Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Soap Making

The first batch of soap that Ashley and I had made has now cured long enough so we've begun using it! I am so pleased with how it came out! It has a lovely scent and a nice lather, too.

Since making the first batch, I have made soap a couple more times and have used goat's milk in those ones. It is so fun making soap, and I have many ideas of different types I would like to try.

So far I have made  . . .

~ Lavender ~
(Pictured above)

~ Tea Tree and Peppermint Wake Up Bar ~
(This is a facial bar, and we're looking forward to trying it once it finishes curing . . . only about two more weeks to go.)

. . . and the newest one . . .

~ Lavender and Orange ~

I really like the scent of this one! Plus the orange essential oil adds a pretty yellow color to the soap. The bars were just cut this morning and are curing in our room which makes it smell rather good in there. :) Next to try is cinnamon and oatmeal!


  1. How wonderful! I'd love to try this sometime.
    Was the soap difficult to make?

  2. I haven't made soap in quite a while. These really look good, Sarah. You should think about putting some in your Etsy shop.:-)
    Enjoy your day!

  3. The scents of your soap must be delicious. I recently bought some handmade soap with real rose petals in, so unusual.

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Your soap looks beautiful. Would you please consider sharing the recipes?
    Many thanks for your wonderful blog.
    Best wishes,
    Anne in Ireland.

  5. Dear Miss Sarah,

    Greetings from Maine! Your soap looks absolutely lovely...what a wonderful job you and Ashley did! I especially like the sound of the tea tree and peppermint combination... sounds as though would be gentle enough for facial cleaning.

    We often think about you and your family in Missouri and continue to pray that you are all healthy and doing well. You must be so happy to be an auntie...twice! Congratulations, the girls are so sweet.

    God bless you all,
    Mrs. Laura

  6. It looks beautiful, Sarah! I'm so glad it's turning out well for you. :)

  7. How wonderful! If you decide to put soap in your Etsy store, let us know!
    One of my favorite soaps from a shop in Ohio, is carrot and calendula. It uses real shredded carrots- and I love it as a facial soap.
    Where did you learn soap making? Can you make any recommendations to a beginner?
    ~Tammy~ (PB4UGO) (Mom of Becky at BSJonesJourney)

  8. How delightful homemade soap is... it is so refreshing and a joy to make as well as use! The Lavender bars look wonderful, and the orange ones must be perfect to lather onto your face. ;) This past summer I made oatmeal cinnamon soap and loved the sweet smells... this is definitely an art that I long to learn more about.

    Wonderful job, Sarah!


  9. Your soap looks lovely - practical ans aesthetic. :). I would love to try making some in the future. What do you use for our molds?

  10. Thank you all for your kind comments! I enjoyed each and every one of them. :)

    ~Julianne . . . I am sure you would enjoy making soap! And no, it is easy to make and it doesn’t take very long either (which was a surprise to me!) When making my last batch, from the time I started gathering the supplies to the time I washed the last pot, it only took about an hour and a half. (And I know I’ll get faster the more I do it.) There is a lot to know, though, and if you were interested in making soap sometime, I would highly recommend the book The Natural Soap Book. It was very helpful to me!

    ~ Mrs. Anne . . . . thank you! I am seriously considering it. :) Soap making is something that I found that I really enjoy, and I know I would enjoy making and selling it!

    ~ Elizabethd . . . the soap with rose petals in it sounds lovely!

    ~ Anne in Ireland. . . thank you for your kind words! And you’re welcome. :) Most times I am more than happy to share on my blog recipes for the things I make, but this particular recipe and the instructions for making it were given to me by a friend for my personal use, and she is planning to write an e-book that should be available sometime in 2013. If you’d like, you can send me your e-mail address, and I can let you know when it comes out! In the meantime, there is a book that I can highly recommend, and it was the one that got me started with soap making. It is called The Natural Soap Book, and it has some recipes in it as well, though, they are different than the ones I made and also use a different method. But at least it could get you started! :)

    ~ Mrs. Laura . . . welcome back! And thank you. Yes, I am so happy to be an aunt to my two precious nieces!

    ~ Joy . . . thank you! :)

    ~ Tammy . . . welcome to my blog, and thank you! I will be sure to let you know if/when I add soap to my Etsy store. :) The soap that you mentioned with carrot and calendula sounds good! I would imagine that the carrots would also give it a beautiful color. I learned soap making in many different ways . . . one, by reading a book called The Natural Soap Book (it is excellent!) Another was talking with other soap makers and primarily my sister-in-law Ashley who has a wealth of soap-related information! She has helped me so much, and she’s who I go to when I have questions. She also came over and helped me make soap the first time which was so helpful! As far as recommendations for a beginner, the book I mentioned is a great starting point. It goes through all of the different oils, nutrients, etc. used in soap giving their uses, how they function in the finished soap, etc.; it explains in detail the soap making process; and it has a bunch of excellent sounding recipes! The only somewhat negative thing about the book that I found is that the recipes are for such large batches that they are a little more difficult for a beginner to make, and plus, larger batches means you have more of one scent of soap and can’t experiment as much. BUT, there are a lot of wonderful recipes online so that after you get started with soap making, you can venture into using those. Also my friend (whom I got the recipe and instructions for the soap I make) is planning to write an e-book that should be available sometime in 2013. I’ll let you know when it is out!

    ~ Shannon . . . it was so nice to hear from you again! The oatmeal cinnamon soap sounds so good. That’s actually the one that I am hoping to make next! :)

    ~ Angela . . . thank you! And welcome to my blog! I am sure you would enjoy soap making . . . it is a simple process and the results are so rewarding. So far all that I have used for a mold is a plastic pull out storage drawer that measures approximately 12” x 9” x 2”. But really, anything can be used!

  11. Lavender and orange! What a lovely combination. I would never have thought of it. I once made lavender and peppermint lip balm from beeswax and almond oil. That was a very nice scent.

    Your soap bars are perfect. Why is it everything you do always turns out so beautifully? (or do you just not show us the mistakes... :-p)

    As for molds, I believe milk cartons cut lengthwise makes a good mold for soap.

  12. Your soap is beautiful, Sarah! There is something about homemade soap that just looks so lovely and homey. I'm so excited for you in this new venture! Making soap is something I have dreamed of (as I have a lot of other things), but I haven't made any - yet :).

    I didn't get a chance to comment on your last post but I really enjoyed it! Your sweet little nieces are growing up so fast and it is fun to "watch" them through pictures. Your posts on family are always my favorite!

  13. ~Rena . . . Thank you for your comment! Usually the not so pretty things and the 'flops' aren't shown. :) I have heard that milk cartons work well for soap molds, too. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Anna . . . it was so nice to hear from you again, and thank you for your sweet comment! I am so glad you are enjoying the posts. :) And the family ones are some of my favorites to share! I hope you are able to make soap someday. I know that you would enjoy it!

  14. This is funny! I usually make the same combo of soap. I love the peppermint/tea tree for the face and I make a orange/tangerine/lavender as well. Sometimes I make a tea trea/geranium, which is also very good for the face. we also Rosemary/peppermint or now in the winter time, orange/cinnamon/clove
    We love our home made soap, it has helped our little one with her eczema. Melanie

  15. Soap is a craft I have wanted to try for a long time. I have many projects to get caught up on this winter. If we have a long winter thus allowing me more time, maybe soap crafting is an art I can explore.


  16. Sarah,
    That is just amazing how quickly it can be made!
    I will look for that book! Thanks so much.


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