Making your own soap! Part 1: Ingredients

Making your own soap! Part 1: Ingredients
One of our most popular products is our handmade, all natural soaps. Many of our customers write us and ask how we make our soaps, and if they can make their own at home. As much as we would love for everyone to simply purchase our soaps directly, we support the idea of people learning to make their own natural products at home, and this is why we also sell raw materials for soap making (essential oils, exfoliants like kratom (mitragyna speciosa), and assorted natural coloring agents. The end result can be a wonderful soap for your family that you can take pride in, knowing you made it yourself, with natural, organic, and safe ingredients. In a world where companies are turning to harsh chemicals to keep costs down, and organic/natural products are costing more and more, it makes sense to empower yourself and begin making your own soaps.

So, today we will be talking about the ingredients that are used in the process, what they do, and what options exist for different types of soaps, based on your specific needs. Everyone loves relaxing in a nice hot bath, helping to reduce your stress, relax your muscles, and give yourself an overall sense of comfort and well being. Add your own homemade soap into the mix, and you've got perfection.

In our soaps, there are some general, basic ingredients we use. Of course, we produce our soaps in larger batches, and you may be looking to produce smaller batches. So, for this article and recipes to follow, we will base our ingredients on enough to make about 15 bars of soap.

Our soaps contain natural oils, for moisturizing, firming and lathering purposes. A few examples of these would be olive oil, palm oil, and coconut oil. Of course, you can use any oils you'd like, but these are the ones we will be working with for this exercise. For moisturizing, we also recommend something like shea butter, which is an excellent natural product that can help keep your skin moist and healthy. A lot of people cringe when they hear about Lye (sodium hydroxide) being used in soaps, but it is a necessary component for saponification, and does not remain in the soap after it performs this critical function. 

For most of your ingredients, you can likely purchase all of them locally. Some of the specifics are up to you, extra virgin, organic, etc. Of course, if you plan on making a lot of soap, you can save money by purchasing your ingredients in bulk. Keep in mind, the soap we will be making will be unscented and uncolored, for simplicity. You can look into many of the different essential oils and natural colors to make your soap your own!


18.5 ounces Olive oil / great natural oil used for moisturizing.

12 ounces Coconut oil / popular and used for many things, including fantastic lather.

13.5 ounces water / we use distilled water or spring water, but filtered or even tap water is fine.

9 ounces Palm oil /  great for making sure your soap is firm, even when wet!

5.8 ounces Lye (sodium hydroxide) / necessary for saponification but does not remain in soap.

4 ounces of Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) - for exfoliant (can be adjusted for better scrubbing).

1 ounce Shea butter / provides extra moisturizing and texture.

Again, these are quantities meant for the production of about 50 small bars of soap. You can adjust them as necessary and use substitutions if you'd like. You can also add scents and colors and other exfoliants. This is just a basic example.

So, next week we will dive into what tools are necessary for soap making. In the meantime, you can research and figure out exactly what you want out of your soap, figure out what ingredients you want to add or change in this recipe, and get ready to start making your very own soaps, with products from your friends at K Botanicals!

See you next time and thanks for reading. 

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