Making your own natural soap at home is a very easy and inexpensive process that you can learn how to do in about 10 minutes and then once you’ve got the necessary materials it’ll take about as long to actually make the soap itself (although the soap will need to set for a while longer before it’s ready to use).
What you’ll need to do the soap recipe you’re going to see in this video is (all of them are available at well-stocked grocery, health, and beauty stores, as well as Amazon.com which I linked to):
- lye (available from Amazon for about 5 bucks)
- shea butter
- Distilled water
- organic extra virgin coconut oil
- Natural Red Palm Oil
- dried Lavender flowers (or you could go for the really good stuff)
- lavender essential oil
Alright, let’s get started:
Additional Resources and Further Reading
If you want to learn more about how to make your own soap, the best book on the subject is currently Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably by Anne L. Watson. This blows all the rest out of the water: it takes soap-making and simplifies it into what it should be with a simple, common-sense approach.
Definitely check out teachsoap.com, they’ve got piles of articles, instructions, and recipes plus a very active forum.
About.com has a really good and comprehensive page on candle and soap-making you should have a look at.