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Soap!

I’ve created a monster!  But, at least it’s a clean monster.  Winking smile  I am really loving this soap making thing.  It’s a lot like baking, but without the sugar.  To be sure, I have a long way to go before I’m any good at it, but I’ve started, and now have 4 batches of soap curing, with oils prepped for 3 or 4 more.  As I get more familiar with the process, I hope to start adding colors and more molds.  So many soaps I see seem to use a standard loaf mold for big batches, like 5 lbs of soap at a time.  I’m not making anything like that, so I’m sticking with individual molds for smaller batches.  Plus, for some reason, I don’t like the loaf-style mold.  I guess it just feels like the bars are sideways from a loaf mold.  I have my eye on a slab-style mold for if/when I ever get to a point of making larger batches to maybe possibly hopefully sell some day. 

Before I started, I did a lot of reading about the different oils that are available, and I created a recipe that’s designed to moisturize and nourish skin, and fight the effects of aging.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out, once I start using them! 

The very first batch right after I poured it into a mold.

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This was the next day, when I unmolded the bars.  These will be shaving bars.  For me.  They have a very pretty cucumber-melon fragrance my friend gave me.

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These are soap bars for my husband.  I’m not sure about the smell, though.  I tried to do a basil-lime thing, but I’m concerned the lime scent got burned off in the saponification process.  The base recipe I used for these bars is the one I made myself, and plan on being my basic recipe. 

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These are shaving bars for men.  I used the same basil-lime scents as I used in the soap for my husband.  Right now, they have more of a basil scent than a lime one.

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These are shampoo bars.  My husband and I have been kicking around the idea of getting rid of the store bought shampoos we’ve been using all our lives, and going to something more natural.  The recipe called for a larger batch than I had molds for, so I had to scramble and find something else to use.  They’re not pretty, but once they’re cured, they should be good to go, and I know after a few uses, the shapes will smooth out. 

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And, I made a batch of whipped coconut oil.  Actually, this has other oils added to it, so it’s super skin-nourishing and softening.  This is an experiment, as I’ve read a bit about whipped oils and wanted to see what they were like.  I make a balm, or butter, using most of these oils, but whipping them gives them a lighter and fluffier feel.  It feels like you’re playing with frosting, lol. 

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6 thoughts on “Soap!

  1. I’m sad about the scent of my soap. That’s going to put me off using them. On the other hand, I can’t wait to try the shampoo bars! I don’t know if I can use them weekdays (have to see how it leaves our hair), but I certainly will use them for weekends to see how they do.

    And I love the butter/whipped stuff too! I hope to have some feedback for you before too long. Nothing so far though.

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    1. I am hopeful the scent will mellow out as it continues to cure.

      I’m glad you like the whipped stuff! I wasn’t expecting that, to be honest. I don’t know why. I’ll be making another batch this weekend, and I’ll be tweaking it a little. 🙂

      LTY!

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  2. You did it! What an accomplishment! And yes, Dave and I are working on a business together. Hopefully we’ll have our webpage up in two weeks. How’s that for a cliffhanger? 😀

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