A few weeks ago Teacher Bebe invited me to go with her and see how to make a soap. I am glad I went with her. The lady that demonstrated how to make the soap told us that the soap that we were making was to be given to the poor people here in Davao and the native people here too. She will also show them how to make the soap so that they will know and that it will be cheaper for them later. I will share with you guys below on how to make soap and ointment.
Honestly, here in the Philippines, a lot of the government organizations are now going to the poor barrios to show the women there how they can make a living even if they are a stay at home mom. My sister is really active in GenSan in attending some kind of seminars that the government offices are giving and she then shares her knowledge from the seminars with the ladies in her neighborhood and at the Barangay Hall where they will have meetings every week.
My sister learned how to make powdered soap, liquid soap, bar soap (soap use here in the Philippines to wash clothes), lotion and glass cleaner. I am going to learn from her too. Their group of women in GenSan is already making powdered soap and selling it to people. It’s nice to learn and try to apply and share the knowledge to the people here at the house too.
The body soap that we made there in the group was herbal. Really, you can use any kind of soap mix that you like, such as herbal (guava, camias (eba), akapulko) and some others. Cook the leaves or roots first and use the liquid (juice extract) from it, oatmeal, cinnamon, perfume or cologne that you like. During our soap making the lady that demonstrated used AKAPULKO (we call it asunting here).
How to prepare the Herbal Soap:
- Plastic pail (bucket)
- Wooden ladle or bamboo stick
- Glass or cup
- Mortar and pestle
- Cheesecloth or strainer
- Chopping board
- Cooking pot (when preparing the concoction)
- Plastic molders (size & shape you prefer)
How to Prepare a Concoction:
- Wash the leaves thoroughly and chop or cut into small pieces.
- Measure 1 glass of chopped fresh leaves and 2 glass of water.
- Let it boil for 15 minutes (start timing when the water starts to boil.)
- After 15 minutes, remove from fire and strain in a cheesecloth. Set aside and let it cool.
- 1 cup Caustic Soda
- 3 cups of Akapulko concoction or some other herbal that you want to use.
- 5 cups of cooking oil
- coloring powder ( optional)
- Prepare the materials and the utensils
- Measure 1 cup of caustic soda and the 3 cups of Akapulko concoction and pour into the bucket.
- Mix well by stirring continuously using the wooden ladle or bamboo stick. Just use one direction only when stirring. Stir until the caustic soda dissolved.
- Pour 5 cups of the cooking oil into the mixture. Just pour it slowly.
- Continue stirring until a consistency of a condensed milk is achieved.
- Pour the mixture into the plastic molders. Set aside and let it cool to harden.
- After 4-5 hours, remove the soap from the molders.
- Allow 30 days or more for the soap to age before packing.
Just a reminder. Using Caustic Soda can harm the skin after contact. Wash immediately with vinegar or anything sour and then rinse it with soap and water.
Soon I am thinking of making bar soap with oatmeal. A friend of mine gave us some oatmeal soap and we really like it a lot. And for the oil I will try the coconut oil it might be good for the skin. If any of you know some other ingredients that will work better please feel free to share it here. To all of you that wants to make the soap, HAVE FUN Guys!
Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.