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All Bubbly - Homemade Soaps For You

Handmade soaps are gorgeous to smell, healthy to use and absolutely easy to make at home. Artisna takes you to the world of homemade soaps that are not only loaded with all natural ingredients but also let you rejuvenate every time you take a bath.

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Making soap was not just for your grandmother or your mother; you can do it too and perhaps be called the local Bubbly Lady. Grab a hold of some books for making soap at home and you can avoid the chemicals and colors that might be the reason for your weird skin rashes that appear every change of season and lead you to changing your soap too. But gladly you’re saved the trouble because Artisna is here to take care of you and your soapy needs. Yes, we not only believe in slippery pun but also in clean and green fun that will keep you away from artificial colors and chemicals.

Read Along For the Basics of Soap Making At Home

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Making soap at home can be very simple or as complicated as you want it to be. It all lies in the number and kinds of ingredients that you choose and therein lay the art and beauty of it. You can choose the all natural fragrances and organic colors that make your soap more and more the way you want it to be. You can either go by ounces, or mls or just plain cups for measurement.

What about Lye?

lye for homemade soap

“Lye”ing is important; after all whom are you going to depend on for making lather in the bathroom? This is the one thing that you just can’t take lightly because you can’t really find a substitute for it. Although always keep in mind that using lye comes with some necessary precautions. Since you are going to be using 100% sodium hydroxide for your homemade soap, remember that it is caustic.

  • Always use lye in crystalline form instead of liquid or worse, substituting them for any drain cleaners
  • Lye can eat holes in fabric or your apron and may cause burns on your skin so be extra careful while using it in such quantities. It is advised to use gloves, eye protection, and a mask to cover your nose and mouth if you feel like it
  • Mixing lye or sodium hydroxide with water will cause it to heat up and cause fumes for half a minute, so maintain a safe distance to avoid choking on it. Even if you do get such a sensation in your throat, it’s not going to be permanent so don’t worry
  • It is like going through your high school chemistry class all over so remember to follow through with the rules. Always add lye to the water little by little and not the other way round
  • Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from collecting at the bottom as it can heat up quickly and cause an explosion

 

Equipment

equipment required for homemade soap

  • Always use those utensils and equipment that will not be used or aren’t used for cooking at all
  • Materials to pick are stainless steel, tempered glass and enamel as these are the most stable and do not react with the liquids that are being stirred around
  • Materials to avoid are copper and/or aluminum as they can react with the alkaline solution
  • Plastics can melt so no
  • For the stirring action, go for spoons made from silicone or styrene plastic
  • When it comes to molding your soap, you get a plethora of options to choose from. Just run to your local hardware or crafts store and you will find round, rectangle, star and heart, teardrop, diamond and what not to tickle your fancy. You can also go for silicone molds available online
  • While you could clean everything really well, it’s best not to take a chance
  • Some other things you might find useful are a stainless steel thermometer that can read 90° to 200°
  • Grab a pint and a quart canning jar, some old newspapers and an old towel if things get messy, and they will

 

Additives

additives in homemade soap

Soaps welcome almost everything with open arms and so you can really play with variations such as colors, textures like oat flakes and poppy seeds, coffee grounds, mint leaves and the list just goes on. But remember to dry the herbs before adding them. Ideal quantities of Lavender, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Rosemary or Oakmoss per batch always do the magic. You can also add essential oils or fragrance oils to your homemade soap mixture. They’ll do the job in about 15 to 20 drops or a teaspoon per batch. Remember to wash everything after you’re done, why take any chances, right? Once you get these basics right, visit us again for some amazing homemade soap recipes and stay tuned to Artisna for more tips on healthy living.

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