Are you looking to find some ideal soap recipes to try?
Here’s a secret about working with soap recipes… No two people will ever make the same thing even if they follow the exact same recipe. This article is written in response to the countless questions I receive regarding soap recipes and tutorials. The way you craft your recipe is going to depend on what it is you are looking to get out of the final bar of handmade soap. If you are making a bar of soap for oily skin, you aren’t going to use a recipe high in moisture content. Conversely if you have dry skin you are going to create recipes high in moisture and low in clays.
There are numerous ways in which you can get your hands on some trusted and proven soap recipes. If you know of a handmade soap manufacturer in your area or a friend who engages in this hobby, chances are that they will be willing to share some of the recipes, ideas and tips with you. Unlike other hobbies or activities, those engaged in making soap do so mostly for the personal satisfaction it brings and may not be unwilling to share what they know. Of course they may not tell you everything but they would share some soap recipes and you could add your own embellishments or flairs as you go on, making what you make even more unique.
You can also find numerous publications with pictures and ingredients lists devoted to soap recipes and styles of manufacturing. They are likely to shine light on just more than the process by also giving you valuable insights on storage, package as well as the oft-times confusing technical aspects involved. Additionally the Internet also provides an inexhaustible collection of thoughts ideas and most importantly soap recipes for you to consider.
Here’s a word of caution about anything you find online…You don’t need every exotic fragrance, butter or color combination. Get down to the essence of what you are trying to create and find a base recipe to start with. Once you have a starting point and are comfortable with the soap making process you can tweak the recipes to your own liking. Popular types of soap recipes will include castile, oatmeal, which lets you understand how to work with solid ingredients, goats milk which is ideal to learn how to deal with various types of liquid, beeswax, ideal for experimenting with fragrances and essential oils as well as shaving soap, which are ideal as gifts for the men folk.
Each of these types of soap recipes tackle various aspects of the manufacturing process and once you master a few of them you are ready to add your own touch of uniqueness and make one of a kind pieces that you can be proud of. If you are a beginner, you might want to research on some of the basic ingredients that are commonly used in the process and likely to feature in most soap recipes. These include various types of oil, such as olive oil, castor oil, canola oil, coconut oil or palm oil. Lye with preferably a 5% super-fatted content will also be required together with water and utensils.
Always run your recipes through a soap calculator. This video walks through how to use one of the most popular lye soap calculators online.
Video Demo Using Lye Calculator
Make safety a top priority regardless of the soap recipes or the ingredients. Always make it a point to wear safety goggles and an outfit with long sleeves to offer your skin and body proper protection.
If you would like to take an in-depth course on soap making, consider enrolling in one of our hands on workshops available locally in Philadelphia and as online classes.