Monday, April 20, 2009

Making Soap



This past Saturday Compulsive Writer held a Saturday Swap at her home. She taught me how to make soap (the real kind - with lye) and I showed her how to make my Kamut Bread recipe. Click on over to her place to see more pics.

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of us in our long rubber gloves and shop glasses - quite the visual treat, I'm sure. Making soap was both easier and harder than I thought, slightly more dangerous than I realized, and way more fun than I expected.

We weighed each ingredient carefully, mixing the green tea and lye (letting it sit and cool - I had no idea it heated up so much), and then melting the solids. Once each mixture had cooled to 110 degrees we combined them while stirring by hand. Next we blended it with a stick blender (pulsing and letting it rest) until it came to "trace."

Lastly, we mixed in the fragrance oils (lemongrass and eucalyptus), greased the molds, poured the soap, and covered with wax paper. Those ain't yo mama's Pringles!

This morning I peeled the Pringles container off the hardened soap

and sliced it.


Now it just needs to cure for 4 weeks in a cool, dark place while saponification occurs. Making soap is on my 40 before 40 list. I hadn't been making any real progress with my list so thanks, Dalene, for giving me just the boost I needed to get going again. Stop by The Lazy Organizer and see the apron she made for her son as well as more Talk About Tuesday

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

How fun! I think that's really cool. I love soap that looks like you can eat it!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Lucky! I've been wanting to learn to make lye soap for a while now.

Mad Libs Millie said...

The best part is that you get to eat a whole can of Pringles before you make soap. Aw yeah.

Seriously, it sounds fun and your soap looks great!

athena said...

that's awesome! maybe one day i'll make some too! =)

The Lazy Organizer said...

That looks very cool. I would love to do it too but it sounds much too difficult for me to attempt on my own.

JENNIFRO said...

Now THAT is cool! Are you going to be teaching US how-to on your next visit?

Shawn said...

Wow! That soap looks so neat----is the smell amazing? I can just imagine it....

betterislittle said...

I have a friend that makes her own soap and I am so jealous! It looks so daunting! Great job!! Looks like a lot of fun.

Mrs. Organic said...

It smells SO amazing. I can't wait to use it and gift it.

newlyweds said...

Great job! Love the idea using the pringles. I have a 30 before 30 list I need to get snapping on it!

Chanelle said...

WOW! That is so neat and I bet they will be wonderful to use~

Emma J said...

I am so inspired by your 40before 40 list! Too late for me but I think I'll start a 50 before 50 - except I have to make them all possible to do so that I don't sit around on my birthday feeling like a failure . . .

compulsive writer said...

Thank you Corrie--I had a great time! And I think all of your 30 before 30 and 40 before 40s better get busy. If you wait till past 40 that means you have to do fifty!

Kenna said...

Cool next time you try let me know i would love to learn.