well i finally did it!
dove into soap making, that is! this is something that has been on my to do list for a few years now, but the whole process freaked me out a bit. considering the whole process comes with dire warnings of the use, or rather misuse, of lye and all it's damaging properties. there are pages and pages one can find online on the proper and safe procedures of making soap...all of which are resplendent with their own beware threats and cautions.
however, the lure of homemade soap customized to mine and my family's needs was too strong...it called to me. scent blends invaded my dreams at night. bars of goats milk, castile and beeswax soaps danced in my head like those sugarplum visions one reads about in the night before christmas ;) yes, truly, this all happened.
so i gathered supplies, a recipe that seemed easy enough for a beginner, my husband (just in case i exhibited one of my more klutzy moments and needed to be doused in vinegar), a friend who has made soap before and headed out to my husbands shop to make soap.
while the making of lye water still caused a mild case of paranoid anxiety, i made it through. i ended up with a 18 bars of beautiful lemongrass and lavender castile soap that, upon using a small sample of a week later, leaves my skin so soft and moisturized like no store bought soap ever has.
possibly even obsessed.
i cannot wait to make more and while i thought the making of my first batch of soap would have abated the dreams of scent blends....it did not. essential oil blends now, not only, invade my dreams but my waking moments as well as i conjure up all sorts of natural additive combinations. *sigh* like i said, possibly obsessed. i make no apologies, especially considering my obsession means homemade soap for christmas gifts...yeah, exactly! carry on obsession, right? thought you might see it that way.
the recipe i used can be found here or use my version below. for my first batch i halved the recipe. after my soap reached trace i added 1 ounce lavender and a half ounce of lemon grass and poured into my soap molds (i used washed out milk cartons i had on hand)
print this recipe
50 oz olive oil6.3 oz lye
-while stirring olive oil with a wooden spoon, slowly add the lye water. once all the lye water has been added, switch over to blend the mixture with a stick blender.
-blend soap mixture until trace is reached.
-mix in your oils ( i had had to blend a few minutes to get back to the thickness of trace desired)
-pour into molds, cover molds with a piece of cardboard, wrap molds in a quilt
-let sit for 8-15 hours, remove from molds and cut into bars-let bars dry for 6 weeks to harden before use
before making soap, please research and follow proper safety procedures for soap making. lye is a serious chemical and can have serious consequences. do not make soap around children or animals. also make sure you research how to make soap as this is just a recipe and does not explain terminology or list soap making supplies. you can find more in depth soap making procedures here and safe soap making procedures here
happy soap making and happy friday!