Soap Making 101: Tales From a Soap Making VirginPosted by: Elle Davis on January 10th, 2013
While I’ve been making skin care products like lip balms and body butter for a while, soap making has been one thing I haven’t had the courage to tackle. To be honest I’ve been terrified because it’s out of my comfort zone…and I didn’t know what in the hell I was doing. I was a soap making virgin and when I saw a soap recipe I liked, I let it sit amongst the books on my nightstand for at least 6 months.
Over the weekend, while my husband and daughter were out of the house, I decided feck it, I was going to pop my soap making cherry. Then I decided hell no, it seems too scary. I went back and forth for a while. What can I say, I’m such a tease. Plus, the list of ingredients and the tools I needed all seemed overwhelming.
But alas, I finally decided “now’s the time” and once I started getting my supplies together, it really didn’t seem too bad. It was actually therapeutic. Just me, all alone in the house, not having to rush around – just doing something for myself. You might be thinking; why make your own soap when you can buy it at the store, crazy soap lady? I’ll tell you why: You have control of the ingredients and it’s nice to use natural when you can. Don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t live without my Olay night cream or my Garnier eye serum. Still, it’s nice to accomplish something like this and feel all “Little House On The Prairie”.
I decided to make an exfoliating hand soap with coffee. Ooooh! It’s Vanilla Latte Bar soap. I used goat’s milk because it’s so moisturizing and soothes dry skin. This is a great hand soap to have in the kitchen as it helps to absorb smells like fish and onions while leaving your hands as soft as a baby’s bum. Make sure not to use it on your face as it would be too harsh.
- 2 pounds goat’s milk melt-and-pour suspension (908 g) 2 tbsp.
- goat’s milk powder (30 ml)
- 2 tbsp. hot water (30 ml)
- 2 tsps. honey(10 ml)
- 1 tbsp. vanilla flavored coffee (15 ml)
- 2 tbsp. coffee grounds (30 ml) 1 tablespoon vanilla essential oil, divided in half (15 ml)
See, that wasn’t so bad. Now breathe and get your tools together. No, I don’t mean that tool ex-boyfriend of yours. Tool tools. Take a sip of wine if needed.
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