Hello Friends!! So it is Tuesday again!! My day to talk about, and share my obsession with handmade soap with you guys. This week, I thought I would walk you through our process to make the soap we make and sell. This post is not intended to be instructional on soap making, but give you a little insight on how we make our soap. If you would like to make your own soap, send me a message or leave a comment. I am happy to suggest resources that have great tutorials on soap making:
- First thing is safety! We get ready in goggles & gloves. This is preparation to work with the Sodium Hydroxide (lye).
- Next the distilled water, buttermilk, coconut milk, whatever liquid we are using is mixed with the lye. Typically we do this outside because of the fumes created when mixing the lye with the liquid. If the weather is bad this all gets done in the kitchen sink, with a window open.
- After the lye solution is mixed, and left to cool to 120 degrees… it is time to move onto measuring the oils and butters. We combine them into one bowl and melt them together over a double boiler on the stove.
- After the lye solution has cooled to 120 degrees and the oils, fats, and butters are also cooled to around 120 degrees, it is time to combine them.
- The lye solution and oils, fats, and butters are blended together with a hand blender. We mix them until they reach a pudding like consistency, called trace.
- Once trace is reached it is time to add fragrance oils or essential oils.
- Finally if color is going to be added it is done now.
- The soap is then poured into a mold. This part is super fun, because it is where we create the designs in the soap.
- The soap is now covered in plastic wrap and wrapped in a towel for insulation. It will sit in the mold like this for 24 – 48 hours.
- After the soap has set in the mold for 24 – 48 hours, it is time to unmold and cut the soap. We cut the soap by hand using a ruler to measure and cut 1 inch bars of soap.
- The cut bars go to sit on a rack, where they cure for 4 – 6 weeks.
- Now it is time to photograph the soap. I enjoy this part a lot! If I do say so myself, our soap creations are super pretty!
- They are listed on the site as available for sale.
- Finally the soap is packaged, labeled, and ready to be shipped to you.
So there you have it, how the soap you buy from Honey Locust Home is made.