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Many people shy away from making soap from scratch because they’re leery of working with lye. I totally understand. Until this summer I was one of those people.
Jan of The Nerdy Farm Wife explains how you can use melt and pour soap bases without dealing with preparing a lye mixture. They are pre-made soap bases that already contain sodium hydroxide (lye). One issue with melt and pour soap bases is many of them have additives that you can avoid if you make soap from scratch with lye. However, melt and pour soap bases usually contain fewer chemicals and additives than commercial soaps. So it’s really a trade-off.
Jan presents a great tutorial on making soap with a melt and pour soap base. She explains how to melt the soap base. Then she covers all of the different things you can add to the melted soap base: flower petals, natural colorants, honey, oatmeal, herbs, and essential oils. Finally she shares her source for melt and pour soap base.
It’s really a terrific article that offers people an easier way to make homemade soap. To see the complete article visit the How to Make Soap Without Lye (Sort of) link below.