Soap making is a very rewarding hobby, and you never run out of uses for well made soap. Soap in general is easy to make, but it needs to be done with extra love and care when you will be using it for babies. Here are the steps with which you can make the baby soap that can last long and keep your baby's skin soft, smooth and clean:
Soap type. There are two major types of soaps for babies. You have the liquid soap and the solid soap. You can try both, but for starters, you can mix liquid soap first as this is the easiest. The creaminess of liquid soap also fosters easier use on baby skin. A favorite for baby soaps is olive oil melt as it is highly organic and gentle on the skin. Other ingredients include chamomile, avocado oil, calendula and evening primrose. Mold
Ingredients. The primary ingredient of any soap is the base. You can start with a few pounds of soap base and then venture into making larger quantities later on. Materials in the soap base include glycerin, sodium salt, water and lye. For mixtures, it is recommended that you use distilled water to ensure top quality even in the water element.
Heat. Heating the mixed ingredients together turns the whole mix into a single element. It liquefies the solution and makes it easier to pour on your mold.
. Surround your mold first with freezer paper or plastic wrap to prevent the difficulty of removing soap remnants when your mixture solidifies. This is where the soap will "hibernate" until it is actually ready for use. Aside from getting a good mold, find a storage space in your home where you can place your mold. Essences
. Once settled on the mold, you are now in the perfect position to add essences that will enhance the scent of your baby soap. An example of such essence is the lavender oil that has a calming and relaxing effect. If you have the time, the best way to ensure the best and organic essence is by means of crushing it directly from the leaves of plants with aromatherapy. Commercially prepared oils are much easier to add but they are already processed with a lot of chemicals as well. Coloring also comes in but it is best to keep the soap making as natural as possible. Shaping
. Use a sharp knife to carve your soap once it solidifies, especially if you are still not satisfied with the shape of your mold. You can add finishing touches to the soap with the knife such as carved designs in the center for solid soap. Packaging
. Your packaging can turn your baby soap into more than just a personal project but an opportunity for enterprise. You can be as creative as you want with your packaging, especially if you will be using your baby soap for group events such as souvenirs in baby showers.
Enjoy making different types of baby soap in time by experimenting with different levels of oils and essences in your main mixture. Also, try to check the back label of commercially sold baby soaps and see if you can get a hold of the same materials to incorporate a certain scent to the soap that you are making.