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homemade bar soaps without lye

How to Make Homemade Soap Without Lye

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  • Grate 8 ounces of  soap. (Two regular size bars.) A cheese grater works well, as does a salad shooter. A food processor also works.
  • Sprinkle 1-2 ounces water or other liquid over the grated soap.
  • Heat on low setting in a double boiler or crock pot. You can also place in oven-safe pot and heat in the oven at lowest setting. Stir frequently to avoid burning. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
  • When soap is liquefied, remove from heat. It will be somewhat lumpy and translucent.
  • Add desired ingredients.
    (For the main photos here, I used Pink Himalayan salt and dried rose petals from my daughter's wedding. I added Rose Geranium essential oil which created a lovely rose scent.)
  • Stir to desired consistency. Pour (or spoon) soap mixture into molds.  I placed some dried rose petals on the bottom of this flower mold.
  • Cool the soap and remove from mold (place mold into freezer for up to 1 hour to make this easier). Cut into desired sizes and shapes using a soap cutter or a food scraper/shovel.
    The mold used in the above photo is this one.
    Homemade soap - without lye!
  • Allow soap to dry for several days or more. Note that the more liquid you use the longer it will take to cure.
  • Dry the soap thoroughly between uses to extend its life.