Soap can be designs in many different ways due to its many properties. One aspect of soap that can easily be changed is color. Aside from this, the small and basic properties of soap can also be easily modified to suit your preferences. Making a design for the soap may be the hardest but with enough creativity and practice, this will also come naturally and soap making will be a lot easier.
With all of the different properties of soap that you can manipulate, you would think that it is a very hard process to do. On the contrary, it is a fairly easy process that even small children can learn and take this up as a hobby, as long as the correct protective equipment is worn with adult supervision.
You will need to obtain your main ingredients, which are oil and lye. in addition to these, you may want to use other ingredients such as dyes, and fragrant oils to add to the appeal of your soap and give it the properties that you like. The tools that you will need are bowls, mixing tools, molds, and protective equipment to prevent yourself from getting injured due to contact with lye.
Before starting with the soap making process, you also have to have knowledge about how much of each ingredient you will need. You will need to do research on the different recipes that you can use for making soap. Changing the quantity of each type of oil that you use can greatly alter the properties of your soap. You may also want to decide whether you are going to use the cold or hot process of soap making.
After doing your research, you are now ready to start making your own soap. Once you have your protective gear on, you may start dissolving your lye in water. When the lye is fully dissolved, you can now add your oil so that the mixture can undergo saponification.
Once the ingredients are completely mixed, you can already add your other ingredients such as coloring dyes to give your soap the color that you prefer. When you are finally satisfied with your soap mixture, you may now pour this into different molds to give them the shape that you want.
Once the soap has hardened, you may now take it out from the molds and make some adjustments in order to produce the design that you want. The soap will still need to be aged, especially if you used the cold process so that it can fully harden before it will be ready for use. This usually takes about four weeks.
After aging, your soap is now ready to use. You may put it in your bathroom and use it when you shower, or you can just put it beside your sink to enhance the design of your bathroom. You also have the option of giving these out as gifts if you can already make soaps with excellent designs.