Measure distilled water in a bowl and lye in a separate bowl. Pour the lye into the water and mix. Let the mixture cool down a bit.
Take a pan and heat up the oils and aloe vera gel on low heat. Add the essential oils to the mixture and stir.
Add the lye and distilled water mixture to the oil and gel blend. One thing to remember is that, while mixing, the temperature of both the mixtures should be the same – which is 100 degrees. Once you have added the lye and water mixture to the pan, whisk it thoroughly until the mixture turns thick and gooey.
Pour this mixture into the molds. Allow them to set in a cool and dark place for 24 hours.
Remove them from the molds and store them for curing. The curing time depends on the climate of your area. If you stay in a humid place, the curing time can be anywhere between 3 weeks and a month. And if you stay in a place that has dry weather, 1-2 weeks of curing is fine.
Using The Melt And Pour Method
The Melt and Pour (MP) method is the quickest and easiest way to make DIY soaps. Here, all you need are pre-made melt and pour soap bases and other ingredients (oils, kinds of butter, additives, colors, and fragrance) for making natural aloe vera soap. You don’t have to use lye to prepare a soap base.
Here is what you will need to make melt and pour aloe vera gel soap:
- 500 gm Melt and Pour soap base (you can use clear glycerine base or milk soap variants)A large kitchen knife
- Bowls for mixing and heating (stainless steel or tempered glass bowls)1 cup aloe vera gel (mashed and pulped)1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 15-20 drops lemon essential oil, 900g olive or coconut oil, Rubbing alcohol and other additives, such as clay, color, or fragrance oils (optional).
Take a stainless steel pan and melt the soap base in it over a low flame. Keep stirring continuously.