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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Homemade Gift Series #5 : Homemade Soap

I recently attended an evening workshop on making your own soap.  Making your own soap is a lot easier than I ever thought.   In less than two hours our soap was made and we each took home what we made.  My soap was made with coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, lye, water, oatmeal, vitamin E, seaweed and the essential oil cedarwood.

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 

3 comments:

  1. Your soap looks great! I have sensitive skin and have thought about making my own soap.I think that is a good project for me to try this year.
    Since you have done it,any tips to give for those just trying it out? Darlene

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  2. I also make my own soap. It is a good way to know exactly what you are using against your skin. I add lavender, olive oil, coconut oil and many other things that I have from the cupboard. So far, making soap is as normal to me now as making tea :-)

    m.

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  3. Great job! Btw, thanks for the sweet comment on my blog :)

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