This week we have a special treat for you! Recently Deb from Consciously Connected Soap Factory documented her soap making for us so that we could put together a little "How To Make Soap" blog. The soap that she features in this tutorial is none other than our very own Thea-Bel soap which will be available for sale this fall.
We hope you enjoy this, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section at the end of the article.
How to Make Soap
First off let's meet Deb:
And we are off.
First we need to get the supplies ready to go
Then we need to heat the butters and oils
Nothing but the best goes in my soap
Next we need to add the measured lye to the water.....this can heat up to 200°F. Wearing safety equipment is very important! Lye is a must. Without lye there would be no soap.
Now we add the Kaolin clay to the heated super-fat (that's the extra oils and butter)
I like to be very organized
When the temperatures of the lye water and the oils and butters are at a 100°F degrees it's time to put them together and watch the magic.
Once the mixture starts to feel like cake batter and the batter drips stay on top then it's time to add the super-fat, essential oils and any other adds.
Now comes the colour
For the Thea-Bel soap I am using two colours. Now I pour the soap into the molds.
I have a specific design in mind so will pour the soap into the molds keeping the colours separated.
First part of the design
Pouring the rest of the soap batter in
Now to add a design to the top
Voila, now it sits insulated with a towel until tomorrow.
Now that the soap has had a chance to settle overnight, the bars can be removed
Next the bars are cut down to size
Now the wait begins. Soap on average takes six weeks to cure. These bars will need to hang out a bit before they are available for sale.
There you go, beautiful bars of soap just waiting for you to take home to try!