Yesterday I brought all my soap making equipment up from the basement, washed it off and put it to use. I used to make soap often in the winter for sale in the spring/summer but that hobby has been replaced with being a farmer Momma. For now, I make soap for gifts, to fill orders, and for our home. My children have never used anything other than my homemade soap and my friends/ family swear by it (not to blow my own horn or anything…)
I use the cold process method with premium quality olive, coconut, palm and sweet almond oils. It is a basic recipe I learned about 10 years ago when I lived in Vancouver. If anyone is interested in the recipe, just send me an email. I have adapted this recipe to make many different types using essential oils, honey, dried flowers and botanicals (which grow here in the summer) and the combinations are endless. Some of my favourites soap recipes are: wheat germ, oats and honey, rosemary sunflower, lavender, and peppermint cocoa.
I can’t imagine life without homemade soap. It is one of those luxuries that people pay big bucks for but I can make it for less. I love when I can take something that is considered expensive (soap, crusty bread, cake etc..) and make it myself. There are so many things I would like to learn too. I would love to whip up and set of dishes with a pottery wheel or sew curtains for the windows. I am not there yet, maybe someday.
Today, I will make soap.