I have developed a belief that I should create (and maintain) most of the things I use and be self-sufficient (Gandhi’s Poorna Swaraj, if you will). I have been able to do it for some things.
In this post, I am sharing with you, my journey of making my own soap.
Initially I went with a basic recipe of:
Water + Coconut oil + Lye (Sodium Hydroxide).
The first iteration:
Later, I tried adding various colours and fragrances. And instead of using only coconut oil, I changed to using vegetable oil (70%) + coconut oil (30%).
- Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- Vegetable oil
- Coconut oil
- Hand-held blender
- Kitchen scale
I was finally able to make a decent soap! Good for me!
When I was trying this stuff, I even had plans to start a soap-making business. 😄
I brainstormed the following brand names, each of them subconsciously derived from existing brands:
- SoapX (SpaceX)
- Soapranos (Sopranos)
- SoapStudio (CokeStudio)
I dropped this business idea later on. In retrospect, it’s good that I did, coz I now spend my time running Amer Academy, my own psychological counseling centre.
This soap experience has been extremely fulfilling, knowing that I am self-sufficient, atleast in this tiny way.
Do give it a try, as the process is just moderately challenging.