I remember your candle thread Laurie and it even inspired me to make my own for a while. Unfortunately life got in the way and so I still have a huge bag of wax sitting there. I must get on and make some more now that things have settled down. Good luck with the soaps, are you going to sell them or give them as gifts?
Just give them away and also they're cheaper than buying soap unless you buy the very cheapest soap ( we always get Dove) so I think having nice soap, which of course I prefer, will be better. I love Crabtree and Evelyn lavender soap so I think the goats milk with lavender will be just as nice.
I've picked tons of lavender and hung it to dry for a couple of weeks - you can use it fresh, it's just more of a bugger getting them off the stem.
My lavender soaps aren't dry yet, will upload a picture when they are - I used 20ml of essential oil and a large bunch of lavender heads - I didn't have any of the blue/lilac colour (used it all for candles) so I think the lavender soap will be a greeny colour.
I've used the clear soap base for both but I think the lavender ones will look best in the goats milk base but that's for making tomorrow - my entire house, just like with the candles, stinks of lavender and honey!
I've now uploaded the lavender ones and put all of them in a box to just stiffen.
It is as I thought with the lavender, they would look much prettier in a milky soap base and if I don't want them green I'm going to have to use a blue colouring.
Also I missed out the most amazing thing - if you don't like them/they're too strong/not strong enough with oil YOU CAN JUST REMELT THEM!! and add more base/oil/ingredients - how fab is that !!
In that box is 1kg of clear soap base made up - 29 soaps for £7 (including postage). I ordered 4kg all together to get cheaper postage. I also used about 70p worth of honey/ a handful of oats/ lavender oil about £2.
I think there's a few nice small gifts in there for £10 - and there's endless combinations you can make up.
I've been looking at making soaps for Christmas this year (we're on a very tight budget!). I'm thinking about some real christmassy fragrances etc. Does anyone have any idea of things that work best? I'm thinking cinnamon/orange/almond smells remind me of christmas, does anyone have any fail-safes I could use for my first go?
Also what types of dye should I use (I admit I was thinking of food colouring, but after seeing the state of my hands after a batch of random-rainbow-coloured cup cakes, I'm not so sure this is such a great idea!)
Oh it's fab Laurie - I really need to get my butts together and make some batches for Christmas.
Basic recipe is some sort of fat, some water and some sodium hydroxide.
Heat the fat if solid, otherwise if its oil then add the sodium to the water, then once that's gone all fizzy and hot stir into the liquid fat and keep stirring till its starts to trace - which is when out starts to hold its shape a bit. Then you have to add any smells and colours quick as you can so you can pour it into moulds before its gone too hard.
Caution - that's the outline once you know what you're doing. When you're starting you need to follow more detailed instructions, and when you're making up recipes you need careful calculations for all the ingredients.
And however long you've been doing it you need gloves, goggles and possibly a mask.. Because you're playing with proper dangerous chemicals and turning them into gorgeous smelly cosmetics.
I love it
Pm me if you want a recipe, but be warned you have to wait a month for it to cure before you can use it.
Gld you chipped in DameFanny I have a soap making friend, he regards melt and pour as not making soap. I've been bored to death educated about cold process vs hot process, the pros and cons of various ingredients and the saponification value of different oils/fats.