Chemistry in the Kitchen! How to make soap

Making soap at home is easy and a lot of fun!

I have been making soap for years and it is a wonderful, mild, moisturising product – and you can make it too! – especially as we are all washing our hands a lot these days!

Hand made soap

This recipe is designed for the kitchen cabinet – it needs just 3 ingredients:

  • 2 oils – light olive oil and coconut nut oil –  both easy to find in your supermarket
  • Caustic soda  –  find this at a good hardware store.

The materials and equipment are probably already in your kitchen cupboard:

  • Apron
  • Washing up gloves
  • Eye protection
  • A bottle of vinegar
  • Digital scales
  • Stainless steel saucepan
  • 2 plastic jugs – 500ml minimum
  • small glass
  • stainless steel spoons
  • A plastic spatula
  • Stick blender
  • Plastic box with lid

A note of caution

Caustic soda will corrode many materials so it is important to make sure that your utensils and equipment are either plastic and stainless steel.

For your safety wear an apron, gloves and eye protection.

 

The recipe

  • 500g light olive oil
  • 300g solid coconut oil
  • 117g caustic soda (sodium hydroxide)
  • 250ml cold water

Please watch the video that will take you step-by-step through the process. It is ‘a must watch’ before you start!

If you have enjoyed the video and would like to learn more about soap making you can join my online course here:

Chemistry in the Kitchen £15.00

Topics covered are:

  • Saponification – the chemistry of soap
  • Choosing oils and fats
  • Essential oils
  • Colouring soap
  • Make a Palm Christie soap
  • Design your own soap recipe and how to use lye calculators
  • Labelling and packaging

The course includes downloadable information pages and worksheets.

 

Creating an online course

I’ve been designing an online course for several months and it is finally published and I have lovely, talented students from several parts of the world working through it.

It has been a BIG learning journey for me and one I have really enjoyed.

There has been much to figure out when it comes to:

  • Setting up my studio

Small desk set up for close work

  • Lighting
  • Videoing
  • Recording and editing
  • Audio presentations
  • Screen shots and video
  • AND First – finding the right Online Platform for me!

Large table set up

So….. I thought I would write a course about how I went about setting up mine and how I got round the problems I encountered along the way.

A point though – all the online course platform sites have their own excellent, and free, courses on ‘How to create your online course’. These are very good and will get you on your way. However there were lots of things I had to figure for myself…..

….for example:

When I filmed my first videos, on my iPhone, I could not see what I was filming – hence very often my hands migrated off the screen mid-demonstration! I discovered Mirroring Apps that let me view my video, on my Mac screen, while the iPhone did the actual filming – I could literally keep an eye on what I was doing! Eureka moment!

I’m hoping this course will help others, especially non-techie artists and craftsmen like me, to create their own online workshops and teach the world their amazing skills.

Would value some feedback!

I’ll post my views about the Course Platforms I have researched..