>> Lye Free
No bathroom would be complete without soap and making your own should be fun not toxic. Most DIY soap-making recipes contain an ingredient called lye.
Sounds harmless enough, however it's a chemical compound known as sodium hydroxide, and is harmful. It can burn the skin, cause blindness, is fatal if swallowed, and when mixed with heat is highly flammable.
Makes several bars
Shelf life: 12 months
3 pre-cut vegetable glycerine chunks (found online)
15 or more drops of essential oil of choice
Vegetable oil cooking spray
Dried flowers, herbs, spices, and leaves
Soap moulds – small cups or trays in various sizes (silicone works best)
Make a double boiler by placing a small glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Allow the water to lap at the bowl, but not to flow over the edges of the pan.
Add the glycerine chucks to the bowl and allow them to melt to a clear liquid.
Gently stir in your choice of essential oil. You can add more or less depending on how strong you'd like the scent, but do be mindful of the appropriate dilution for each oil; always ready the safety label on the bottle.
Spray the soap mould with the vegetable oil. You can use a loaf tin if you don't have a mould.
Arrange the desired petals, herbs, and leaves in the moulds then pour the glycerine mixture into the mould.
Allow to cool and harden for about 3 hours or until completely solidified. Then pop out the soap with your fingers. If you used a loaf tin, then cut the soap into individual bars at whatever size you prefer.
*It's best not to stir the glycerine too much while it's melting, as you'll end up with bubbles and cloudy soap.
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