Soap-making For Fun
When you get involved in a hobby like soap-making for fun, you quickly realise that it is an easy way to spend some quality time and bring a new angle into your daily life. When you are starting off on a small scale, in your own home, the hobby-side of the skill comes into the picture. You don't start thinking that you are going to sell millions of bars of soap around the world - you start by making some in your own home. That is the essence of soap-making for fun - a hobby that completely changes your world and gives you more than you can imagine.
Now, to make sure you enjoy your soap-making process, you need to have a certain amount of control over what you are doing. This means, you need to be sure of what lies ahead because at the initial stages, when you are just stepping into the hobby, you do not want something to come in and discourage you from doing as much as you can. That means, making a clear list of all the ingredients you want and ensuring that you have everything with you.
The first thing you need is water (900ml), caustic soda (295gms) that is, in other words, nothing but pure sodium hydroxide; some vegetable fat, which can be in the form of coconut oil (615gms); some sunflower oil (800ml), and some olive oil (800ml). These are all that you need to start making soap at home - with ingredients that you are likely to find around the home. When you get into soap-making for fun, you realise that it is so simple, you can do it whenever you want. You also find that there is something incredibly different about the kind of soap you are making and what is available in the local markets or manufactured commercially.
One thing you do need to remember is that if you are introducing your children to soap-making for fun or as a hobby, then you need to be around to supervise and control the entire process. You cannot give them a free-reign over the entire thing because there are some elements in use, which can be slightly dangerous for children to handle on their own.
The Easiest Part of Making Soap
When you think about how soap is made, it's all about chemical reactions that occur amidst the ingredients that you've picked. However, without getting into the intricate details of the boring chemistry behind it, soap-making can be a lot of fun! Get your apron, rubber gloves and goggles on; pull out those plastic buckets and containers, and settle down to make soap in a well-ventilated room.
Pour the water into a bucket and carefully mix the caustic soda with it. The solution will heat up and it will slowly reach the point where you will need to start adding the oils. To prepare the oils for adding into the solution, put the coconut oil into a pan and start heating it slowly. Once the coconut oil has melted, you can add in the remaining oils and stir them through a few times. Then, just pour out the entire oil-mixture into your caustic soda-water mixture and you are ready for the stirring part!
Soap-making for fun is all about experimentation and during this time, when you are stirring up the mixture, you can think about what else you can do in terms of the smells and colours of your soap. You need to add in essential oils or dried herbs to get that smell wafting through your workshop. Bring out those dried petals or fruits and get ready to transform your soap!
You can pour out your soap mixture into different containers and add whatever flavours or smells you want to. Mix them thoroughly and transfer them to the moulds where you will need to let them cool down. Wrap them in a blanket and let the mixture settle, cool down and this should take about 24 hours. Then, you need to take them out of their moulds and allow them to completely dry out, which is about another 6-weeks on your cupboard shelves, in a dry place.
Finally, you can add allow your soaps to settle down, dry out and prepare for the final decoration bit! When they are completely dry, you can cut out these soaps into the shapes you want, garnish them with glitter or ribbons and they are ready to be given out to family or friends, as gifts.
Soap-making for fun is a great way to begin a hobby that can even go on to become a way of earning a living for many. It is a fantastic gift for your loved ones and can make Christmas less hectic as you plan way-ahead of time and make your gifts in many different colours and shapes or sizes. Soap-making for fun is a fantastic hobby and once you try it, you are guaranteed to get hooked-on for life!