Soap Update

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Back in November I wrote about the new soap recipe that I made, and I mentioned in that post that I would let you know how it turned out. I used an oil combination of 40% coconut oil, 40% tallow and 20% olive oil. I also added aloe to it. The types and amounts of oils used in a soap will determine things like how hard the soap is, how cleansing, or conditioning it is and if the lather is creamy or bubbly.

My husband and I have been using this soap for several weeks now so I will share his thoughts as well as mine.

First my husband’s comments, “I love it!” (Short and to the point.)

Now my critique: I find it to be a nice balanced soap. It is a hard bar of soap but not so much that I couldn’t cut it. (In the past I have made some soaps that crack when I attempt to cut them.) It can be worked into a nice creamy lather and it it does not dry out my skin. (Normally this time of year the skin on my calves gets really dry but that hasn’t happened yet.) My favorite part about this soap is the addition of aloe. Aloe gives kind of a silkiness to the lather that makes it a great soap for shaving.

When I posted about making this recipe one of my readers asked me for a soapmaking tutorial. I have decided to break the tutorial up into 3 posts that will be done over the next two or three weeks. If you are interested in learning to make you own soap, you can follow my blog by email or for those with a WordPress account you can follow along in your WordPress reader.

Thank for visiting.

23 thoughts on “Soap Update

  1. I am glad that you are still making soap. I was very disappointed when I finished the bars I got from you years ago. I really enjoyed them. I will try to follow your tutorial when you post it,but I have very little confidence that mine will be as good as yours. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. I am not sure. I am due to retire at the end of June, so I may wait until fall for my next visit (with hubby this time). I promised my grandson Braygen that I would come to one of his football games this year.
        You can always come to Janae’s wedding in April and bring some to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I really just want to make soap for family, but I’d love to teach others how to make their own. I’m also a big believer in shopping local so if you don’t want to make your own, I bet you can find someone in your area that makes soap. Check farmers markets or craft sales. I would say look for a soap that has 40% or less coconut oil as it can be very drying. While I haven’t made goat milk soap (we don’t have goats) I hear it is really good for dry skin.

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your new soap recipe. I’m not tempted to try making my own, but I appreciate creative soap. Daughter Lise has a friend with a small soap-making business, and she gave me two bars. I’m still using the first one and loving it.

    You will laugh at the way I read one sentence with my wacky eyes. It said, “My first husband’s comments..”

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    1. There are so many ways to be creative when making soap. It can be a lot of fun to see/feel the results. I’m glad you found some you like. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m also glad you reread that sentence. LOL!

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