Making Soap for Science

Had an amazing day on Saturday making soap with Tara for her school project. She had been given a few options but knowing her dad’s passion for soap, decided this would be the more enjoyable option, which it was. After speaking to her teacher if it was okay to follow her dads procedure, she was given the all clear and it was good to go. Not having made soap for a long time it was an amazing opportunity to get back into it.

I’m not going to give you a big “How to” on how to make soap, there’s a million of those on the net if you do a quick google search but it will go through a little on how we went about it. It was a good opportunity to try a new recipe, the previous recipes I was using had bees wax in them. Bees wax is good but it make a grimy soap, it feels good on your skin but it will make your shower and sink grimy. This batch was made with the following ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Sustainably sourced Palm Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Fragrance Oil

Lye was calculated using The Sage calculator, I like this one and the way it works. There’s  a few others out there so just find the one you like best if your new to making soap.


We started the process discussing how we were going about the task then discussing the method we were going to use, the equipment required and a list of ingredients. It was essentially a science project and carried out as one. We had to keep her teacher happy at the end of the day. The day turned out to be a wonderful bonding session with my lovely daughter, it was also a great refresher in the soap making process since I haven’t done it for so long. Now that the fires have been rekindled I’m hoping to make a lot more soon.

I’ll keep you posted on how the new recipe turns out.

If you have any questions on the process please post them in the comments below.



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