How to make soap – part 2

By: CAT SYKES


posted on: March 2nd, 2018

Before making your own soap you will need to make your own lye. To find out how read How to make soap – part 1. This method is a traditional African method for making soap.
WARNING: Lye is caustic and corrosive. This means is will burn your skin. You MUST wear protective gloves and glasses when working with lye.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
To make soap bars you will need the following equipment:

You will also need the following ingredients:

METHOD

You can also add other ingredients to this basic soap recipe to change the smell and texture of the soap. Add these in step 4.
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

Don’t worry if this method doesn’t work first time. It may take practice to work out which oils and how much of each ingredient works best.
BENEFITS OF USING AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
African black soap has many uses. It can be better than many shop-bought soaps. Uses include:

WHAT NEXT?
Once you’ve made a basic African black soap try different mixes to see what works best for you. You can add different ingredients at step 4 in this method to make soaps with different smells and textures.

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