I was a little reluctant to start making soap. It seemed a little complicated, time consuming and expensive. I wasn't ready to take on that responsibility. However, as the markets went on this summer, several customers asked if I made soap. Wanting to please my customers I started to rethink this whole soap thing. So the research began and guess what? It didn't seem as bad as I had originally thought. After much research I decided to make soap and use the cold process soap method.
What is Cold Process Soap?
Cold process soap is combining fats/oils(i.e. Palm, Coconut, Olive) with an alkali(Lye or Sodium Hydroxide) to create soap. The process is called saponification. I vaguely remember this from my organic chemistry class in college. I was preoccupied with other things at the time:)
Back to the soap. I gathered the fats, essential oils, botanicals I was going to use and finalized my recipe. I decided on Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, sustainable Palm Oil and Shea Butter as my fat base. As you have seen from my Facebook and Instagram posts, the soap making has begun and guess what...I love it!!!
I now have five batches of soap sitting on my shelf curing in three options: Cedar Coal, Lavender Eucalyptus and Chamomile Tea. In order for you, the customer to have a hard bar of soap that will sudsy and last longer than two washes, it needs to cure at least 4-6 weeks.
As I sit here writing this blog, all I can think about is my next batch of soap. I think it has actually become a little addicting. I dream about new creations constantly and I can't wait to get back to my workshop.
I want to know what you think.
What do you like about handmade soap? What type of fragrances to you like in your soap?
Please leave comments I am always open for suggestions:)