Cold-Process Soap Making Instructions
Congratulations! You are about to join the world of herbal soap making. Our kits include pre-measured materials for one batch of soap. These instructions, combined with our detailed PDF instructions*, will guide you through the cold-process method of soap making. At first, these instructions may seem a bit overwhelming, so read them first and familiarize yourself with them. When you make the soap, however, you will see how easy and fun this is.
*We do not recommend using this page solely for your soap making instructions. Please use the instructions that come with your soap making kit (or see the soap making instructions in a new window), as they come with more detail and safety and cleaning instructions for handling the lye solution.
Before you start, gather up all the required materials and familiarize yourself with them. You will need a heavy duty rubber spatula, metal whisk, sauce pan or stock pot, 2 gallon white, high density plastic bucket, liquid measuring cup, rubber dish-washing gloves, safety goggles, thermometer, one quart cartons, and a blanket or Styrofoam cooler. If you have a stainless steel stock pot, you can use it for both heating the oils and mixing the soap (you would not need the 2 gallon bucket if you chose this method) Last, for the stirring stage, our instructions discuss stirring by hand. However, we highly recommend using an immersion/stick blender (plastic is fine). You can pick one up at your major retailer for about $12.99. This will speed up the mixing process. It is not required but makes things a lot easier and faster!
Our soap making kits include all the necessary pre-measured ingredients. These ingredients include: Our base oil blend (sunflower oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, and palm oil), Lye, herbs/botanical additive, and essential oil. The image to the right displays all the ingredients for our Peppermint Soap Making Kit. Other kits will include different herb/botanical additive and essential oil depending on which kit is chosen.
Prepare the Oils
1. Prepare the oils by heating them over medium heat. They will be ready when they turn clear and you can see the bottom of the pot.
Prepare the Lye
2. Prepare the Lye Solution. The mixing should only be for about 10 seconds. You can use either the heavy duty spatula or metal whisk.
Get the Temperatures
3. Get both the lye and oil down to 95 degrees. Use hot and cold water baths to raise or lower the temperatures until they are the same.
Pour Oils Into Bucket
4. Pour the oils into the 2 gallon bucket. Use a spatula to get all of the oil out of the pot. Have on your long sleeve shirt and rubber gloves to be ready for the lye.
Pour Lye Into Bucket
5. Pour the lye into the oils. Make sure not to splash the lye solution as you are pouring. Remember to have on your long sleeve shirt and rubber gloves.
6. Make sure to stir the same direction the whole time. The stirring pattern should be around the perimeter of the bucket as well as through the center.
Mix Until Trace
7. With a blender, it should take about 3-5 minutes to reach "trace". If drizzled soap stays on top of the mixture, you have reached trace.
At Trace, Add Herbs
8. Once you have reached trace, go ahead and add the herbs. Blend the herbs thoroughly and make sure that you continue to stir the
Mix In Herbs
mixture the same way as you did before (same direction, around the perimeter, and through the center). Make sure to mix thoroughly.
Add Essential Oil
9. After you have mixed the herbs, go ahead and add the essential oil. Make sure to mix the essential oil thoroughly. If you are not mixing
Mix In Essential Oil
enough, you will still be able to see the essential oil sitting on top of the soap. Only stir the essential oil for about 10-15 seconds.
Pour Into Cartons
10. Add the soap to your three 1 quart cartons (molds). Stop about 1/2 inch from the crease that separates the main carton body from the top section.
Staple Top of Carton
11. Once you have filled your molds, fold them back up and staple across top.
Cover All Openings
12. Cover any other openings. We did not have the original caps so we used duck tape!
13. Insulate with blankets or towels and wait 4-5 days (keep in a warm part of your house).
Remove the Cartons
14. Peel off the carton molds from the loaves. The carton has a waxy inside so this should be pretty easy to peel off.
Cut Loaves Into Bars
15. Cut the loaves into individual bars of soap. You can you a knife or wire. Cut the bars 1 inch thick to make a 4oz bar.
Let Soap Cure!
16. Last, place the bars in a well-ventilated part of your house and allow them to cure for three weeks. Enjoy the soap!
Enjoy Your New Soap And Feel Good About Successfully Making Your Own Natural, Herbal Soap.