Fisherman's Soap and Orange Gifts

I'm participating in the reddit secret santa initiative and thought some homemade fisherman's soap would be a great gift!

You can find the recipe for this soap in the shared soap recipes section.

Winter Moisturizing Soap

With winter coming, I thought I'd make a extra moisturizing soap. This soap takes a simple base and adds moisturizers like Lanolin, Shea Butter and Vit. E. The receipe can be found here

Milk Based Homemade Soap

This video is an updated version of a previous video that had audio problems. This is a quick video to show the process I went through to create a very nice soap with lavender flowers embedded in it. The soap is made with milk (heavy whipping cream) and then palm oil, coconut oil, soybean oil and cocoa butter. I added Vitamin E, Peach coloring and Lotus Blossom fragrance after the soap reached trace. Enjoy!

Summer Illusions Soap

This video talks about some tricks you can use to preserve the oils that you use to make soap. You can use Vit. E, BHT, Rosemary oil or just put the oil in a fridge. Here is the recipe:

Creamy Dream Soap

Lipid Amount
in oz
Coconut 76° 12 18.75
Soybean 12 18.75
Palm 12 18.75
Shea Butter 8 12.50
Jojoba 8 12.50
Lanolin 4  6.25
Castor 4  6.25
Aloe Vera Butter 2  3.13
Borage 2  3.13
Total Weight 64

Fluid (goat's milk) needed:
17.92 - 23.68 fluid oz

Lye (NaOH)
in oz
0 8.53
1 8.44
2 8.36
3 8.27
4 8.18
5 8.10
6 8.01
7 7.93
8 7.84
9 7.76
10 7.67

Handmade Soap Exfoliants

ExfoliantsWhen making natural handmade soap, you can make all types of soaps to fit your desired niche. One of the possibilities is that of including an exfoliant in your soap to help lift away any dead skin or caked on dirt that needs a little extra scrubbing to get clean. One such exfoliant is Sodium Bentonite Powder which can be found at most health-food stores. This exfoliant will not only remove dirt and dead skin but also help to lift away the toxins in your skin. If you don't have access to this clay, you can also start using products you probably have sitting around in your kitchen right now. You can use poppy seeds, blueberry seeds, ground almond meal, ground walnut husk meal or even ground oatmeal. Below you will find a more complete list which you can experiment with.

Green Patchouli Soap

Lipid Amount
in oz
Palm 12 22.64
Coconut 76° 12 22.64
Olive 12 22.64
Hemp 10 18.87
Hemp Seed Butter 5  9.43
Castor 2  3.77
Total Weight 53

Fluid (kombucha tea) needed:
14.84 - 19.61 fluid oz

added patchouli and cedar essential oils

Lye (NaOH)
in oz
0 7.83
1 7.75
2 7.67
3 7.60
4 7.52
5 7.44
6 7.36
7 7.28
8 7.20
9 7.13
10 7.05

Making Laundry Soap

Sodium Bentonite ClayIf you are a soap maker, you have at some point come across the controversy of soaps verses detergents. Many see soap as a natural product whereas detergents are synthetic creations coming from a lab. In reality, both soaps and detergents are synthetic products that take naturally occurring chemicals and synthesize them into a new product. The big difference for soapers is that soap is easy to make at home while detergent is far too complex. Soap and detergent, while both good at cleaning, have different properties when placed in different environments. The biggest difference is that when soap is placed in hard water or an acidic solution, it forms a scum that is difficult to get out of clothes (if using for washing). Detergent does not suffer from this problem. The other major difference is that detergent works as efficiently in cold water as in warm. It is really these two reasons that detergent has taken over the laundry soap business.

The basic ingredients you will need to make your own laundry soap are:

  • 3 oz soap (preferably homemade)
  • half a cup washing soda
  • half a cup borax

Soap: You really can use any bar of soap you like for this. I tend to like to use a simple soap that is made of 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 palm oil and 1/3 coconut oil that has been made with very little superfat discount. You will need to use about 3-4 oz of soap for this recipe.

Sodium Bentonite Powder

Sodium Bentonite ClayIf you look on various food products like candy bars, yogurt, protein powders, baby milk powders, rice milk powders, toothpaste and animal and pet foods; you will notice a peculiar ingredient: Sodium Bentonite. This substance expands when wet, absorbing as much as several times its dry mass in water. Despite its fancy name, sodium bentonite is really just clay. Because of it's absorbing properties, bentonite clay has been used the world around for medicinal purposes. The first known use of clay for medicine was in ancient Mesopotamia where physicians used the material as an anti-inflammatory agent and antiseptic. A recent study has found that Bentonite clay is actually anti-bacterial even able to take on the super bacteria MRSA. Further use of clay is by taking it internally to sweep away harmful toxins and heavy metals that may be residing in the body. In the stomach, the negative electrical charges of tiny clay particles attract positively charged toxins from stomach fluids. This clumping prevents very small particles, such as toxic molecules, from passing through the walls of the intestines and entering the bloodstream. The toxins and the clay are then expelled from the body in the normal bowel movements.


Making Caustic Potash

Wood ash for lyeOne of the major ingredients in soap making is Caustic Soda or Lye. Most soap-makers use industrial grade Sodium Hydroxide as their Caustic Soda but really any strong base would work in the soap making process. One such caustic that can be produced at home is Caustic Potash, or Potassium Hydroxide. While potassium hydroxide is often used to make softer bars of soap or even liquid soap, the type of wood ashes that are used can be selected to impart extra properties to the soap that would not be available to industrially purified chemicals. What every lye you choose to use the metaphysical farms lye calculator lets you choose either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide when making soap. If you want to know how to make your own lye you will need the following equipment:

Equipment Needed

The first ingredient you will need is soft water. You can obtain this by buying soft distilled water (no mineral water), getting water from a dehumidifier or the traditional way is to collect rain water in a barrel. This ingredient by far is the most important to get right to ensure a good leaching of lye. Next you will need a container with a spout at the bottom. Traditionally this has been a wooden barrel with a hole drilled on the bottom big enough for a cork but if you don't have access to wooden barrels, you can easily use a cooler with a spout at the bottom. You will also need rocks and straw or cheese cloth to filter the ash. The final ingredient you need is wood ashes. The best ashes to use are hardwoods and you want to avoid evergreens (like pine and fir). Other things you can use are ashes of herbs and flowers to add a special touch to your lye.

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