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When making homemade soap, it’s important to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Wear gloves, goggles, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin from splashes. Work in a well-ventilated area and keep vinegar or lemon juice on hand to neutralize any spills.

What if I Don’t Want to Use Lye for Soap Making?

It is not possible to make soap without lye, as lye is a necessary ingredient in the soap-making process. Lye, also known as sodium hydroxide, is what causes a chemical reaction with oils or fats to create soap.

However, there are some methods of making soap that don’t require handling lye directly, such as using pre-made melt-and-pour soap bases.

Here are a few simple homemade soap recipes for the natural homesteader!

Oatmeal and Honey Soap Recipe (With Lye)

Natural Soap recipe to make with your harvested honey. This is the “with Lye” version. Lye is available online. There is also a soap base version with no lye if…

Soap Recipe 2: Lavender and Rosemary Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 500g olive oil
  • 200g coconut oil
  • 300g water
  • 125g lye
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary leaves
  • 20-30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10-15 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Follow the same instructions as the basic soap recipe, but add the dried lavender and rosemary to the pot with the oils before heating.
  2. After the soap has reached trace, add the essential oils and mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a soap mold and let it sit for 24-48 hours before cutting into bars.
  4. Allow the bars to cure for at least 4-6 weeks before using.

Soap Recipe 5: Pure Lavender

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. shea butter soap base
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds
  • 20-30 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Cut the shea butter soap base into small cubes and melt in a double boiler or microwave, stirring frequently.
  2. Once the soap is melted, add the dried lavender buds and essential oil, and stir well.
  3. Pour the soap mixture into a soap mold and let it cool and harden for several hours.
  4. Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold and cut it into bars.
  5. Store the bars in an airtight container until ready to use.

Soap Recipe 6: Cinnamon Spice Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. goat’s milk soap base
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 10-15 drops of cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Cut the goat’s milk soap base into small cubes and melt in a double boiler or microwave, stirring frequently.
  2. Once the soap is melted, add the ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon essential oil, and stir well.
  3. Pour the soap mixture into a soap mold and let it cool and harden for several hours.
  4. Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold and cut it into bars.
  5. Store the bars in an airtight container until ready to use.

Note: While these recipes don’t require the handling of lye, it’s important to follow all safety precautions when melting and pouring the soap bases, as they can become very hot and cause burns.

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