Easiest Soap DIY: Olive Oil or Castile Soap / Best Anti-Aging Soap
Hello again! As always I try to bring you the easiest DIYs that have the most benefits for your skin. That is the case of this next recipe, I’ll show you how to make an all purpose soap with a very easy and quick recipe. It’s very easy because it only requires two ingredients: Olive Oil and Lye. Anyone can make it, no experience required and you probably already have most of the ingredients at home. Olive Oil is rich in Vitamin E and it is very moisturising, so it is a great addition to our skincare routine if you are already using the Vitamin C Serum which I show you how to make in another video.
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Vitamin E helps in the renovation of Vitamin C in your skin, making the Vitamin C last longer in our skin, which in turn increases the collagen production, which is the building block of our skin. It is very important that the oil is extra virgin, and if it’s cold pressed even better, that’s the only way to make sure that it still has all the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. This oil right here is made by a friend of mine, see how different it is from other oils you find in the stores. This is how olive oil should look like, unrefined, handmade, with flaws. This is store extra virgin olive oil, and this is plain store olive oil.
If you aren’t from Europe I cannot really make this oil get to you without an exaggerated shipping cost but since I’ve seen that lots of people from the US and India are watching (and thank you for watching) I have selected the best olive oil in your amazon stores and left the link in the description! Otherwise you can find the full soap DIY pack in my website! If your normal hand soap irritates your skin or dries your hands after many uses, try this one! Not only will it clean, but it will also moisturize.
It is not just a hand soap, use it for your face or in the shower for your whole body! It’s great for people with sensitive skin or acne, and it’s even suitable for babies! Yes, this soap is completely vegan and with a few modifications in the recipe we could even make it completely natural. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to make a DIY tutorial on how to make it without using store-bought Lye, but using the original ingredients from centuries ago: olive oil and wood ashes, it’s a really fun project!
Let’s talk about lye for a second before going any further. Well Lye or Sodium Hydroxide is a chemical that you can find in any supermarket and it has many uses, for example, in food like pretzels and it is also used basically in every single soap. When we mix the lye with an oil or fat, a chemical reaction takes place called saponification, and we get soap and glycerine.
Because all the lye is used in this reaction, there will be absolutely no lye in the soap. Lye in the pure form isn’t dangerous if, we handle it with care. So: goggles, long sleeves and gloves.
There are some other things you have to consider, like working under the kitchen hood, which I’m not going to do for filming purposes, instead I’m going to open a couple windows, or having vinegar near you, so please follow the safety recommendations below in the description. Take your time and read them again right before using the lye. We’ll first measure 150mL or ⅔ of a cup of water in a heat resistant container. We need that because lye reacts with water and produces heat, that’s why we want to slowly add 58 grams of lye to the water, and not the water to the lye. Even heat resistant glass like pyrex can break after a few years of soapmaking, so if you plan on making many batches, use stainless steel or thick plastic.
Keep mixing until it has fully dissolved (the mix should be clear like water again), keep checking the temperature while adding the lye. Let the mix cool down to about 55ºC (130F) My thermometer just broke so I’m going to do something that you SHOULD NOT do at home, which is checking the temperature with my hand. If the temperature is okay to the touch but still hot, then it means it’s about 50ºC.
Okay so we are ready to start! Once it reaches that temperature, mix the lye with 500 mL of olive oil. And… well That’s pretty much your soap right there, that’s basically all you have to do.
It will slowly start “tracing”, which means it will go from very liquid to kind of pasty. How fast it traces will depend on what you are using to mix. A blender will make it trace much faster (in about 2 min). Mixing it manually can take in between 30min to 2h.
In other soaps, timing is essential since if it traces too much then it is very difficult to pour into molds, but since this soap is made purely of Olive Oil it will trace slower, so you don’t need to rush anything, take your time. If you want, you can add some essential oils for a final touch: I like lavender for example. Mix… and ready to pour into the mold. You can basically use anything: an oven tray, a carton of milk split in half… Just make sure to use a non-stick paper if you use glass or metal. I’m going to use this silicone mold because it’s heart shaped and it’s a very nice present.
So pour your soap in the mold… And now we have play the waiting game. Let it sit for a couple weeks until it has hardened. Unmold it and let it sit for at least 4 more weeks. That will allow it to have more lather or foam, and consistency. Some people leave it for up to a year. Here you go, this is from my previous batch that I made 2 months ago.
As you can see it’s hard and it has a nice lather to it. It’s not as foamy as other soaps, but don’t worry because it cleans the same. Remember to check the safety recommendations below in the description, you can also find there all the ingredients and tools that I used. I hope you have fun with this DIY, please don’t forget to subscribe if you want to be updated with my videos. See you next time!