I love learning about soaping. Not only the ingredients people use but the steps they take to make their soap. I decided to work on a post about the steps I take for each and every soap. Trust me, they aren’t glamorous or exciting, just basic steps to make sure I can make the soap I want.
Mix my lye water. I’m a multi-user. I like to reuse items. This is a lemonade container. My family loves this stuff, so I have plenty. It makes me feel better reusing disposable items a couple of times before I toss it in the recycle bin.
Once my lye water is mixed I begin the process of preparing to soap. First I paper my work area. I again recycle, using the newspaper mailers that we seem to receive daily.
Next I get my colors organized. For this I used Brambleberry’s King’s Gold Mica, Electric Bubble Gum and Snowflake Sparkle Mica
Line my mold. I hate this part, but it’s a necessary evil. I made soap once without lining the mold. It quickly turned into a soapfail.
Begin heating my oils and butters. This is when the fun begins…kinda sorta.
Once all oils and butters have liquefied and my lye water is the proper temp, I mix and begin blending.
Using the lemonade container lid, I have a place to put my stickblender when not in use.
Once I hit trace, I pour my mixture into the containers with the colors. I blend a little more, then pour into the mold.
I took this out of the mold and let it sit for another 24 hours, then I cut into bars.
This is what she looks like today. The fragrance oil that I used (Radiant Red Maple, from Wholesale Supplies Plus) caused it to brown.
When I first cut it, I thought next time, I would add white so the soap wouldn’t brown. After a few weeks out, I loved the brown edges and white interior. Six weeks out with it all browned, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. One thing for sure, the look is pretty unique. What I do love is the smell. The smell is amazing! A soft outdoorsy smell, Radiant is perfect for men and women.
***I have not added Radiant to the etsy shop. I think these bars are better sold in person. The coloring is odd and difficult to appreciate through a picture, at least I cannot capture it. Radiant is made with coconut oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, sunflower oil, and castor oil. I love using this soap! It leaves my skin feeling soft and super moisturized. I’ll give as gifts and sell at the next craft fair I attend. If you’d like to purchase a bar ($4.00 + shipping and handling), please send me an email.