I really don’t know how my Dad got into soap making I had done some glycerin melt and pour into the molds in my early 20’s but would often be disappointed in the results as it resulted in a soap that melted quite quickly. Making your own soap is not necessarily inexpensive either to make a good quality soap like my Dad makes has taken him about 11 years to perfect and he is still constantly tweaking his recipes. I am not going to share his recipe here as he has taken the time to come up with his recipe and its his to share with who he likes but I will give you some basic soap making recipes as sort of launching pad for you to head off into the great wonderful world of soap making! It is very important to have the correct tools and one very essential tool is an accurate kitchen scale.
(Pictured above is Cocoa Butter – it smells wonderful!)
My Dad says the two sites he uses primarily for ordering his soap supplies are the following:
Here is a great link for soap making recipes. Diane has several on her site at Diane’s Naturally.
Ultimately as my Dad did you will find what works for you and your family. Everyone has different preferences. On the day we made soap we used a rosemary scent which I just love it smelled up my Dad and Step Mom’s entire kitchen it was wonderful!
My Dad is really a wealth of knowledge about his soap making and has really gotten down to an exact science! Let’s just say I have no fear when I make soap with him whether it will turn out okay because it always turns out great! Once you have finished making the soap you pour it in a frame as shown below and then you put it to bed for about 30 days so that it can continue with the saponification process. Here is a picture of it going to bed as well. Although my Dad does take it out and cut it up before he puts it back to bed.
The book I own is “The Everything Soapmaking Book” by Alicia Grosso.
It has some great recipes and techniques and tells you everything you need to know about soap making. By the way did you know you can use small amounts of honey in soap making as well as other additives such as grains? Pick up a copy of this book to learn more! Because lye is a dangerous chemical I am not going to instruct you here on the procedures for soap making this post is meant more to be inspirational. It is very helpful to have someone assist you in the soap making process it goes faster and smoother with a soap making partner. My Step Mom helps my Dad and I am sure my husband will assist me or I will assist him its a team effort! I hope you will join me in my soap making endeavors I enjoy the soap I make with my Dad so much I plan to strike out on my own this year……..but no worries Dad and I have a date every year to make soap together its a tradition plus every time I make soap with him I learn something new!
I hope you are truly inspired to make your own soap if you have ever never made it before and if you are a long time soap maker I would love it if you would share your tips and tricks for better soap. I am sure you will agree as I do that homemade soap done properly is superior to store-bought soap. It is better for your skin and if you have allergies you can tailor your soap making to your needs.
If you would like more information on the history of soap check out this information on Wikipedia.com.
Thanks for stopping in and have a great weekend!
PS – By the way this is my 100th post! Thanks for staying on the journey with me! I love hearing all of your thoughts and feedback. I am truly in awe of all of your wonderful ideas and your encouragement. I am blessed to be in a world of “Homesteading Kindred Spirits”!