Easy-To-Make Soap, No Lye

| 2/2/2015 11:00:00 AM

TracyI want to learn how to make felted soap. I'll probably practice with inexpensive, store-bought soap, but ultimately, I want to make it with homemade soap. This weekend I made orange-ginger soap, and by the time it's ready, in three weeks, I should have the felting part down.

This year, making soap with lye is on my list of things to learn. For now, I'm still afraid of lye. I have a habit of sticking my fingers in boiling water to see if it's hot enough, and other spacy brain types of things. The thought of sticking my hand in lye, or getting it on my fingers then rubbing my eye, is enough to keep me on a safer path. Hand-milled soap, made from white, unscented soap (think Ivory) is a great way to start. This may feel a little bit like cheating, but it's sort of like grating cheese for lasagna, instead of milking the cow yourself.

For this soap you need:

2 cups grated soap
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup water
Essential oils
Cheese grater
Double boiler
Wooden spoon
Soap mold

grating soap

Grate your bar of soap, and gather your other ingredients. For this recipe, I used 1 tablespoon orange oil, and 1/2 tablespoon ginger. Experiment with scents you like, and make this your own.