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!
All oils and shortening go into a pan to melt…
Goats milk, measuring carefully….
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!!
One must protect themselves from the Nasty lye!
Again, careful measuring….
In the meantime, the oils have slowly melted…
And the lye has dissolved into the goats milk.
Time to get the molds ready. They are lined tightly with wax paper.
Now’s the perfect chance to say hi to the kitty, hi kitty!!!
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.
Adding and stirring.
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!
Now pouring it into the molds….
And smoothing it out…
Now, fast forward 24 hours….
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!!!
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!
A gorgeous slice…
Perfect!! (by the way, we added some dried marigold leaves for texture…..looks professional, wouldn’t you agree?)
Finished product: over 30 bars of homemade goats milk soap. It will be ready in 6 weeks!