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Soap making 101

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This post is dedicated to my awesome granola friends who taught me how to make soap on a Saturday night!!! And because of a request from one of them, this blog will be mostly pictures with little writing……

Ingredients: safflower oil, extra light olive oil, canola oil, shortening, borax, glycerine, lye, sugar, goats milk and we added grapefruit essential oil for some yummy smell!

Let’s start:

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Ingredients: check

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All oils and shortening go into a pan to melt…

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Goats milk, measuring carefully….

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The goat milk heads into a pan that is set in cold water. The lye will be added in next, very slowly, to ensure that the temperature stays below 27degrees Fahrenheit . Notice the finger pointing – this is an important step!!

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One must protect themselves from the Nasty lye!

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Again, careful measuring….

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And mix!

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In the meantime, the oils have slowly melted…

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And the lye has dissolved into the goats milk.

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Time to get the molds ready. They are lined tightly with wax paper.

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Now’s the perfect chance to say hi to the kitty, hi kitty!!!

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Serious stuff now, we are going to mix the melted oils with the goats milk/lye! This is the same time that we add the borax, glycerine, sugar and essential oils.

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Adding and stirring.

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Borax in!

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Once Everything is mixed, you must blend it together in a mixer. This was working really well for us and was very creamy and thick once it was done, like the consistency of hand soap!

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Now pouring it into the molds….

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And smoothing it out…

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Looks perfect!!!

Now, fast forward 24 hours….

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Of course I have to include one picture of the kid!!! He’s with a snowman that lived for three hours. Gotta love temps of 11 degrees!!!

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Ready to start cutting. How? Using a cleverly designed apparatus that you feed the soap through and you are able to cut even slices. Here are some pictures!

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A gorgeous slice…

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Perfect!! (by the way, we added some dried marigold leaves for texture…..looks professional, wouldn’t you agree?)

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Finished product: over 30 bars of homemade goats milk soap. It will be ready in 6 weeks!

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