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How to make an Organic Soap at home

BASIC INGREDIENTS IN SOAP MAKING(Photo by David Fisher @ http://candleandsoap.about.com/)

BASIC INGREDIENTS IN SOAP MAKING(Photo by David Fisher @ http://candleandsoap.about.com/)

PAPAYA SOAP is the main proponent in cottage/home industry in soap making in the Philippines (Courtesy of http://www.sulit.com.ph/)

PAPAYA SOAP is the main proponent in cottage/home industry in soap making in the Philippines (Courtesy of http://www.sulit.com.ph/)

KALAMANSI (lemon)-GINGER SOAP in the Philippines

KALAMANSI (lemon)-GINGER SOAP in the Philippines

The most used title of many hubs from us, HubPages writers begins with ‘how’.

This hub is not an exception. It is also related to many ‘hows’ that are featured in HubPages.

Many brands of commercial soaps are in the market. There are lye-based soap and others claim to be organic ones.

I’ve also made lye-based soap for my investigatory project in my high school years. It corroded some parts of my hands when it accidentally penetrated my gloves. And you cannot bear the fumes when you heat it and mix with other ingredients, such as essential oil, caustic soda, salt, etc. Even if you use mask, you can still inhale the dangerous fumes of lye.

Making organic soap may solve several problems at home, like the budget in buying commercial soap including your skin problem. Why? Because the main ingredients are all organic fruits and vegetables.

You can try these ingredients:

a) carrots - rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene and the juice is good for skin rejuvenation or prevent wrinkles and skin pigmentation

b) banana - rich in potassium and you can apply it at the scalp of your head to reduce thinning hair

c) papaya - rich in Vitamin D and papaine and the mashed flesh is used as facial mask and skin softening agent

d) kalamansi or lemoncito (small lemons) - is rich in Vitamin C and contains alpha-hydrolic acid that helps whiten our skin

e) virgin coconut oil - is rich in natural fatty acids that cures skin rashes or inflammation

If we combine these organic ingredients, it is possible to create a new but non-commercial soap that you can make at home.

We will reduce now the ingredients for the conventional soap-making at home. We can now remove caustic soda that is abrasive or irritating to the skin. We will remove it because we’re making a bath soap that is both user-friendly and good for the environment.

We will never add lye because it is also a dangerous agent if not handled properly. I remember using it in the chem lab that almost destroyed my hand gloves when it melted, just like caustic soda.

Repurposing our bath soaps can also be an alternative. If you have babies at home, it's dangerous to handle commercial lye. Or better yet, you can use ashes of burnt rice straws as an alternative.

My alternative procedure in soapmaking

  1. For Saponification. Instead a group of natural oil (such as lavender, coconut oil, camphor oil and other herbal extracts) that we can combine plus lard as an additive for aroma and as gel agent respectively.
  2. Your choice of essences. We will mix the featured organic fruits and vegetables (carrots, banana, papaya, kalamansi juice and coconut virgin oil) for the rest of the process.
  3. Cold Process. Put it in the available mold, as in rectangular pan then it harden for about a day. Then, divide it according to your liking. It can be a very good gift to your friends and neighbors. With a good explanation about the health benefits of the ingredients you have mixed, it can be an instant hit at your home. I’m sure, you can now start a good home business with this kind of organic soap.

What name should I call it? Travel Man’s Soap? Well, I have to register it first at SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) here in the Philippines in order to be legit. What do you opine?

What is needed for Basic soap making

Qualities of oil to be used vary from soft to hard soap products.

  1. Palm oil, beef tallow and lard produce hard but long lasting soap.
  2. Coconut, palm and corn kernel oil produce soap with huge amount of lather or bubbles.
  3. Olive oil, canola, sunflower and soy oil are good for moisturizer.
  4. Cocoa butter, shea butter, almond oil, hemp oil and jojoba are superb as moisturizer and use in making luxury soaps.

If you combine these oils, you can choose whether or not to use only vegetable oil or animal oil as well.

  • 30% tallow, 25% coconut oil, 45 % olive oil (This will make a basic bar of soap)
  • Try combining natural or herbal oils, like: 25% palm oil, 25% coconut oil, 25% olive oil, 15 % canola oil, 10% sunflower oil. This will also make a good recipe on soap making.
  • By adjusting each percentage and adding less than 10% of castor oil, it will balance the lather and creaminess of the soap.

Commercial soap qualities

Did you ever noticed that some commercial soap are irritating to the eyes and not good for the skin. By making huge batches of soap commercially, the quality suffered.

Baby soaps are hypoallergenic (not abrasive to the skin) so I tend to use them.

Some bath soaps are so fragrant but hard to skin. I tried using soap that said it is for women's only. I don't think men's skin are different from women.

So, are you ready to try it at home? I tried one, too, but my budget at present can never supply for big batches. Experimenting is fun. We had all the laughs, frustration and success when making the soap recipes.

Organic Soap Making by VermontSoap

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A Basic Soap Making Method Without Lye

One of those who commented in this hub, lilchoc, tried finding the answer why I didn't include lye in making my home-made soap. So, here's the basic procedure for those hubbers and offline HP readers who are interested to try this at home.

Repurposing a batch of Ivory soap by adding your own herbs and essential oils is a fun and easy way to create soap. You can start it at any time.

Supplies:

  • ¼ cup water
  • Dried and pulverized herbs
  • Essential oil
  • Approximately two cups shredded Ivory soap
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Glass plate
  • Soap making mold (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Pour boiling water over your herbs.
  2. Add five or six drops of essential oil.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly.
  4. Pour mixture over the shredded Ivory soap.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Wait 20 minutes.
  7. Divide the mixture into several small balls or press into the selected soap making mold.
  8. Let dry for three to four days on a glass plate in an cool area of your home.

Comments

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 27, 2015:

Angel: Thank you for dropping by and perusing my shared soap recipe.

angel on September 27, 2015:

i just made my 2nd batch of soap today using olive coconut and palm oils and additives are oatmeal and chamomile eo. i love making soap using cold process but really using lye is super scary I pray before and after making my soap that nothing BAD will happen to me. goodluck fellow soap making peepz

Hazel on August 14, 2014:

arlene, i think that's not the "travel man" recipe. read the whole article.

anyway, thanks for this! hope my mom and i find a good organic soap making seminar here in the country.

Arlene on July 25, 2014:

Ivory has caustic soda or lye. You can't claim your recipe is lye free!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 05, 2014:

@Purifficacion B Muller: Just follow the procedure, ma'am.It's included it here.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 05, 2014:

@Tanya: You can use Johnson's white baby soap instead. It's hypoallergenic :)

Purificacion B Muller on November 03, 2013:

How do I incorporate the juice or extract of my choice to soap process?

Tanya on November 03, 2013:

We cannot get Ivory soap,

is there a different soap you could suggest,

Thankyou

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 27, 2013:

@Med & Daniel: You two can search for Sogomi Enterprises or follow this link:

http://popbazaar.wordpress.com/sogomi-enterprises-...

Prices for needed materials are also indicated.

I hope it answered your queries.

Thanks for dropping by.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 27, 2013:

@gracia09: You can see the proportion of soap ingredients on the following:

Beginner 4.5 pound Soap Recipe - makes just under 4.5 lbs of soap

16oz Canola Oil

16oz Coconut Oil

16oz Palm Oil

6.9oz Lye (5% superfatted)

15.8oz Water

These ingredients are to be used in cold process in soap making.

Daniel on September 26, 2013:

Thanks for those great ideas.I got an interest to learn how to make soap and make some money..But where can I buy those ingredients?I there any training available?

Meg on September 25, 2013:

Hi there! Just want to ask.,where can i buy those eng. Like lye,papaya extract and purified coconut oil?your blog is so interesting, it inspire me,and wanna try this thank u!!!

gracia09 on September 20, 2013:

thank you for nice idea, what are the quantity of the ingredients that you use in making soap?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 23, 2013:

@crissa (ysa) dela cruz: God Bless you, too, Ysa. My apology for this late reply.

crissa (ysa) dela cruz on February 18, 2013:

thank you so much for sharing this great idea sir.

God Bless you sir. :)

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on February 12, 2013:

@guest: It's good to know your positivism on this hub. I might say that we share the same sentiment.

Yes, let's just make soaps and earn some money for ourselves. :)

guest on February 12, 2013:

I am into making soap and I am using the cold process method. As I have said, there is no need to worry about the lye if handled properly. Commercial lye is used in order to obtain saponification. As I understand, you maybe using re-batching method in order for you to add your additives (papaya and other things). That is very similar to the M&P method. Any way, there is no need to contest the method here because I guess, no method is superior than the other. Let's make soap anyway, it is addictive and income generating....

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on January 11, 2013:

@guest: Did you make a soap already? If you doubt the veracity of the procedure, then this will be a 'lie' . I beg to disagree, organic soap can be made without lye. In repurposing process, that's when I admit that there's still a lye-content in the soap being re-processed.

But natural-organic home-made soap at home? No, I didn't mix the commercial lye.

guest on January 10, 2013:

soap without lye is a lie. IF you use soap to produce soap, then you are still using lye though not as direct as using caustic soda. Lye is a dangerous chemical but if proper procedure including curing time is followed, there is no need to worry about negative effects.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 18, 2012:

@Marilyn Simmonds: Repurposing soaps don't use 'lye' as you've read from the procedure.

Ivory soap is an ideal ingredient because it has less lye ingredients than other soaps.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 18, 2012:

@Buboy: Thank you for appreciating my work and research. I don't have much knowledge about liquid soap, but I think you can omit the lard as gel agent.

I think, it will not harden and stay in liquid form if you will not add it and the soap will be as effective as the hardened ones.

Marilyn Simmonds on October 18, 2012:

Hi there

you said you are not using the lyle in the soap.

But I see from your recipe you are crushing 2 soaps how do you know that lyle was not used.

do the soap from scratch without getting any accelerator from soap

made by other people.

you think you are brilliant

Buboy on October 16, 2012:

This is a cool post! Making your own soap at home. I think natural soaps are still the best way of enjoying a bath. Me and my wife like buying natural stuff, but we love natural liquid soaps like Dr. Bronners. We've found a group selling natural liquid soaps on this site http://www.thecasadelorenzo.com may I ask what do you know about natural liquid soap making at home?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on August 26, 2012:

@saii12: You can read my hub from top to bottom. You will find the answers written here in my article.

saii12 on August 24, 2012:

what kind of dried herbs will i use?? and will it be ok if combine the palm oil, coconut oil and the olive oil?? if its ok, can i have their proportions on how many mL of oils to put in the soap making process..??

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on May 02, 2012:

@jayakumar: 6.8 ounces (oz) lye is needed in order to produce home-made soap.

You can use the burnt rice straws with the same measurement.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on May 02, 2012:

@Dr cruse: I'm sure there is another procedure in making body cream.

(ALthough, I only concentrate in making home-made soaps.)

Here's I can suggest:

For the OILS: You will need either almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, or butter or the much-hype Jojoba oil ( For a 120 ml body cream, you need 1.5 ounces for this or 35 ml.)

For the EMULSIFIERS/THICKENERS or WAX: 15 grams or 1/2 ounce is needed for xanthan gum, beeswax, palm stearic acid or vegetable emulsifying wax.

For the LIQUID part: 70 ml or 2.5 ounces of distilled water, florasols or green tea (You can avoid the last as it can stain on your clothes.)

You can choose your combination of ingredients based from the suggested materials above.

Thanks for dropping by Doc!!!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on May 02, 2012:

@laura dees: Sorry to keep you waiting for my answer. Don't be confused.

Just follow the procedure that I've written below my article.

It will never disturb your child-rearing episodes.

Thanks for dropping by. :D

jayakumar on April 29, 2012:

Thanks for post such a valuable expiriment with conffidant

still i am not understand what is rice instead of lye what is the % need to use if we can get cleare procedure really apriciate

Dr cruse on April 26, 2012:

Hello Authorhub, thanks for this wonderful piece, is there any way to make a body cream with almost the same phenomenon..

laura dees on April 21, 2012:

I am a bit confused and this may seem silly... I do not have to use animal product right? I like the idea of natural oils seeing that I have 4 young daughters ranging in the ages of 8 month twins and 2 and 4. Can I get a recipe that is simple using the oils?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 10, 2012:

@francis tudlong: Hey, kabayan. You can just follow my link below regarding your query.

http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/classifieds+dire...

Good luck to you!!! :D

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 10, 2012:

@Sapondader: I didn't included those utensils for soap-making here in my hub.

Regarding recommendation, I don't know if the brand we're using here in the Philippines are available at your area.

I hope you reply soon regarding this. I cannot email you right now. My apology. :D

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 10, 2012:

@Bart: Thanks for your account. Wala ka bang lard na dinagdag? I mean you can buy that commercial lard (usually added) for saponification or used as soap hardener.

You can try it again. Just omit the lye. You can use the organic ingredients I suggested here plus the melted lard for the cold process of soapmaking.

Good luck!!!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 10, 2012:

@Than: Hindi ako bumili ng hemp oil.You can try asking for virgin coconut oil, if it's that what you mean.

BTW, I'm from Bicol and right now, I am here in Paranaque City, Manila.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 10, 2012:

@centralplains81: No need for tiring yourself about it. Just follow the basic organic ingredients I've mentioned on my first text capsule plus lard and other organic essence, then you'll have your homemade organic soapa.

francis tudlong on March 05, 2012:

anybody here who knows where to buy soap ingredients its really hard for me to find one. from my training they didn't give me the list please send it at dxnphil@gmail.com thanks

Saponader from Global on March 05, 2012:

Thank you for your pos ...

I want to buy soap making tools such sa digital scale, hand blener, thermometer. so, if you can till the best brand and where to buy from?

sapondaer@gmail.com

Bart on March 05, 2012:

Hi there, naka ilang trial nako ng soap pero di pa din tumigas, agn gamit ko Olive oil, coconut oil, Castor oil at soybean oil tapos me essesnce ako, tapos yung lye na nabili ko po eh liquid na, sinunod ko naman yung ibang instructions sa mga nabasa ko sa internet pero di ko pa din magawang mapatigas... Panu po kaya yun? Tsaka tama po ba yung nabili ko na lye? nakalagay sa knya water sodium hydroxide, pero di nakalagay kung ilang percent yung andun, Mr.Brown yung brand nung Lye, pa help naman po sir pls thanks... Project po ito thanks...

Than on March 04, 2012:

sir, san po kau nakabili ng hemp oil? tga QC area po ako :)

centralplains81 on February 25, 2012:

this is great! I will try this at home. where can we buy ashes of burnt rice straws? are there other organic alternatives available aside from rice straws?

Anna on February 05, 2012:

Thanks for the post. I don't understand how repurposing soaps that are not organic will make an organic soap. Commercially made soaps have petro chemicals in them that I don't want to use. Wouldn't I be exposing myself to these chemicals if I use repurposed soap?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on January 17, 2012:

@student: Please read the lowest portion of my article, you'll find the re-purposing procedure in soap making.

Best of luck to you.

P.S. Right now, I don't have time texting you.I hope you understand.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on January 17, 2012:

@sherry: You can see the proportion of soap ingredients on the following:

Beginner 4.5 pound Soap Recipe - makes just under 4.5 lbs of soap

16oz Canola Oil

16oz Coconut Oil

16oz Palm Oil

6.9oz Lye (5% superfatted)

15.8oz Water

These ingredients are to be used in cold process in soap making.

Now, where would your burnt rice stalks go? Yo can use it instead of lye and use also the proportion.

I hope this answers your query or you can buy a soap making book for beginners at the nearest book store.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on January 17, 2012:

@lily: Yes, it is also used for hypo-allergenic soap that is intended for people having highly-sensitive skin.

In this hub, the re-purposed soaps are like that.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on January 17, 2012:

@Sandytoo: I'm glad you found my post on HubPages. I hope this helps.

student on January 13, 2012:

@travel man: what is the procedure in making organic soap? 'cause we've tried to make it at home but we failed to make it.. can i give you my cp # in case of emergency.? 09488412297. no textmate please. tnx!

sherry on January 11, 2012:

we have lots of burnt rice stalks here. how am i going to add it to make a herbal soap? what is the procedure and ratio? thanks a lot.

lily on January 10, 2012:

Why not use glycerine to make soap?

Sandytoo on January 08, 2012:

I was getting SO discouraged. You have NO idea how many sites I looked at before I found yours. I really DONT want to use lye and all I found were sites that said you HAVE to. I was beginning to think I would never be able to make organic green tea soap. Thank you SO much for this!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on December 19, 2011:

@Mice Aliling: A VERY BIG APPRECIATION TO YOU! THANKS A LOT!!!

Mice Aliling on December 10, 2011:

I LOVE THIS POST. VERY HELPFUL! (and yes, it was intentionally in Caps :)

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 26, 2011:

@Leah M. Silva: Not for now. I don't demonstrate soap making in public but I can perform if time permits.

Thanks for trusting me with your cellular number.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 26, 2011:

@student: Sure, student. You can use this. Take extra care when handling the ingredients. Yes, guys can use this thing.

leah M. Silva on October 24, 2011:

Do you have schedule for soap making herbal/organic.kindly text me

09287804772.Thanks a lot

student on October 15, 2011:

we have an investigatory project at school, can i use this experiment at school? i'm from Philippines and i really love whitening soap that good for our skin.. so what do you think guys can use this thing?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 13, 2011:

@Wild Butterfly: You're welcome. It's good to know that you're also applying what I've learned in making homemade soap.

Wild Butterfly on October 06, 2011:

Great hub.I'm interested in all things organic and would love to try making my own soap, thanks for all the great information.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 01, 2011:

@China Mom: Thanks again. Yes, you can do it if you don't have ivory soap.

China Mom on September 30, 2011:

Thanks! I don't have ivory soap but I will try to do it with clear MP base I have and let you know it works out!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 28, 2011:

@China Mom: It's heating them up because you pour the boiling water unto it. Thanks for the clarification.

China Mom on September 26, 2011:

Hi, it's a lovely page. I was wondering - when you list the ingredients above, do you suggest using the melt-and-pour method or just mixing oils together and heating them up? I didn't quite understand. Thank you.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 25, 2011:

@Jessica: Thanks for your appreciation on this hub. Good luck on your future business venture. I am sure it will be successful.

Jessica on September 23, 2011:

Thank you kuya for your wonderful post.. I am thinking of putting up a small business catering organic products and I'm glad i found your page..

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 03, 2011:

@ubanichijioke: Thank you for appreciating. Soap making at home is always an enjoyable thing to do. You can mix your own based from the ingredients I've mentioned here.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on August 22, 2011:

Excellent hub. Maybe i will try it someday. Great work

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on August 22, 2011:

@cgl: It is the raw material for making an organic lye. Philippines is an agricultural country where farming and cultivating rice is the main job of the farmers.

It used to be an ingredient in making crude soap at the farm, made by Filipino farmers.

cgl on August 18, 2011:

What is rice stalks? where can I find it?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on April 10, 2011:

@kafsoa: You should try this. Leftover soaps can be used instead of new ones, to make your re-purposed soap or a more organic soap.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on April 10, 2011:

@pelinhestia: Thanks for the appreciation. Yes, making soap is simpler than we think. Thanks for the link.Readers will find it very useful.

kafsoa on April 08, 2011:

I still don't understand, Why should I use soap to make soap!

pelinhestia on March 15, 2011:

hello

I'm really impressed..

I also learned that I was curious about several months ago and at the end.

making soap is actually much simpler than you think.Thanks to this book (http://tinyurl.com/6a552gx )and loved ones in your own natural soaps gift I am doing. of course if you prefer you can have in a separate income.as well as very cheaper

Many thanks to everyone..:)

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on February 21, 2011:

@bugslady8949: Thanks. Take your time. One day, you'll be craving to make one.

bugslady8949 from The Bahamas on February 21, 2011:

I do not think I am ready to make my own soaps as yet but I will soon. you did a great lens.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on January 24, 2011:

There are liquid soaps nowadays. You can still use it. Adjust the lard portioning. It's included here in my hub.

yosh on January 20, 2011:

how can i make my organic soap hard?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on November 11, 2010:

I haven't done any seminars on soap-making since this is a home endeavor.If you want to buy the ingredients on-line, Amazon is the best site for you. For bulk production, grocery stores will surely help you find the ingredients you needed. Good luck!

joy on October 31, 2010:

where can i buy the ingredients & molders? do you any seminars or training conducted? tnx

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 24, 2010:

Thanks for the info, fojoshicat. I'm sure readers will include it as valuable as my hub.

fujoshicat from California on October 24, 2010:

I bought soap recently that was made using 100 percent olive oil - no other ingredients. It doesn't lather up too much, but it feels nice and natural on the skin. Interesting article - thanks for posting it! :)

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 21, 2010:

@Rich C: Thanks for incredibly liking this hub. Hope you enjoy making an organic soap as much as I do.

Rich C on September 20, 2010:

What in incredibly informative blog. Thank you very much!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on August 26, 2010:

@lilchoc: How about repurposing your bath soap that can be both harsh to your skin and your baby, if ever you have at home.

Handling a lye in a raw state can be corrosive. Thanks, for pinpointing the importance of lye as the major item for saponification.

Oh by the way, there are many kinds of soap,

1. Hard soap-using sodium hydroxide

2. Soft bath soap using lye or potassium hydroxide

3. Metallic soap like lithium or calcium soaps

The crude version of lye is the rice stalks or burnt ashes, when diluted with water makes an affordable alternative for commercial lye.

Thanks for asking. I corrected my error. My bad. LOL ^-^

lilchoc on August 26, 2010:

"We will reduce now the ingredients for the conventional soap-making at home. We can now remove caustic soda that is abrasive or irritating to the skin. We will remove it because we’re making a bath soap that is both user-friendly and good for the environment.

We will never add lye because it is also a dangerous agent if not handled properly. I remember using it in the chem lab that almost destroyed my hand gloves when it melted, just like caustic soda."

How is soap made without using any lye?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on July 01, 2010:

I presented the ingredients in a conversation-like hub. Portioning will depend on you, pizza if you want to make a basic soap, luxury soap and so on.

Pizza on July 01, 2010:

where's the recipe? :O

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 15, 2010:

You're welcome, Sandyspider. We shouldn't rely too much on what we bought from the store. If the ingredients are available, we can use it to make things possible at home, as in soap making. It is both practical and cheap, budget-wise.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on March 14, 2010:

Thanks for giving me these organic recipes. Nice work.

bacville from Manila, Philippines on March 12, 2010:

This is really an interesting hub. There's a summer short course in school about soap making. I think I had to attend to the subject. Thanks for this, travel_man1971.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 12, 2010:

Thanks, BK Creative! I have fun writing it and doing it with my niece who pestered me by eating the banana and papaya. Nevertheless, I was able to make one by just using coconut oil and lard from pork. By the way, you can also bought lard (without the fried smell) from the market. It didn't hardened too much but still, it lathered and felt soft to the skin. I tried oregano leaves for the herbal essence. It seems that I can also cure symptoms of cold with Travel Man's soap.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on March 12, 2010:

Super great - and I like what 'thesailor' just said - this will be a perfect small business. I've given up on the supermarket soaps that are harsh and filled with tons of chemicals. There is in fact a company here in Brooklyn, that started a home based organic soap business - the soaps use the ingredients you mentioned - and are magnificent. But still I would want to know how to do this so I can try something unusual - once I know the basics you've listed here and the 'whys' I can play a bit.

And what a great project to do with children!

Thanks so much! Bookmarked!!!!

thesailor from Seven Seas on March 12, 2010:

This is a good start of a small business at home. Soap is needed everyday. It is one of the commodities that we should include in our what-to-buy list when going to market every weekend.