Homemade soap

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  1. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Something new to me. Thought about trying for years but never got around to it but I started playing around over Christmas.
    Anyway here is the lye/oil soap that I made today...
    10.5 ounce of coconut oil, soybean oil (vegetable), and shea butter.
    You need to melt the solid fats. I do it on the stove top over low heat.

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    Next the lye/water mix. 119 grams of lye with 8 ounces of water.
    The lye goes in to the water not the other way. If you add water to lye you are going to have a bit of excitement going on.

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    Add to the water and stir constantly. The lye solution will heat up to anywhere between 170 and 190 degrees. Do it over a good exhaust fan or outside. Not a pleasant thing to breathe in.

    You need to cool both the oil and the lye mixture down to around 100 degrees. It has to be between 90 and 110 to work correctly. I submerge the pans in an ice bath and stir until the temp drops.

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    It doesn't really matter which you do first but they both have to be at a similar temp before you mix them.
    Once they are both cooled use a submersion blender in the oil and slowly add the lye solution.


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    Add in fragrance once it starts to come together a bit.

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    Blend until you get a thick pudding like consistency.

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    Dish into a mold.

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    Smooth it out and throw it in the oven at 150 for three hours. Shut off the oven and let it cool over night. It will be ready to slice in the morning.
    It is best to let it dry out on a rack after it is slice for a few days. It will harden up and last longer that way.

    Thanks Mountainman for helping out with this one. :)
     
  2. Major Myc

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    very cool!
     
  3. EvilMushroom666

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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

    Making soap is something I have also wanted to do for a long time, perhaps I will toss it in with the next cycle of hobbies:p
     
  4. Wonder Girl

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    You started the wheels spinning in my head Jeff haha. Very cool of you and MountainMan's help.
     
  5. EvilMushroom666

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    Would be cool to add some pumice into the soap, I find that regular soap never takes all the dirt oil and other stuff off my hands from work. I always am meaning to get some auto shop soap but like many other things in life never get around to it.
     
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  7. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    I was expecting a :rex: from you bro. lol
     
  8. BurstKernel

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    Totally awesome! I've been so lazy these days, but this has been on my list of fun projects.
     
  9. EvilMushroom666

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    I have heard of homemade soaps made with infusions of cannabis oil as well...catch a buzz while making suds;-) Would be interesting for those who partake for sure lol.
     
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    Professor PinHead Lost in the Tek.... Administrator Mushroom Doctor Cannabis Doctor Supporter

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    :hmmm: I have a bottle of cannabis oil just sitting around.....

    You guys are bad! Now you have me sitting here thinking about making cannasoap! :facepalm:
     
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    I'm gonna try this for my hands...
     
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    don't forget to send my pics out hace, I'm heading out to buy looser fitting pants after I type this....:meow:
     
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    Jeff... I'm disappointed in you :(

    I can't believe you didn't process your own lye from hardwood ash... You didn't even render your own fat from freshly butchered livestock that you dressed out in the back yard :facepalm:





    Eh; that is just to distract you from my embarrassment of not having made any myself :embarrassed:
     
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    I think a tek is in order HS :)
     
  16. Jeff

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    The fat is coming. Probably not the ash though. Too unpredictable. :)
     
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    Cool stuff Jeff
     
  19. 3sheets

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    Nice. I did the same thing. Leftover lye from the D.
    Ohh haha except I used leftover bacon grease for bacon soap
     
  20. mountainman61

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    Great Job Jeff!
    We haven't had store bought soap in years.
    Once you make your own...you'll never go back.
    My favorite is just plain ole lard/lye soap with no scent.