Sunday, August 7, 2016
I have been experimenting with making soap. It's been fun and challenging using various fragrances, lavender and rose essential oils and colours.
Wearing protective gear, safety glasses, face mask and gloves, makes me look and feel like I could be on CSI, investigating a Crime Scene.
You may wonder why I have decided to make my own soap when you can buy it so readily at the Supermarket or Chemist, well I like that it contains no harsh chemicals or dyes.
Olive oil, pink French clay and coconut oil are some of the list of ingredients, which is gentle and makes your skin feel lovely and soft.
Lye (caustic soda) is the ingredient that you have to be very careful with and the need for the protective gear and there is absolutely no way to make soap without this. The stamp I had made in England to press into the soap
The soap is placed on a drying rack for about 6 months to cure and after that, there is not any lye remaining in the soap.
I remember when I was a little girl my parents used to always make their own soap - they would use a large kerosene tin for the mould and when it was cured, Mum would cut it up into large bars and use it for washing the dishes.
Have you ever tried making soap? would be interested to hear if you make your own soap
Hope you are having a happy weekend and wishing you a wonderful new week ahead