…AND I’m writing a post that has nothing to do with dragons! Aren’t you proud of me? *grin*
Husband and I decided to learn how to make our own soap. It seemed like an integral part of our Zombiepocalypse plan, plus Husband got a really cool how-to book for Christmas we were just itching to try out.
We’re not talking about craft-store soap-making, either (ie: it was a bit more complicated than buying a brick of soap, melting it in the microwave, and then pouring it into tiny molds). We made what’s called Cold Process Soap, which you too can make with a few simple household ingredients!
We also needed some Lye (which we found quite easily in the plumbing section of our local hardware store), some turmeric, these little guys:
and some basic kitchen & safety gear.
Because there’s a tiny person in my belly I got to do all of the not-fun stuff and none of the fun stuff (ie: I had to wear all my safety gear, but wasn’t allowed near the lye during the chemical reactions. Boo). I actually got relegated to the kitchen & had to utilize the zoom feature on my camera to its fullest extent.
Essentially, Husband got to measure & mix the different oils & lye while I stood in the kitchen looking up possibly lethal chemical reactions on my iPad (Husband even made us open every window in the house just to be sure I wouldn’t actually inhale anything noxious… isn’t he sweet?).
The lye-and-oil reaction takes a full 24 hours to complete, so the most annoying part of the process was that I couldn’t touch any of the tools we used (or clean anything up, eesh!) until the next day.
The next step involved letting the soap cure for a few days, then popping it out of the mold & stacking it to “age” for about a month. When you’re waiting for your first ever batch of handmade, homemade, zombie-friendly Lemongrass & Turmeric soap, a month feels like FOREVER.
After the eternal month of waitingness ended, I took out my trusty vegetable peeler & prettified these little bars of soap. I had a cup of shavings left over that I was *supposed* to put in a crock pot, melt down, and remold. I instead tried to microwave them a-la the easy craft store soap-making technique. I ended up with a cup full of fail. Lesson learned! If it was okay to microwave, the instructions would have told me to microwave!
The end result: A pretty little batch of these guys, which we shared with family and friends:
(We saved 3 bars for ourselves, and MAN are they awesome – lovely lather, deliciously hydrating, and they smell AH-MAZING! I can’t wait to make the next batch!)
Here’s the book we used:
And here’s some cool info about Cold Process Soap: