Soap Making Recipes
The ideal way to improve upon any hobby is to explore it and soap making recipes do just that for the hobby of making soap at home, for leisure. Doing the same thing over and over again can make your hobby quite irritating and monotonous, even it is something that is very close to your heart. However, switching things around and trying out new or different soap making recipes will ensure that you have something to look forward to every single day.
There are almost as many soap making recipes as you have ingredients out there and we can go through some that are extremely popular here, but first, you need to understand some basic elements about soap making recipes.
Soap Making Recipes - The Commonalities
The first things to remember about soap making recipes is that there are certain ingredients that you absolutely need if you want it to be called soap, by the end of the process. This includes the lye or caustic soda as well as the essential oils that you need to add as fat, to the mix. Water is another ingredient that cannot be replaced and that said. All these irreplaceable ingredients have to be used in the right proportions to ensure that you end up with soap.
The thing is, all these elements are, in their own right, good enough to create soap. However, it would be a plain soap without any characteristics like fragrance or colour, which would make it rather difficult to enjoy. To bring about the characteristics that actually endear soap to its users are what you can add into the mixture will vary and ranges from natural to synthetic elements, each with its own set of features and more.
Soap Making Recipes - The Other Ingredients
Now we come to the part where the entire world is your playground. You can find everything you need in nature or, if you feel that you need to get synthetic elements at a much higher cost than the free-stuff has to offer, then head down to a store and get what you need. Alternately, you can go out to your garden or to a green grocers' for the best ingredients for soap-making at the lowest costs.
Tea is basically a name given to a solution created with leaves (usually dry) and water. This is a solution that you make exactly like the tea you drink - add the leaves to the hot water and leave to infuse. However, this tea doesn't necessarily have to be made of leaves that you choose at a store - they can be anything like raspberry leaves, rosemary sprigs, stinging nettles, clover leaves, roses and more. Effectively, you can pick up any leaf and make a "tea" solution out of it, using it in the water-lye mix instead of only using plain water, and give your soap a different dimension altogether.
Other popular recipes include using oatmeal and honey as part of the soap while almond oil also adds a bit of something, over and above the fats normally used in the process. Flowers are also very popular and you won't find something like Lavender or Rose quite out of place within your bar of soap. Now, if you are making your soap using the traditional methods of mixing fat (in various forms) and a lye-water solution, then you are likely to find that some elements, like flowers or orange peels, might turn black due to the effect the lye has on it.
This, overall, doesn't have any effect on the fragrance or the colour of the soap, but the ingredient itself may look rather unkind in the final product. So, to get that out of the way, hobbyists tend to use extracts or oils instead of using the natural stuff in its natural form. Also, the use of these elements ensures that there is no discolouration of the soap in any way or form, maintaining a nice and beautiful look along with the fragrances you demand of it.
Even in terms of the fat used as part of the standard mixture, you can use anything from olive oil and coconut oil to groundnut oil, canola oil, linseed oil and any other form of naturally produced oil you want. Some hobbyists might also add vegetable shortening to their soap making recipes, and it's all good for the overall process of making soaps. The only thing you might want to remember is that using natural ingredients for the process might be, overall, a better way of using your money and resources to create products that you like and products that are good for you.
There are many rules for soap making recipes but the two that you need to remember the most are, first, you need to know exactly how much of each ingredient you need to put into your soap making recipe and get the perfect soap. This is a chemical process and without knowing the right ratios, the chemical reaction might not go off correctly. Secondly, the more you are aware of where your ingredients came from, the better you will be aware of the kind of soap you are making.
Every soap-making recipe calls for some chemicals and some naturals. Then, there are elements that can be either, based on your decision. At all moments, it's better to stick to the natural side of things when that happens, because your soap making recipe just becomes better and more effective this way.