may even come back to this soap recipe years down the road and some people like it even non-scented
Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 5:57PM
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