If you are looking for a more natural alternative to commercial soap, than making your own is a great option. It is easy to make, cost effective and you can be really creative in what you make. This basic recipe came from Buzzle.
- 3 cups pure olive oil
- 2 cups water
- ¾ cup lye crystals
First, pour 2 cups water in a glass mixing bowl or heat-proof container, and slowly add the lye crystals to it. While adding the lye crystals, be sure to keep stirring the mixture, so that the lye crystals get dissolved completely. Allow the mixture to cool down. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a pan at a low flame till it reaches a temperature of 98° to 100°F.
Wait for the temperature of the lye solution and the oil to become equal, after which pour the lye solution slowly into the oil, and keep stirring the mixture while doing so. When the mixture becomes thicker, pour it into the soap mold, and cover it with a lid or parchment paper. Cover the mold with blanket to keep the mixture warm.
Let the mixture remain undisturbed for about 18 hours, after which remove the blanket. Wait for another few hours before removing the soap from the mold. After removing the soap from the mold, cut it into different shapes. Now, keep the soap bars in a cool and well-ventilated area for about two weeks before using them.