Making your own soap from a soap base and fragrance is a rewarding process. In the end, you are left with a sweet-smelling concoction that you cannot get enough of. You might have the process down, but there are many different tips so you can try to get the fragrance just right.
- The easiest way to make soap is from the pre-purchased bases. When you do it that way, you only have to add in the fragrance and other ingredients, without the need to mix chemicals.
- Make use of wholesale ingredients, in order to get fragrances you use often sent to you quicker. This saves you time and money, since you get the products cheaper and do not spend as much time waiting around to gather everything.
- Do not make soap in high humidity. This is because the soap needs to dry out before you use it. On average, the soap needs to dry for up to 3 days. You want the soap not to dry out too much, or else it will harden and crack.
- Always read a how-to guide before making soaps. They are very difficult to make and will not come out right if you miss a step. Also, read through it several times in order to understand the directions; otherwise, you could ruin a batch of soap.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, to use to dry out the soaps. This method only works if you are in a low humidity area. Allow the soaps to sit for 3 days.
- Always do research into the herbs and oils you are using. This will help you to create better soaps. Some herbs will make the soap oily if you add too much; therefore, learning the properties of each herb you use would be beneficial.
- You control what goes into your soaps, so have fun and experiment. You can add many different types of essential oils, herbs, and other materials in your soaps. You can easily add beer, tea, and milk to soaps. Other things you can add for texture are poppy seeds and oatmeal.
- Soap base comes in solid and liquid form. You can melt the solid base down in order to make soap with it. This is the safest way to do it, since you don’t have to deal with lye. It also makes it fun and safe for kids, too.
- Use molds to make the soap bars. You can purchase molds in any shape or size for novelty soaps. After the soap dries, you can just pop them out of the molds and reuse the molds. You can then give the soap away as gifts. Place the soaps in gift baskets, or wrap them in parchment paper for a nice display.