Clay soap has powdered clay added to it.The powdered clays are ideal for oily skin.The soap has a silky texture.There are other types of clay that you can use as well.
Step 1: There is a well-ventilated place to work.
You can work in the kitchen if you want to.If you want to work in the kitchen, turn on the vent/fan and work over the stove.You should open a window as well.Take a spray bottle with you when you go.If you spill the lye water on yourself, rinse it off with water and then spray it with the vinegar.The lye will be mitigated by this.If you spill the lye in another place, it would be a good idea to get rid of it with a solution of vinegar and water.
Step 2: Wear protective clothing and safety gear.
You want to avoid getting lye on your skin.Pull on a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, and shoes.Next, wear safety goggles, rubber gloves, and a dust mask.Even though you are working in a well-ventilated area, you still need a mask to protect you from the fumes.The shoes you are wearing have to have closed toes.
Step 3: Cool water can be put into a pot.
Don’t measure the water by volume in a measuring cup and use an accurate, digital kitchen scale to weigh it.Measure soap making by weight.Only distilled or demineralized water can be used.The minerals may react with the water, so don’t use it.The water needs to be cool.It will get hotter once you add the lye.You can use a heat-safe jug.Don’t use the container for food or cooking again.
Step 4: With a spoon, stir 2.226 ounces of lye.
Use the scale to weigh the lye and then add it to the water.Try not to breathe in the fumes or spill the lye while doing this.You will get a dangerous reaction if you add water to lye.The wood and plastic spoons may be damaged by the lye.Don’t use this spoon for cooking as it will be contaminated by the lye water.
Step 5: The water should be cooled off.
As the water cools, begin to prepare the oils.The lye water should be ready by the time you finish heating and cooling the oils.Make sure the surface you set it on is heat resistant because the lye water will be hot.When you are ready to add the oils, the lye should be around 100 to 125 F.To keep track of the temperature, use a soap making thermometer.
Step 6: If necessary, prepare your soap molds.
You won’t have to scramble to get everything ready if you have your molds ready before time.Whether or not you have to prepare your mold depends on what mold you are using.Parchment paper or wax paper is needed for the lined soap molds.You could spray the decorative molds with mold release made for soap-making.Silicone molds don’t need to be prepared.Silicone doesn’t stick to soap and is a special type of material.
Step 7: Put the oils in a second pot.
You can use the kitchen scale to weigh olive oil, coconut oil and apricot kernels, as well as cocoa butter and castor oil.As you weigh them, put all of the oils into a pot.Don’t add the oils to the pot with the water.You can use a second pot.Make sure you don’t use this second pot for cooking.Other butters and oils can be used, such as shea butter.If you decide to use different butters/oils, you should use a soap making calculator.
Step 8: When they turn liquid, melt the oils over low to medium heat.
Put the oils in a spoon and blend them together.Coconut oil and cocoa butter have a low melting point, so this process should take less than a few minutes.Since the oils won’t react with it, you can use any spoon.You should not reuse this spoon for cooking.
Step 9: Let the oils cool down to between 100 and 125 F.
Take the pot off the stove after the oils have melted.As they cool down, use a soap making thermometer to gauge the temperature.When the temperature is between 100 and 125 F, you are ready to add the water.You can use the same temperature that you used for the water.It should have air dried before you wipe it off.
Step 10: The water should be put into the oil mixture.
Don’t splash or spill the lye water, it can cause severe burns if it gets on your skin, and it’s still caustic during this stage.In case of accidents, keep your spray bottle with you.Before you start pouring, make sure the oils are within 10 F of your solution and compare the temperatures.
Step 11: Take the mixture and blend it with a spoon.
Use a low speed setting to mix the lye into the oils.It will take about 10 to 15 minutes to blend it at medium speed and then trace it.The trace stage is when the soap mixture can hold ripples.If you can draw streaks through the surface of the mixture with the tip of a spoon, it’s a good way to test fortrace.The immersion blender is only used for soap making purposes.Don’t use it for cooking.
Step 12: The rose clay should be mixed in.
One of the rare instances where you can measure something out by volume is here.This is because clay is like lavender buds.The absorbent qualities of rose clay make it great for soap.There are other clays that you can use.It is an excellent choice for oily skin.It’s good for shaving.The clay is white and mild.It will give you a creamy, silky soap.Rhassoul clay is brown in color.It’s good for skin care.
Step 13: If you want, add 0.2 ounces (14 g) of essential oil.
You can use a combination of fragrances or just one.If you choose to use a combination of 2 or more fragrances, make sure the total amount is less than 0.2 ounces.The rose clay soap has a pink color.It is a classic choice if you prefer a simpler option.You can also use lavender essential oil.
Step 14: The soap should be put into the molds.
To help guide the soap into the molds, use a spatula.To get rid of air bubbles, gently tap the mold against the counter.You should wear your safety gear because the soap is still caustic.
Step 15: Place the soap in a warm place and cover it with a blanket.
It is important to keep the soap warm as it cures, even though covering it with a blanket may seem silly.The soap may develop cracks if you don’t do this.Don’t just stop at one blanket.The thicker you are, the better.Wrap your soap in a sheet of plastic.This will help trap the heat and keep your blanket clean.
Step 16: Don’t use the soap for 24 to 48 hours.
First, remove the blanket and then the soap from the mold.How you do this depends on the mold you are using.Like a cake pan, some molds can be inverted.First, other molds must be taken apart.Take the blanket off and let the soap sit for a couple of hours.The soap should be kept in the warm place for 24 to 48 hours.If you covered your soap with a sheet of plastic wrap, you need to peel that off as well.
Step 17: Cut the soap into thick slices.
Wait a few days if the soap is too soft.You can try cutting it again if it feels more firm.A special slicer made for soap making would be ideal, but you can also use any sharp, non-serrated knife.If you poured the soap into individual soap molds, skip this step.It is the right size.
Step 18: Allow the bars to cure for up to 6 weeks.
The soap bars should be spread out on the rack.They won’t cure evenly if they touch.The soap bars should be rotating about once per week.Although the soap is solid, it is still caustic and can burn your skin.The soap should be kept in a warm place.The soap cure can be helped by this.Within 4 weeks, the soap will cure and be usable, but it will be very drying.The milder it becomes, the longer you let it cure.