" We dance our madness;
We dance our joy.
Oh precious ones, the fun has just begun.
Wild music is in the air;
there's beauty flowing everywhere."
James Green, "The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook"
I love, love the above quote. It describes my life and how I feel about my garden and children. Studying medicinal herbs led me into making my own lotions and potions which led into making my own soap. I make my soap outside, surrounded by my plants and with music. This is one of my favorite songs to begin projects with. Enjoy and play while you read!
LYE IS DANGEROUS. THIS IS TO SHOW THE GENERAL PROCESS.
You can email me or do further research yourself if you have questions. Usually you want to try a couple of recipes first and get it down to a blend you like working with.
*Tip- Adding castor oil to batch makes a nice soapy bar.
2. Measure your oils . Heat your oils in crockpot. Heat the liquid oils first and then the solid oils.
3. Measure your water and lye. ALWAYS add lye to water, not vice versa. Wearing gloves, a mask and eye protection is the safest way to do this. The lye heats in the water and gives off a fume. At the very least, know this so you can turn your head away. Be careful not to get the solution on yourself. It will burn your skin.
4. Add the lye solution to the heated oils in the crock pot to produce a quick "trace". This is the beginning of the saponification process. Once you see a thin trace, put the lid on the crockpot.
7. Turn off the heat on the crock pot and now you can add your fragrances. I use essential oils (oils that are derived from plants) but I am interested in getting into fragrance oils as some scents are very difficult to reproduce yourself through essential oils. Blending my own fragrances with essential oils is another skill set I want to master. I took out a little of the soap batch and added vanilla which darkens the batch.
8. I added the darker batch into the original soap batch and mixed them a couple of times which will produce a marbling effect.
*Some people like to put theirs in the freezer to help it harden. I like to leave mine out and let it cool down on it's own.
*Dance your time away in nature creating! Soapmaking is incredibly rewarding to me. Try your hand at it, you never know, you may love it!