Step 5: Step 5 NOW we're Making Soap

Alternate turning the stick blender on for a couple minutes, and off (but still stirring with it) so you don't burn up the motor, until the mixture starts to thicken. This can take anywhere from 10 minutes to MUCH longer depending on the oils you are using, and IF you are stirring by hand or useing the blender.

Mix until you get to a TRACE stage......this is a cooking term that is used with things like pudding. It means you can see where you have just stirred......it leaves a little trail for a split second. Don't rush it

Once you are at this point quickly mix in the castor, and almond oils, AND the coffee grounds. Mix well, then pour the whole mixture into your mold using your scraper to get it all.

Cover the mold with either the plastic wrap or the rest of the plastic garbage bag.....pressing the extra air out.

Put the mold in the oven (or where ever you have decided to put it) on the towel or blanket, and cover it. Leave it for about 24 hours
I made this but tweeted it a but and made it hot process and spit it in half. I did half coffee flavor and the other half cinnamon then piped hot soap on top then sprinkled with coffee grounds. smells just like cinnamon coffee!!
kinda strange looks like the soap I make,even the silicon mould is the same.<br>keep up the good work.
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thank you! great idea to use coffee. i will try this! <br><br>for everybody else making soap: when she says wear googles <br>WEAR GOGGLES!!<br><br>i made soap last summer and didn't wear my goggles when i was stirring the lye water mixture, and some splashed up and miraculously landed in my eyeballs and I ended up in the ER, and those retards had no idea what to give me (it was incredibly disappointing, they had no concept of pH values, no idea what lye or sodium hydroxide was, nor had they an eyewash station or dilution to neutralize the caustic chemical reaction that was continuing to damage my tissues while i waited for a doctor. they gave me 2 opiate eyedrops, and didn't tell me they would charge me $200 a drop. i would have done better going to a high school biology lab). 5 hours later i had micro tears in my cornea and pain-killing and antibiotic eyedrops that burned like hell! $2300 later...<br><br>to prevent this from happening to you - wear goggles. and if you're clumsy or accident prone like me - in addition to the safety glasses - have a gallon or two of a mild acidic dilution ready to dump on your eyes to stop the reaction (and THEN flood with fresh saline solution to neutralize your eyeball's pH) instead of flooding with irritating tap water for 60 minutes like i had to do because i didn't take preventative measures. <br>does anybody have any better DIY fixes for lye in the eye?<br><br>totally worth it though. homemade soap has no equal :)<br>
Nice job! I have actually used this recipe before and love it. Funny how coffee can take kitchen smells from your hands. <br>also glad you listed some websites for the lye calculators.
I love this! Thanks for sharing. These guys look so pretty and old fashioned! <br>Sunshiine
Thanks for saying so.....I REALLY like grinding the soap up (while it's only 24 hr old, and still soft) and making it into soap balls, but for some reason my DH only likes bars ;-( <br> <br>Next time I make soap I may tell him I'm making it into balls so I can do another INSTRUCTABLE! <br> <br>I hope you try this......you'll LOVE having it in the kitchen, and so will your family and friends, since you'll be &quot;sharing&quot; with them I'm sure!
I have made soap in the past but did not know of the lye calculator. I'm sure this will yield a nicer soap when finished.<br><br>I will probably give this a try since it is winter :)<br><br>Great instructable
BTW I lived most of my adult life in Colorado.......first in Colorado Springs, and later in Boulder County! I started making soap in Colorado will living out in the country! I also made my own &quot;stain stick&quot;, and laundry soap out of a &quot;lye heavy&quot; batch of soap, instead of throwing it away.......Now I wish I could duplicate it!
I found instructables a few years back when I was still living in Michigan. I love colorado and want to stay a long time.<br><br>p.s. I found this site that might be of interest to you as they have a soap vendor or two. denverurbanhomsteading.com<br><br>Peace, Bryan
I have never made it without using the calculator! Both of the sites I listed have great customer service. I've used several recipes from MMS, and have called them with questions......they're great! Both sites are very reputable <br> <br>IF you give it a try let me know how it comes out. I have another recipe ifn you're interested.......VERY creamy, and makes your skin feel super
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Fantastic tutorial! Thank you for sharing this.

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