I have been making my own bath soap for a couple of years now. I started doing it because something about the process spoke to me on a cellular level. The main activity in cold process soap making is the stirring. First you mix together water and lye, then wait for it to cool down. It will be extremely hot, and it stinks. While that’s cooling, you weigh out your oils and put them in the pan. When the lye and water is almost cooled to the temperature you like, you heat up your oils. They have to be the same temperature at the same time. Then, you mix them together and stir.
The stirring part is what I like. It’s calming to me. Stirring, and watching the mixture slowly turn grainy, then eventually solidify. Once it’s the consistency of a smooth oatmeal, you can add in your scents or, any other ingredients. I’ve used essential oils before, but my latest creations are scented with dried flowers. They scent the bars and make a pretty bar of soap.
My most recent favorite is calendula.
I have some up on eBay right now. Here’s the link. Please try it. I’d love to be able to make some more but right now I am overflowing with soap! If you prefer not to fool around with eBay, but still want to buy some, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work something out.
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