Category Archives: Homemade Soap

Venturing in Liquid Soapmaking Again

On a rainy day last week, it was time for me to make liquid soap again. Since I had run out of Shea Butter, I looked for a different recipe and found one that used just two ingredients: coconut oil and olive oil. Pretty easy and straightforward.  This recipe made a little over 1/2 gallon of liquid soap which is more than double the previous recipe.

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With that 1/2 gallon, I made dish soap, foaming hand soap and body wash. Here is how I make each of them:

  • Dish soap: I fill up the mason jar with soap and add about 10 drops of doTERRA’s Purify blend (which is full of citrus oils making it perfect to disinfect).
  • Foaming hand soap: I fill up the mason jar fitted with a foaming pump and add about 10 drops of doTERRA’s On guard blend (which contains antibacterial essential oils such as wild orange, clove and eucalyptus).
  • Body wash: I used the same basic recipe as last time but added about 2 teaspoons of salt (which made the soap thicker) and about 1 tablespoon of magnesium oil (I boiled 1/2 cup of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Salt and 1/2 cup of distilled water)

*You can always substitute any liquid castile (such as Dr. Bronner’s) soap for the homemade liquid soap in the recipes above.

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I like this recipe a lot better than the other one for two reasons: for one it made a lot of liquid soap and it feels softer and less drying on the hands.

Venturing in Liquid Soapmaking

A few Tuesdays ago, I decided to make liquid soap using my crockpot. I have made liquid soap before on a stove but wanted to try another method.  I followed the instructions of Sally Hornsey in her book “How to Make your Own Soap”. It took about three days of on and off work (all in all I spent about 5-6 hours) for me to get the right consistency of soap. It was too thick at first so I ended up adding a lot more water then she recommends to dilute the soap paste.

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For the liquid soap, I used almond oil, coconut oil and Shea Butter.

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Once I had the liquid soap base to the right consistency, I used some of it to create a dish soap and a body wash. For the dish soap, I added a few drops of lemon essential oil since it has cleansing properties and I like the smell.

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For the body wash, I used the general guidelines from Mountain Rose Herbs. I combined the following ingredients together:

1oz of Aloe Vera Gel
3 oz of homemade liquid soap
3 oz of spring water
1 tablespoon of rose infused jojoba oil
15 drops of ylang ylang and rosemary essential oil
1 tsp of sea salt

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The result is a white body wash that smells heavenly but is still a little bit too liquid, so next time Ill use more salt. But I love using it regardless as it leaves a nice scent on my skin.

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I am in love with the liquid soap and am looking forward to making more. I am even thinking of including it in my shop. Would you be interested? If so, dish soap or body wash?

Another great resource for making liquid soap in the crockpot: http://ourlifesimplified.com/house/soap-recipes/homemade-liquid-soap-the-easy-way/

*sorry for the picture quality, they were taken with my phone*

New Soaps- Spring Collection

About a month ago, I had the idea of creating a “Spring Collection” for my soap. So, I researched some scent combinations and natural color options. I came up with four soaps (I have made three of them so far). I picked colors that remind me of the spring such as green (leaves coming out), dark orange (tree bark and buds), tan (the earth) and red (first flowers of the season). In my mind they come together like in a painting representing a Spring morning (note to self: paint what I imagine). Furthermore each soap has a special characteristic.

Green Swirly Soap- this is colored with Parsley powder and scented with Lavender, Rosemary and Juniper Berry essential oils. I add parsley powder to the soap at two different times to get different greens and swirled them together.

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Honeycomb Soap- the natural tan color comes from the honey and the ground oatmeal. I left it unscented. I used bubble wrap to create the honeycomb design while the soap was cooling.

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All About Shapes Dark Orange Soap- The dark orange color comes from orange peels. I scented it with Cinnamon and Lavender essential oils. I used different molds such as milk cartons and coffee cans as molds and also cut up some older soap to create some designs in the square bars.

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Red Soap- not made yet

This line will be available for sale through Local Roots (if you live in Atlanta, get the app (available the 1st week in March), Ill deliver the soap to your house 🙂 ) and my Etsy shop.  It will be release Mid-March.

 

Hearts Everywhere- from Soap to Sewing

I am not into decorating for the seasons except a little for Christmas (Christmas lights with ornaments hanging from them and a wreath on the door). But this year with my body care business and my sewing classes, I jumped the wagon and incorporated hearts in a few places.

It started with these pink hearts:

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I fell in love with their pink color. I used French Red Clay (Australian Red Clay is known to give a deep red color, I can’t wait to try it) to get that pink. It was my first time using clay to color my soap and I liked it, the color seems more soft and subtle.

My favorite thing about playing with different natural coloring mediums is that the final color of the soap is not always determined by the original color but by its chemical reaction with lye and/or oils. (I always make an 8oz batch of soap when trying new coloring mediums). I am looking forward to playing with a variety of clay to color my soap in the future.

I decided to embed the hearts into a bigger piece of soap and loved the way they turned out.

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In my sewing classes, my students have been making mini heart quilts. They all turned out super cute and the students enjoyed making them. They will also be hand sewing some smaller hearts to add to their pencil case.

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A Deeper Look at the Chemicals Found in Skin Care Products

I researched 5 of the most common harmful ingredients that are found in skin care products and summarized the information for you (see the boards below).

I gathered information from A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter, the Environmental Working Group, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

All my skin care products are free of the ingredients featured below. Next week I will share with you the ingredients I use and why.