Thursday, April 12, 2012

Soap Making

While still in the States I have been soaking up as much as I can and learning how to do things as I find people who can teach me. Something I've always wanted to learn, was how to make my own soap. Making my own liquid laundry detergent or powdered laundry detergent always calls for soap... and this way I can create that step as well.
While I had some AMAZING teachers (who also happen to be my midwives,) they learned from other people or the internet before they shared it with me.

 There are many benefits, besides a ton of creative combinations, to making your own soap. I agree with Miller's Soap Page when they say:

"We've gotten spoiled using our own soap... it leaves you clean without feeling dry and itchy. I've given it to friends who have allergies or skin conditions and they have found it to help them in clearing up the problem. If you have any of the latent chemist in your will LOVE watching the transformation as you mix the lye solution into the fat and continue to watch it change as it cures! No one can walk by a table of curing soap, without having the uncontrollable urge to pick up a bar to touch and smell it."

I helped make two different kinds: Goat milk soap that we scented with orange essential oils, and regular soap scented with "oatmeal, milk and honey" scent. We used the cold process version of soap making, (though it didn't feel like it when we added the lye.) Our fats included coconut oil (good for suds,) olive oil, and Crisco... If it sounds greasy, don't worry, fat and lye react in a really cool way: thickening up and creating the soap you're used to seeing and the final result isn't greasy at all! While goat soap doesn't absorb color well and we left it natural, we used a pretty blue and created a marble effect in the regular soap we made.

 It turned out very pretty, smells amazing, is nice to use and is comforting to know doesn't have nasty chemicals.


  1. *like* An interesting entry! I've been thinking about trying my hand at soap making, but haven't really known where to start. I might try this eventually! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Btw, how long did the process take? Is this something that could be sellable? I've been trying to think of small business ideas lately...

    1. It took us about 3 hours for two batches going sorta slow to explain. Many people make and sell soap, so I know it's doable.

      After it's poured, it has to sit at least a day before you can cut it. Then it needs to sit at least 2 weeks before using and the longer it sits, the longer it will last.

  2. looks beautiful! Good job. Makes me want to get back out to my barn and reenter soap-making. A passion I enjoyed for many years, but as God jumped me from 3-6 children (then on to 7 and 8), well it has been gathering dust in the barn. Hopefully soon I will get back to it. it is so much fun to create (and use)!

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

  3. You were a great student! Pleased that you enjoyed it so much.