Avoid Simple Soap Making Mistakes you never notice

As a beginner, you’re going to make mistakes, no doubt. 

But fear not, I’m here to help! I will list a few common mistakes which can happen when making natural handmade soap, and hope you can avoid them, or if not – at least you won’t feel like you’re the only one who did them. 


Simple Soap Making Safety 

  • Lye– Using Lye for the first time can be tricky. Always use gloves, eye protection and a mask. Don’t worry if you look like a character form Breaking Bad, just trust me – it is for your own safety. 

When you mix lye with water, it heats and fumes up for about a minute.

If you don’t use the protection I described, it can cause a choking sensation in your throat. If this happens, don’t be afraid; this goes away in a few minutes. 

Always add lye to water, and stir right away – if it clumps at the bottom it can cause an explosion.

  • Allergies and Skin Reaction – Be very careful when using your ingredients in your simple soap making recipes.

If you haven’t come in contact with a certain ingredient before – I suggest checking to be sure you don't have any kind of skin reaction before using it in the recipe.

Dab a little bit on your skin, and wait a few hours, preferably 24 hours to see if you have any kind of reaction at all – itching or blemishes mean NO GO!

  • Follow  All the Steps of the Recipe – Now, we have all done this... we have all had that one moment of weakness where we listened to that little voice in our heads saying ‘oh, what can happen if I use some more/a bit less/skip this step/whisk instead of stir’ – Natural Soap Catastrophes- that’s what can happen! 

  • Use too little of an ingredient – Your soap will fall apart; use too much – your soap will fall apart, skip a step – your soap will fall apart. 

  • Don’t waste ingredients – You will be flustered if your soap falls apart, the environment will be flustered, the ingredients will be flustered, even your cats will be flustered – DON’T SKIP STEPS!

  • Read the Pros and Cons of Ingredients – In simple soap making, ingredients are very important. Some ingredients make your soap soft, some make it hard, some make it foamy, and some make it yellow – be sure to read the purpose of each ingredient before using it, or you may be disappointed. 

Be careful to use the right amount of oils and fats – too much can make a soap that is too soft; too little can make a soap hard as a rock.

  • Fragrance Oils – Smell really nice, but they may have a lot of chemicals – use the wrong ones and your soap will be natural no more! Also, be careful as they are not good for sensitive skin.

  • Essential Oils – are natural, but lose their scent easily. I know this was very frustrating for me at first, but when I combined them with little helper oils, it helped a great deal!

  • Colors – Colors are tricky to master. I’d say it is perhaps the trickiest part of the simple soap making process. For example, you might add some beet juice to your recipe and expect red, and what you get is – orange. Yeah, it can be a disappointment, but we learn from our mistakes!

  • Design Flaws – Soap bars can break, yes. If you take it out of your mold prematurely – it can crumble in your hands.

If you take it out too slowly – it can sometimes stick to the bottom – this only happens at the beginning, if you make a mistake with the amount of ingredients or the length of drying time.

  • The Finished Product – may not be what you envisioned. It may not be the color you wanted it to be, or the shape, or the texture, but remember – you can always do better. Keep that head up, and try again!

Happy Soapy to You......

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