Shredded Soap Base
Crock pot, small or medium size
Glass measuring cup
Liquid of choice: ( Distilled Water,
Whole milk or 2% Milk)
Powdered milk (secret ingredient)
Any additives, such as herb, flowers, grains, cornmeal, oatmeal, etc.
Colorant chips or liquid dye (optional)
Any fragrance oil or essential oil
Optional: additional oils such as sweet almond, jojoba, vitamin E
Mold/s (lightly greased with Vaseline)
You may half, quarter or double
this recipe as needed.
is a good way to get the feel for soap-making without having to handle any caustic ingredients.
You can also use a double boiler, but we recommend the crock pot method. Takes
about 2 hrs. to make.
Start by measuring out 4-6 cups of
shredded base soap or as much as will fit into your crock pot without going past the
half-way mark. Measure out about 1 cup of liquid (you'll add this as needed, you
may not use it all or you may need to add a bit more). Add ˝
cup of liquid to the crock pot
and the shredded soap, put the lid on the pot and set it on the lowest temperature
setting. Check the mixture every 15 min. or so and gently stir with your wooden spoon,
but try not to make bubbles. If it looks very dry, add a little more milk, and so on,
until all the shredded soap is melted.
After an hour or
so, it should have the
consistency of soft mashed potatoes. It also may look lumpy. Add about
˝ cup of
powdered milk. The powdered milk will make the mixture very smooth and easy to
pour. Go ahead and add any additional ingredients, such as, Vit.
E or grapefruit seed extract
(which act as a preservative). You can also add additional oils (
˝ -1 tsp.) such as, castor (for shampoo like lather), almond oil or jojoba oil, etc. at this time.
When you're ready to add your colorant,
herbs, and fragrance, remove the amount of soap needed for your size mold from
the crock pot and place it into the measuring cup. Mix in your final ingredients,
amounts of color, herbs, fragrance will vary depending on your liking, and pour
The soap should be easy to pour,
but not too runny. Leave your
soap in their molds overnight or until dry and remove the next dry. If
you're having difficulty removing from the mold, place mold into the freezer for
a few minutes for easier release.
Cure them for 1 week on a drying
rack. Wrap individual soaps to preserve their scent.
As long as your crock pot is set at the lowest temperature,
your can leave
your soap simmering until your ready to mix and mold. Just check it to be sure it
doesn't get too dry.
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