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Lushious soaps made with... beer!
Making cold process soap is fun. It's not easy but also not too difficult. You have to work safely and precisely. NaOH and lye solution cause serious damages to your skin. Wear gloves, longs leeves and safety glasses.

This tutorial (recipe from Soap Queen) is for experienced soap makers. If you are a beginner, please read more about making soap before you start: http://www.brambleberry.com/Cold-Process-Soaps-W2C146.aspx.

Making cold proces soap is not a suitable craft for children.

Posted by Marieke from Espel, Flevoland, The Netherlands • Published See Marieke's 165 projects »
  • How to make soap. Handmade Soap - Step 1
    Step 1

    First you make lye by mixing beer and natrium hydroxide (NaOH). It's very important that you mix them in the right proportion.

    61.5 grams NaOH
    138 ml beer

    Slowly add the NaOH to the beer while stirring.

  • How to make soap. Handmade Soap - Step 2
    Step 2

    Slowly melt your oils. Once both oils and lye are about 50 degrees CELCIUS, slowly add the lye to the oils.

    Use a stick blender untill light trace. Add your choice of fragrance and other desired additions.

    Split mixture in two, add dried sea weed and dead sea mud powder to one part.

  • How to make soap. Handmade Soap - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pour the soap in molds.

  • How to make soap. Handmade Soap - Step 4
    Step 4

    Remove from mold hafter 24 h.

  • How to make soap. Handmade Soap - Step 5
    Step 5

    The color will look like mustard first but it fades. I stamped my soaps after 48 hours.

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Marieke · Espel, Flevoland, NL · 166 projects
Thanks! It's also called Natrium Hydroxide (NaOH) though. That's the official Dutch term for it. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natriumhydroxide
Rachel P.
Rachel P. · East Haddam, Connecticut, US · 5 projects
NaOH is Sodium Hydroxide but either way looks awesome!