soap photos

soap recipe calculations
calculations are the first step to creating excellent soap
coconut oil soap recipe
Coconut oil one of the solid oils that I use the most.
cocoa butter soap recipe
Cocoa butter is the secret to a luscious bar of soap
olive oil soap recipe
Olive oil is a magical ingredient for the skin.
soap making ingredients
Soap ingredients. Goat’s milk and beeswax from local sources.
soap making
Melting the oils in a stainless steel pot.
lye soap
Lye is available in flake or powder form. I prefer the powder, it dissolves more evenly, giving fewer surprises when making goat’s milk soap.
ice bath for goat's milk
An ice bath is essential for keeping your goat’s milk from curdling when you add the lye
cold goat's milk before adding lye
Goat’s milk before adding the lye. Always use non-reactive materials with lye, such as plastic or stainless steel.
lye reaction in goat's milk
The lye reaction will cause the milk to turn yellow. It’s important to add the lye slowly so you don’t spoil the milk with it. Takes patience. I usually freeze my goat’s milk now so that I can add the lye more quickly. You still have to be careful though.
adding lye solution to oils
Stir constantly when adding the lye solution to the oils
using hand held blender to mix soap
A stick blender is a great mixer for this but I have burned out a few. I’m going to try out a paint stirrer, the kind that attaches to a drill, to see if that works even better.
Gel phase. It’s not really recommended for goat’s milk soaps to let them enter gel phase. This is what it looks like when it does. The soap is still good, most of the time, but sometimes it can overcook your milk and spoil the soap.
Bentonite clay was added to this soap as a drawing agent. It is good for oily skin. It wasn’t a popular experiment so we haven’t made a second batch.
A horrific failure to saponify. I’m not sure what happened, this was my first soap failure. There have been others.
What not to do: don’t overestimate your crock pot’s capacity, and don’t use aluminum foil. It’s reactive and I don’t know what I was thinking.
seven deadly sins soap
wash away your sins, start with the seven deadliest
An older example of our packaging. All very home-made.
what our soap looked like at LAAFF
Coffee soap.
We got some wooden boxes after realizing how plastic everything was at LAAFF. Naturally, the soap is just a teensy bit too wide for the boxes so we have them stacked sideways.

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