Last week my friend Heather and I took a soap making class. It was so much fun!
Part of my homesteading goals is to make as much of my own products for family use as I possible can. (whithin reason!)
I want to know:
where is comes from,
what is in it,
what effect on the Earth is has,
is it safe/healthy for my family ect...
Making our own soap fit right in there!
Come to find out that it does have an ingrediant in it that can be "scary" while in the soap making process...LYE
This is a toxic ingredent that when mixed with rich, fatten oils goes through a soponification process. The fats that are acidic mixed with the lye which is alkaline, this nutralizes the mixture and the end product is SOAP and glycerin. Once mixed there is no more lye and it is perfectly safe!
The soap I made was ;
Organic Sunflower oil
Dead Sea clay
Sweet Orange oil
I have to what 2 weeks to use it...one week to go! It smells so wonderful, and I have 15 bars of it! Heather's soap was similar but she used , Cucumber and Lime (no clay). We decided to split out batches so we will have 1/2 of each kind! - thanks Heather!
I really want to make a shampoo bar so I do not have to buy bottles of shampoo and contitioner any more! I will let you know when I get started on this adventure!