Making homemade soap is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, so for Christmas my wonderful hubby gave me a soap making kit packed full of all the essentials to start me on my way.
Little did I know how much I would love making soap!! It is now my new addiction! I find myself “ooh-ing and ahh-ing” over all the creations that I see other people post on social media such as facebook, instagram and pinterest with all the crazy colors and techniques……I can’t wait to add to my soap making arsenal! Once I am well seasoned, I want to experiment with a more natural approach by making my own lye using wood ash from our woodstove and tallow (rendered animal fat). I also would love to add dried herbs and essential oils. The possibilities seem endless and what better way to bathe then with all natural organic soap that I made myself without all the harmful chemicals that are found in traditional store bought soap. It’s just one more step in our journey to live a more self sufficient lifestyle!
The first batch I made was just a basic simple recipe I found in “The Soapmaker’s Companion” A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes, Techniques, and Know-How by: Susan Miller Cavitch
The basic ingredients used were:
Lye, distilled water, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil and an energy blend fragrance. Let me just tell you how amazing my laundry room smelled as my soap cured!!! Stay tuned for more fun posts in my soap making adventure!!