How I created my product More complicated than anticipated I feel my facilitator did help me Needed ENAMEL pot Measuring everything exactly Dangers with lye, vinegar towel, and goggles Bringing the lye and oil to the same temperature was the hardest part Add together in the pot Constantly stirring and keeping at 100 degrees for 3 hours. (found a solution) Adding scented oils Saponification after being stirred Pour into greased Tupperware as a mold Let sit for 18 hours under a blanket (gradually cool to finish saponification) Let sit for 8-12 hours uncovered Cut soap into bars Let sit for another 30 days due to the lye still being active
Optional steps: Molding your soap Shave soap Melt down Superfat Pour into desired mold Adding scent oils
SaponificationBecomes a thick and creamy texture.
Problems Encountered Few problems Price and quantity of soap Time it took to stir and keep the temp at 100 degrees (stick blender) Lye would sometimes get on us Facilitator and I had conflicting schedules Oils had different melting points, I would melt them separately in the future. Getting the lye from 180 degrees to 100 degrees and melting the oils and getting them to exactly 100 degrees was very challenging, discovered the use of ice baths.
Stick blender!Through research we found it much more efficient to mix the oil and lye using a stick blender rather than a wooden stirrer. This made controlling the temp easier and saponification occur much faster.
In the future… I would not like to make homemade soap as a career because it was very difficult to sell the products and make any type of profit due to the cost of the materials, I would much rather go into the medical field. I did learn that large scale productions of these type of products are more economical, yet still may not be as beneficial to our health.