Not long ago, I watched the Homestead Blessings: Soapmaking DVD through Netflix. I could hardly wait to try making soap! So, I found a friend who was interested in doing it too and headed out to her farm for the day!
We had so much fun making soap and learning as we went along! The best parts were being with her all day and spending the day at her peaceful farm. Soap making was an added benefit!
We split our two batches in half so that we would come out with four kinds of soap. We made lavender oatmeal, coffee spice, orange spice and lemon soaps. I would say that we learned a lot of things, but we ended up with 90 (!!) bars of soap to split between us. Lots of people will be getting a bar of soap this Christmas!
Another thing we learned is that most homemade soaps sell for about $6 a bar at craft fairs and things and we made ours for about 0.55 a bar! Wow!
I've got a bar of orange spice by my kitchen sink that I've been using and it lathers nicely and leaves my hands feeling soft. We learned that we need to add more scent next time as these are barely scented. The ones that we did not use essential oils were the least scented just from natural ingredients. I ordered my supplies here.
But, hopefully these will make a nice gift! Have you ever tried making soap from scratch before? What scents were your favorite?