I thought I’d share another interest of mine. Homemade soap making.
I’ve been making homemade cold-process soaps for years. Like baking, it’s quite a science. Two important factors needed when making homemade soaps – proper measurements of the ingredients, and the order they are added.
Homemade soap is made with three simple ingredients. Water, lye, and a fat. I like to use dried herbs like lavender from my garden, pure essential oils, and very little, if any colorants. My recipe makes a solid (hard) long-lasting bar of soap.
Since I like making soaps, but don’t need large quantities sitting around, I sell my soaps at a local gourmet market. Selling my soaps at the market helps me cover the cost of supplies, and gives me the freedom to experiment. Along with the actual soap making comes the fun of designing labels, packages, and creating marketing strategies.