Beyond. Health and Wellness Magazine May 2016 - Page 13

First, protect everything. It is a good idea to make sure that you only use all of this equipment for soap making since it will come in contact with lye. Some people will say that you can wash it well and still be okay, but we recommend only to use this equipment for soap making. Cover your work area with newspaper. Put your gloves and other protective wear on. Measure your water into the glass bowl. Have the long handle spoon ready. Measure your lye exactly. Go outside or in a well ventilated area and slowly pour the lye into the water, stirring as you go. Make sure not to breath the fumes and stir slowly. It is very important to make sure to add the lye to the water and not the other way around. The mixture should go from cloudy to clear. Put it aside for 5-10 minutes. When both the lye and oils are at the right temperature, pour the oils into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the lye, stirring until it’s all mixed. Stir by hand for a full 5 minutes. It’s very important to get as much of the lye in contact with as much of the soap as possible. After about 5 minutes, you can keep stirring or you can use an immersion blender. The soap mixture will lighten in color and become thick. When it looks like a light pudding it’s at “trace” and you’re good to go. Add your herbs, essential oils or other additions at this point. Stir thoroughly to combine. Pour the mixture into mold(s) and cover with plastic wrap. Set in an old towel and wrap it up. This will keep the residual heat in and start the saponification process. Saponification is the process of the base ingredients becoming soap.