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Create Your Own Soap Making Recipe

Once youíve mastered the basics of soap making, itís fun to create your own recipes. First, you have to decide what method of soap making youíre going to make. Are you going to use the cold process method (with lye), the rebatched/handmilled method or the melt and pour method? Next, what kind of soap do you want to make? For example, prettily molded hand soap or moisturizing soap to use in the bath or shower? Are you going to superfat your soap? Superfatting is when you add additional fatty oils after saponification to make a richer, creamier soap. There are all kinds of different oils you can use in superfatting, including shea butter and cocoa butter. What color do you want your soap? What do you want your soap to smell like? What shape and size mold do you want to use? These are important questions to consider. Do you want to include additives such as oatmeal, flower petals or glitter? Once youíve carefully crafted your own recipe and written instructions, have all the ingredients and equipment necessary, itís time to start making your soap. Now donít forget you have to allow time for the soap to set and cure. If youíre making cold process soap, this take two weeks. On the other hand, making soap using the melt and pour method only takes a few hours to set, even less if you put it in the refrigerator! If you plan on giving your soap to friends and family, theyíre sure to be impressed by the fact that you made the soap yourself, using your own recipe! If you know they like a specific scent, shapes or colors, you can tailor make the soap to their liking, eg, making lavender seashells for someone who likes seashells and lavender fragrance. Itís really satisfying to make soap using your own recipe. Once youíve mastered the art of soap making, or even enjoying the process of mastering it, you may find it hard to stop!

Bath and Body Tip #3

As well as soft fluffy towels, having PJs, slippers or a warm robe ready for when you hop out the bath saves you the trouble of trying to find clothes just when you're relaxed.

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