Most body soaps in the market today are advertised as skin friendly and gentle. Most soap, however, still make use of lye. Lye is a highly caustic chemical compound that can cause skin to burn when taken raw. It is a combination of lime and calcium hydroxide. If you want a healthier soap option, try making your own lye-free soap.
Prepare the glycerin bars. Purchase glycerin bars from pharmaceuticals or specialty shops. If none are available in your area, you can also purchase glycerin blocks from the Internet. This will serve as the base for the soap. You need to cut these into small cubes. Consider the number of soap bars that you will make and the size of the soap bar molds that you will use when cutting the glycerin bars.
Melt. Take a large pot and spray the surface with nonstick spray. This coating will prevent the glycerin from sticking onto the surface of the pot. Take the pot onto a stove and turn on the stove to the lowest fire setting. Add in the chunks of glycerin slowly. Melt the chunks completely. Make sure, however, that you do not allow the mixture to boil, since this will damage the glycerin compound. You can also place the glycerin cubes in a deep bowl that is microwave safe. Turn the microwave on low heat for around 20 seconds, or until the glycerin chunks melt.
Add fragrance. Add fragrance for the glycerin bar. The bar will work as soap by itself, but it will not have the usual scents and fragrances that people associate with soap. Make your lye-free soap smell great by adding in fragrances. For a citrus scent, you can take orange or lemon rinds and remove the zest. Place this into the melted soap and stir well. You can also use sandalwood oil, or vanilla oil, which is readily available in many groceries and supermarkets.
Add other essential oils. If you want soap that is not only gentle on your skin but nourishing as well, you can also add other essential oils into the mixture. Add in a few teaspoons of body oil or plain baby oil and mix well. These oils will lock in the moisture into your skin after you take your bath. You can also decorate your soap by adding in other trinkets such as small and smooth beads. Add in food coloring if you want to add color to your soap.
Mold. Pour the molten soap into molds. The molds can be simple squares, or you can also use the molds as an opportunity to decorate the soap. Molds that come in animal shapes or fun heart shapes are available. Let the soap harden for a few hours before remove them from the mold. If the soap does not fall off the mold easily, you can freeze the tray for a few minutes.
Cover the soap with oiled paper and tie ribbons to seal the soap. Once this is done, you can give the soap to your friends as a gift, or you can use it for a healthy and chemical free bath.