One of my goals for this year and by the looks of things will be this fall or during the winter will be in making soap for my family.
I know people have been making the cold process for a very long time. I have read and understand the process. But something, who knows what, keeps holding me up.
So I decided to try re-batching. From soap shavings and adding my own additional ingredients.
Here is the recipe and how I did it.
Grate 6 bars of Ivory soap and place in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat until melted. I stopped the microwave every 30 seconds to stir it and see how it was doing. It “globbed up” at first then became like warm pudding that was easy to stir. I was afraid I might burn it so stopped there, it was workable.
Once melted I added ½ C liquid glycerin, ¼ C. Olive Oil and stirred very well and lastly stirred in 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil.
I lined a baking pan with plastic wrap and poured the soap in and leveled the top as best as I could. I covered and let sit for 1 week.
After 1 week I took the soap out of the pan and cut into bars. They smell very nice and work well in the shower. They seem to be a bit on the brittle side and break easily when I use them. Over all I think they are nice and add a great deal of moisturizer to the bars and were a good rainy afternoon project. This would be a great project for a group of children to introduce them to the concept of soap making.
One could also add dried herbs, but I have read they tend to mold in soap without some type of preservative added.
I don’t think all this additional work is worth the effort for many reasons. The most important being I was still stuck with what ever ingredients the Ivory Soap Company decided to put into their soap when they made it. My reason for making soap is I will be in control of what is or isn’t in it from the start.
If making soap to save money is your motive I don’t think it will. Check the prices of the ingredients needed to produce a good bar of soap then the sale flyer, do the math ounce for ounce of finished product. I haven’t done this and might be surprized.
Over all it was fun and a good learning experience. Now onto cold process soap for me.