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    I am so happy to have found this forum. I started out making the melt and pour goats milk soap and just loved it. My desire to have a more organic soap has lead me on a wonderful journey. This summer I purchased one billy and two nannies, so each day on average I'm getting around 82-88 ounces of fresh goats milk.

    I made my first batch of soap which turned out to be about 2lbs of soap I have to say I was a nervous wreck during the entire process and until I get used to making it and not so nervous I will only make it from now on when DH and daughter are at work and school. I was so worried that somehow they would get into that lye or that I would do something stupid and get it on them.

    Alas past all that stress I finally got my soap poured into my molds and removed it from the molds 24 hours later. The soap has now made it to its 3rd week of curing. I cut off a part of a bar and tried it out just washing my hands. It was so creamy and it bubbled up no nice, it was actually a joy to wash my hands lol. The next night I used it for taking my bath and was in my own little bit of heaven.

    Another plus is its always nice to use something that you have made yourself and it's turned out well. It's awesome for my family and it tickles me when my daughter comes home from school and relates stories of telling her friends of the new things we have learned to make. It blows their minds they don't understand why we do it instead of just going to the store and buying it.

    So I'm hoping there are others on this forum that also make homemade/organic soaps. I'm doing a lot of research, trying to learn how to color the bars and make them pretty as well. So far this has been a great adventure and I sure hope there are some folks on here that are on this journey as well so that we can share tips, tricks and secrets with.

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    Default Re: Homemade Soap

    There are a lot of soap makers on this site, myself included. I love to hear the excitement of people who have just started making their own. It is a wonderful feeling when things go right!
    You can use all kinds of natural things to make pretty soap -- for instance, you can achieve pinks to dark red with Madder Root; pinkish red to bluish purple with Alkanet Root; sky blue with Woad and blue denim with Indigo; yellow from Goldenrod and Calendula as well as Safflower and Turmeric ; Annatto seeds will give you a mild yellow to a bright orange; Paprika will give you a peach to a melon orange color; Black Walnut Hull will give you a rich brown and Peppermint will give you beige (you can also get a caramel color with Honey) ; various shades of green with Burdock Leaf, Comfrey Leaf, Dandelion Leaf and Nettle leaf.
    Thanks; Virginia

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    I started making soap through a local business that offered event classes (an evening of soap making). The 3 lbs. I made has lasted months, including giving some as gifts. I am looking forward to doing some independently. I have an herb garden and would like to incorporate some of the herbs into the soap.

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    I seen the homemade soap on my son's fb and am so thankful! Can't wait to explore this site!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidMoMom View Post
    I was so worried that somehow they would get into that lye or that I would do something stupid and get it on them.
    Do you have to use LYE to make soap and where would one purchase it? Right now I'm only into MYO laundry/dishwasher detergents, but would love to try MYO bath soap and bubble bath.

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    Yes, all soap from scratch uses lye of one sort or other, it is what makes it soap. Try your local hardware store or order it online. There are recipes on this site for bath soap and for bubble bath. Hope this helps. Good Luck! Thanks; Virginia

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsmith45 View Post
    Do you have to use LYE to make soap and where would one purchase it? Right now I'm only into MYO laundry/dishwasher detergents, but would love to try MYO bath soap and bubble bath.
    No, there are different kinds of soaps


    • Melt & Pour- usually uses glycerin and doesn't require Lye, these are great for those just starting out.
    • Lye Soap Recipes
      • Animal or Vegetable Fat & Alakali (lye)
      • Animal Fat is usually Tallow
      • Vegetable Fat is usually coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, etc

    Basic Soapmaking supplies:


    - Castor Oil
    - Beeswax
    - Poppy Seeds
    - Palm Oil
    - Coconut Oil
    - Olive Oil
    - Essential oils
    - Lye



    Basic Processes of Making Soap:


    Melt & Pour- kind of self explanatory, you basically melt it down and remold it into what you want and add additional items if you want to.


    Cold Process- making soap from scratch using animal or vegetable fat and lye. (saponification) CP soaps must cure for about 1-6 months. It will be really creamy looking when it's done.

    Hot Process- The soap mixture is Heated to accelerate the saponification. You can add extra oils, it will be more "Rustic" looking and not smooth and creamy. It's a good way to make soap FAST, but you must NOT breathe in the vapor and hot soap is more difficult to add color to.
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    There is a difference between making soap and remolding soap.

    Melt and pour is using already made soap -- store bought or homemade (the saponification and waiting step has been done for you). You simply melt it, add whatever color or fragrance you want and pour it in the molds.

    Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

 

 
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