This is my "Easy Margerine Soap!" Using Margarine is no different than using Soybean Oil for soap (Margarine IS Soybean Oil). This will not work with just any Margarine. You have to use "Baking Margarine," just make sure the wrapper says: 100% Vegetable Oil. Otherwise... using a different type will not work with this method.
This is a very easy soap to make. Why use Margerine? It's cheap as dirt... it provides a good medium to learn the soap-making rules, & it makes a good decent bar of soap (win=win). I will not be held liable if you injure yourself. Please follow the instructions very carefully.
Easy Margarine Soap
This tutorial is designed to teach the soap-making process without breaking your pocket book. Don't try to sell this soap online; it's only for your personal use or as a gift to friends. "Margarine Soap" is a novelty, and not intended for commercial use.
Glass Scientific Vessel (or Jar)
Oven Safe Pan
3/4 cup of Lye
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
3 pounds of Margarine (Baking Margarine 100% Vegetable Oil [Soybean Oil])
BIG TIME NOTE OF POTENTIAL DANGER, PAIN, DISFIGUREMENT, AILMENT, IMPAIRMENT, and/or TERRIBLE-NESS:
Lye is extremely CAUSTIC! It can cause severe chemical burns. If this is your first time using Lye, treat it as if it is radioactive... be respectful of this substance. ALWAYS keep a jug of Vinegar handy, as it chemically deactivates Lye. Use a plethora of Vinegar if ever the "Lye Water" spills on the floor, you, or a kid...
ATTENTION!: If splashed with a LARGE amount of "Lye Water," pour water (a lot of running water) over the area, then apply Vinegar.
ATTENTION!: When splashed by a tiny amount of "Lye Water," it starts as a subtle itch; if your hands, arms, or face start itching; dowse immediately in Vinegar. If "Lye Water" is spilled on the floor Do Not Mop It Up Or Dilute It With Water. First... DEACTIVATE it with Vinegar, let it sit for a few minutes; this converts the Lye and Vinegar into harmless salt water, then mop it up.
If you have a scale, measure the Lye by weight (220 G). If not; VERY CAREFULLY measure out 3/4 cup and triple check it. Using your funnel, pour 3/4 cup of Crystallized Lye into your vessel, or jar. Use Gloves.They're Neat. Measure out 1 1/2 (330 Grams) cups of water (it's best to use distilled water, but purified or filtered water will do) and pour into your vessel.
Using a funnel, pour the Lye into the water vessel. Again, lye is Caustic. Don't allow Lye any opportunities to burn you, women dig scars... but... they hurt like hell.
During the (initial) chemical reaction between the Lye and water there will be fumes. These fumes are distressing... Don't let the fumes near your eyes (GOGGLES), nor allow yourself to inhale them. Place the "Lye Water" under the ventilation fan of your stove for a few minutes, when the water turns clear, it will stop 'fuming.' You will need to either agitate the water or stir it to keep chunks of lye from adhering to the base of the vessel.
Melt your margarine at a Medium-High heat, add one tablespoon of Olive Oil, this is imperative. The Olive Oil hardens the final soap product, without it you will have a very soft soap that will disintegrate quickly in water. When the margarine is 3/4 melted; turn the heat off and remove from the burner. Check the margarine for temperature with the thermometer, it should be close to 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Check the "Lye Water" for temperature, it should be around 175 degrees Fahrenheit. We will need to cool it down. Put a plug in your sink, turn on the cold water, toss in a couple trays of ice cubes, then gently place the vessel of "Lye Water" in the ice bath. Make sure the level of ice water is on the same level as the "Lye Water."
When both "Lye Water" and Margarine are roughly 97-100 degrees Fahrenheit, mix frabjously with a Stick Blender. "Margarine Soap" doesn't trace as quickly as you see in my other tutorial "Simple Shortening Soap," it takes a bit more work. You'll need to blend industriously for 5 minutes; then let the solution rest for five minutes. After doing this, blend tenaciously for another 5-10 minutes; the soap should "Trace," becoming a somewhat thick pudding substance.
After "Trace" place your masterpiece into whatsoever mold you desire. After 12 hours have elapsed you can cut it into bars.