Making Hemp Soap At Home
If you’re anything like us, regular soap leaves your skin feeling dried out and tired. We’ve joined others in making the switch to herbal, hand-made soap, and haven’t looked back since.
There is nothing like the confidence of knowing exactly what you are putting on your skin, instead of some dodgy unpronounceable mix of chemicals from a pharmaceutical company.
With the emergence of medicinal cannabis in the USA, it’s no surprise that some enterprising hippies have created marijuana-infused soap as a buyable product. Perhaps in the future, cannabis will be used to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
Hemp soap offers a legally safer alternative. This gently cleansing soap is for sensitive skin, and has naturally moisturising properties from the blend of oils included. Hemp seed contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These have anti-aging properties and help your skin with repairing and healing. It is thought to relieve the symptoms of eczema.
It’s easy to make at home, with love instead of harsh chemicals. You can use many different ratios of oils to achieve different consistencies of soap, but this recipe is tried and tested and good for beginners. It’s is easy, natural, and paraben and palm oil free – because every stoner should be thinking about saving the rainforest.
EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED
- Safety goggles
- Chemical resistant gauntlets
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring jug
- Two large steel or enamel saucepans
- Cooking thermometer
- Wooden spoon
- Silicone cake moulds
- 340ml of cold, clean water
- 125g of sodium hydroxide (lye) beads
- 225g hemp seed oil
- 275g organic cold-pressed coconut oil
- 175g raw African shea butter
- 225g extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E extract
- Fragrances, essential oils, decorative items
SAFETY AND DANGERS
When working with potentially hazardous substances like lye, it’s important to consider safety. Sodium hydroxide is dangerous (like, blind-you-forever dangerous) so make sure you wear eye and hand protection.
Always add lye to water, never add water to lye. Basifying water in the wrong way can lead to a “volcano” type reaction which can be harmful and make a mess. Lab safety should always be your primary concern when performing any kind of chemistry.
Making soap at home is a rewarding experience, but care is needed. You have been warned.
MAKING THE SOAP
1. First, don your eye and hand protection. Fill your measuring jug with water, and then add the lye- into it slowly. Gently agitate your mixture to make sure it’s completely dissolved. This reaction creates heat – place the solution somewhere safe to cool down.
2. Gently heat your shea butter, hemp and coconut oil in a saucepan – add the hardest fat first and then add the liquids until you have a smooth blend. In a second saucepan, heat the olive oil and vitamin E, and then combine the contents of both saucepans and stir.
3. Once all the oils are fully mixed, and the temperature is at 100°C, turn off the heat and slowly add your basified water while stirring. When it is completely mixed, stir the mixture quickly with your whisk. Within a few minutes, the solution will thicken and turn more opaque. Watch it carefully.
4. What you are looking for is a crucial stage in the soap making process – known as “The Trace”. The trace is when the oils and water have completely mixed and cannot be separated again. To know when you have reached this “point of no return”, dip your whisk into the mix and allow it to dribble back into your saucepan. If it leaves behind a little “trace,” then your solution is emulsified, and you’re there. If not, keep whisking for a while longer.
5. At this point, if you wish, you can add any additional fragrances and essential oils. Our favourite is just a few drops of frankincense oil and a sprinkle of loose leaf green tea. Whisk it up one last time and pour your mixture into your moulds to cool.
6. When your blocks of soap are almost cooled, decorative items can be added – be creative! Try setting flower petals, sea shells, or whole hemp seeds into your soap for a natural exfoliating effect.
7. Your soap will take a few days to fully set, but it’s best to leave it for a few weeks before use just to make sure any traces of lye are fully removed. These blocks make great gifts – just remember when wrapping to make sure you use waxed paper or clingfilm. The soap can “sweat” and ruin ordinary paper.
There’s a lot of benefit to making your own soap – it’s cheap and rewarding, and you can feel good that your process is cruelty-free. And trust us, your skin will thank you for it.
Discover the benefits of making your own natural hemp seed soap. Both your skin and your wallet will thank you for it.
Sunday Night Spotlight: Hemp Seed Oil
Every month we make dozens of batches of cold process soap with various fixed oils, colorants and fragrances. With such array of ingredients to choose from, some tend to get lost in the crowd. Tonight we’d like to showcase an oil that is perhaps the best kept secret in soapmaking — Hemp Seed Oil. This oil can be used in everything from cold process soap to lotions & cremes. It has fabulous skin-loving properties and creates an excellent lather, and it’s a great addition to any soapy creation. This is one oil that will set your products apart from the crowd!
Our Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil (front) is much darker than it’s refined (back) counterpart. Take this into account when formulating your CP recipes!
Bramble Berry carries two different kinds of Hemp Seed Oil: natural (or unrefined) and refined. Both oils work fabulously in cold process recipes. The main difference between the two is the color and the smell. The natural Hemp Seed Oil is more viscous and has a much darker color as well as a distinct, nutty smell. The refined Hemp Oil, on the other hand, is an excellent vehicle for providing essential fatty acids to your skin. Since it’s such a light colored oil, it’s also a good choice if you want to preserve your colors and avoid any unexpected discoloration.
In addition to creating ample suds, Hemp Oil contains high levels of unsaturated fats, which give it great moisturizing properties. We suggest using both types of Hemp Oil in cold process recipes at 20% or less. If you are adding it to a body butter or lotion, you can go as high as 50%. Hemp Oil has a shelf life of about 9 months (longer if frozen), so it’s best to use it soon after purchasing.
Check out the following tutorials to see how we’ve used Hemp Seed Oil:
As an added bonus, Refined Hemp Seed Oil is 20% off this month! What will you make with your Hemp Seed Oil?
Sunday Night Spotlight: Hemp Seed Oil Every month we make dozens of batches of cold process soap with various fixed oils, colorants and fragrances. With such array of ingredients to choose from,