I know NOTHING about soap making, I'm a total & complete newb!
For my birthday, last July the husband gave me ingredients for making my own cleaning / beauty products. One of the ingredients he gave me was glycerine. Today I finally decided to make something with it. So here's how it all played out.
I knew I wanted to color it & add pretty things. I did a little tiny bit of reserach on this & wasn't really happy with what I found. The husband had a great idea to make the color myself suggesting I juice the cabbage in the fridge. I thought that was a great idea except I didn't want purple, I wanted green so I decided to juice kale instead.
The kale juice is like food coloring, it doesn't take much.
I then pulled out my essential oils & pulled some herbs off of the plants I brought in for the winter, specifically rosemary & thyme.
I also wanted a milky oatmeal type soap so I figured I would open a can of coconut milk & try adding that to the glycerine. (I read that using adding a little coconut milk can help make the soap harder & last longer). I also opened up a chai tea bag to use the dried herbs & such.
I took the chunks of glycerine and estimated how much would be needed to fill my molds, I then microwaved it at 15 second intervals until it was melted. I used a glass pyrex measuring dish & a wooden spoon for this process.
I then poured the melted glycerine it into the molds and promptly added my color, oils & textured items. It sets up pretty quick.
The left is patchouli / orange with a little coconut milk.
The center is rosemary eucalyptus.
The right is coconut milk, oatmeal, chai & lavender.
I decided I wanted to use up more of my canned coconut milk so I poured it into into a small loaf dish, approximately 1/3 of the dish. I then melted more glycerine and added it to the dish while mixing in lots of oats, thyme and lavender. I sprayed the dish with vegetable spray, hopefully I can get it out, its taking longer to set up :)
Well thats that, I suppose my next step is to make soap with lye, I think process is a bit more complicated :)