Homemade Soaps

Who knew that soap making is so much fun!  We did not attempt the cold-process method (yet) out of fear of working with lye but instead opted for the melt and pour method. So far, we have tried goats milk, olive oil, and shea butter and experimented with various recipes and scents such as dried lavender, oatmeal and honey, apple cinnamon, orange blossom and lemon zest, and red rose and thyme.  As soon as we receive our supplies, we are going to try our hands at a shampoo and shaving bar, body lotion, and lip balm too!

If you would like to try your hand at making soap at home and you are trying to be conscious of ingredients, I highly recommend finding a natural, vegetable-based melt and pour such as these:

http://www.brambleberry.com/MP-bases-C217.aspx

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap-making/melt-and-pour-soap-bases/goat-milk-sfic-all-natural-glycerin-melt-and-pour-soap-base/

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap-making/melt-and-pour-soap-bases/castile-sfic-all-natural-glycerin-melt-and-pour-soap-base/

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap-making/melt-and-pour-soap-bases/olive-oil-sfic-all-natural-glycerin-melt-and-pour-soap-base/

 

Here is a photo of the Goats Milk Oatmeal Honey, Olive Oil Orange Blossom and Lemon Zest, and Lavender.

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Each of the following recipes is for One 4oz bar of soap.

Goats Milk Oatmeal and Honey Soap:  This soap is great for winter skin, as it exfoliates, moisturizes, and nourishes.

  • Place 4 oz of melt and pour goats milk soap in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in 30 second increments until the soap is melted. (Most of the soaps come in either one big segmented block which is very easy to cut or in pre-cut 1oz cubes.)
  • Add 1/4 tsp of vitamin E oil (I used the contents of 4 gel caps)
  • Place 1/8 cup of rolled or steel-cut oats in a blender until finely chopped then add to the melt
  • Add 1 tsp honey
  • If you would like to add fragrance, add up to 5 drops of honey almond fragrance oil or 1 tsp sweet almond oil
  • Pour into the mold of your choice and allow to completely dry before removing

 

Lavender Olive Oil Soap: This soap has a beautiful fragrance that will calm and refresh.

  • Place 4 oz of melt and pour olive oil soap in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in 30 second increments until the soap is melted. (Most of the soaps come in either one big segmented block which is very easy to cut or in pre-cut 1oz cubes.)
  • Add about 2 Tbs of dried lavender to the melt ( recommend chopping it in a food processor or high-speed blender, because large pieces will scratch!)
  • Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil, depending on how strong you like the fragrance
  • Pour into the mold of your choice and allow to completely dry before removing

Olive Oil Orange Blossom and Lemon Zest: This citrus-y soap is invigorating and refreshing. Great for a morning shower!

  • Place 4 oz of melt and pour olive oil soap in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in 30 second increments until the soap is melted. (Most of the soaps come in either one big segmented block which is very easy to cut or in pre-cut 1oz cubes.)
  • Add 2 tsp of dried orange blossom
  • Add 1tsp of lemon zest
  • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil, if you like a strong lemon fragrance
  • Pour into the mold of your choice and allow to completely dry before removing

 

Other great resources for finding essential oils, bases, supplies, dried herbs, fragrances, and colors are:

Bulk Apothecary

Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies

San Francisco Herb Company

New Directions Aromatics

 

 

 

 

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