A while back, he finally made some.
After watching a lot of Youtube videos and finding a recipe on Pinterest, Mr. DIY ordered some supplies that he needed and gathered some out of our pantry.
If you make soap according to how he made his, do so at your own risk as some parts of the soap making process can be dangerous.
Here's are the instructions for how he made the soap:
Mr. DIY's Awesome Soap
16 oz. Coconut Oil
16 oz. Palm Oil
13.5 oz. Olive Oil
16 oz. Distilled Water
6.5 oz Lye
1 oz. Lavender Essential Oil - optional
1) I measured all of the ingredients by WEIGHT, not volume.
I then mixed the Palm, Coconut and Olive oils together after measuring, in a stainless steel pot and heated it to about 100-110 degrees then set aside.
2) Only distilled water should be used. City water often contains chlorine which can chemically alter the way soap saponifies and it may not set up.
I put the water in another stainless pot (do not use aluminum as the lye will eat through it fast) and while stirring with a wire wisk, I poured in the dry lye, and mixed until it dissolved. Wear gloves and safety glasses. A caustic solution splashed in your eyes can blind you. When lye is added to the water, it will immediately get to 180 degrees in a second, and the fumes are hard to breathe, so I do that part outside. It takes maybe 20-30 minutes to cool down to 100-110. DO NOT ADD WATER TO THE LYE. It will react violently.
3) Once both oils and lye solution are at 100-110, I added them together. I used a stick blender to mix them and blended them until they got to the “trace” point, which is when it thickens. Once it was like pudding, I added lavender essential oil. If the lavender is added before trace, it can do weird things and not set up properly.
I lined my wooden mold with waxed paper.
4) I poured the soap mixture into the mold, then let it sit overnight to harden.
The next day I took it out of the mold and sliced it into bars.
Soap with lye in it must sit/cure for several weeks to allow the pH to drop and the saponification process to complete. The soap will continue to harden as time goes by and a couple more weeks will make the soap lather a lot more.
Aren't they pretty? They smell so good too!
Mr. DIY has now made 3 batches of soap and has plans to make more. I highly doubt I will ever have to buy soap again. His next batches will be coconut mint and a rose soap. Can't wait!
Is there anything you've always wanted to make, but you just never get around to it?
Would love to hear about it.