Sunday, August 4, 2013

Homemade Bar Soap with Green Girl Basics

Had a delightful day wandering through the woods with a dear friend, chillin' & then having a late night soap making session. I never quite knew the creative joys of soap making until last night.  My dear friend Colleen is an experienced soap maker & walked me through the process using her Green Girl Basics soap making kit.  

Super easy folks!  Seriously.  You don't have to own an electronic scale because she has everything  premeasured.  We gathered up some supplies that would be dedicated to soap making; pot, whisk, wooden spoon, thermometer, rubber gloves, goggles, soap mold (which could be repurposed milk carton) and soap ingredients.  

Luckily, I had Colleen's assistance because I was trying a trickier cold process soap, using up breast milk that I had in the freezer.  Decided on a milk soap using lime, lemongrass, cedar & ginger essential oils with chamomile & calendula petals I had harvested and dried from the garden.

I learned about the basic chemistry of making soap and about the process of saponification.  I put on my rubber gloves & goggles, transforming into a chemist.  Soap was being created as I stirred my batch by hand (for future batches I will be purchasing a stick blender) until it thickened just enough and was ready for me to pour into my mold.  

"The soap making process is simply the combination of an acid and a base to form a salt also known as soap. Something acidic combines with something alkaline to produce something neutral – this in case, a mild bar of soap. Saponification is the chemical process of making soap that involves an exothermic reaction between lye (sodium hydroxide) and a fat (usually oils). What is commonly known as cold process soap making yields a glycerin-rich soap. Cold process soap is also known as lye soap" 
 - Green Girl Basic Soap Making e-Book. 

Homemade Bar Soap

I was really happy with the results and cannot wait until the soap is finished curing!  It smells exotic and is full of rich moisturizing oils that will be great for me and my family's skin.  I look forward to experimenting with different essential oils and ingredients in future bars of soap.  In Green Girl Basic's eBook, she talks about different ways to dye the soap naturally or I'm even thinking about using different herbal infused teas.  Gosh, she even has a basic recipe for making my own soap for laundry.  So many possibilities for DIY clean. 

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  1. Oh this sounds so amazing! Thanks for sharing, I've always wanted to delve into soap-making. Might be time.

    1. I bet your soap would be quite divine. Will be driving through your neck of the woods on our way out west. A bar of soap just might be in your future ;)