Well today, I FINALLY had time to make my very first batch of cold process soap – and what an adventure it was. I used the Bramble Berry Beginner’s Cold Process Soap Kit
(This is not an affiliate link. I just like Bramble Berry).
It included everything I needed. Except… I didn’t remember that the box was supposed to be the mold – oops.
Anyway, this is me:
This is me making cold process soap:
Any questions? Just kidding, don’t ask me questions, because I really don’t know much about this yet. Honestly, mixing the lye water is probably the worst part of this project. The rest was more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.
The one important thing I have learned is this. People are often afraid of lye in soap. BUT, here’s the deal. After 24 hours, the soap is cut and set to cure for 6 to 8 weeks. The process of curing is called saponification. During this time, the lye reacts with the oils to form soap and glycerin. There is NO LYE in the final product. Interesting huh? Glycerin works to moisturize the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer. It also forms a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss. As it turns out, store-bought soap, has the glycerin removed. Companies do this because they can sell the glycerin separately to make greater profit. So, if you’ll notice, when buying a bar of “soap” at the store, they are not allowed to label it soap. They must label it as a “beauty bar”, “body bar”, or “face bar”.
So, in my journey for cleaner, softer skin, I’m going to give this a shot. Keeping skin moisturized can be tough. Especially in this, sometimes harsh, mid-western climate.
Here are a couple more pics of my amazing soap-making experience:
And…here’s my finished soap, poured into the mold.
It needs to set for at least 24 hours before I can take it out of the mold and cut it. So, stay tuned, tomorrow afternoon will be the cutting ceremony for my very first (and maybe my last?) truly handmade product. Gah! I can hardly wait.
See you on the flip-side!
Peachily Yours, Michelle 🙂