Mixing up a batch of spring fresh

The other afternoon I decided to make a batch of soap.  I usually make homemade (cold-process) soap from scratch, but it can be a bit tricky, and time-consuming.  So, on occasion I cheat and  buy a block of glycerin soap base at the local craft store. This is the easiest and safest way to make soap in your own kitchen.

On this particular day I was in an easy mood, and I was thinking along the lines of spring fragrances and colors,  I had a half of lemon that needed to be used up so I knew which direction I was headed in where fragrances were concerned. 

I peeled the skin off the lemon and ground it in the food processor. Next, I melted the glycerin base in a large glass measuring cup in the microwave. Once melted, I added my choice of colors, scents, and herbs.  I poured the liquid into greased molds ( you can use either store-bought molds, or containers you have on hand like pudding cups, milk cartons, etc.) Once the soap hardened, I unmolded it.

 

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  I opted to make three different fragrances for this project.

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Lemon Melon (pictured on the right) is made with yellow colorant, lemon-melon oil, and ground lemon rind, Vanilla Lavender (pictured in the center) is made with no colorant, vanilla oil, and dried lavender, and Lemon Lavender Carnation (pictured on the left) is made with yellow colorant, carnation oil, ground lemon rind, and dried lavender.

Make a batch of these pretty little soaps to brighten your day, and give a bar to a friend to brighten their day too.

Oh, and one more thing. The winner of the giveaway is Elisha.  Congratulations!!

 

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A Cake of Soap

  

HomemadenLavendar Soap
Lavender Homemade Soap

 

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.  

Tickled Pink Homemade Soap

 

Orange Spice Homemade Soap