The hardest part of making soap was choosing what essential oil I wanted in it, and what sort of texture such as oatmeal, seaweed, tea. etc.
If you have allergies or sensitive skin, making your own soap allows you to control what goes into your soap. Many commercially made soaps have added preservatives or chemicals which are often irritants. There is so much to be learned in making your own soap, various techniques and types. There are many good books available on making your own soap. Our evening workshop instructor recommended "The Soapmaker's Companion - A comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How" by Susan Miller Cavitch". She also recommended keeping separate pots and utensils just for soap making and not to be used with your regular cooking. I'm on the lookout now at thrift stores for a good pot, and utensils just for soap making.
|My homemade soap|