My first batch of real soap - Follow up
Here is a follow up to my Making Soap post. If you missed it click here. Here is the picture of the fresh soap that I made all by myself straight out of the mold. I made this way back in March and then was silly enough to put this in my garage to dry out, but didn't think about the humidity so I moved the soap to my sewing room. It took much more longer to dry out that I had considered until I put it my sewing room.
Here is the before picture. Fresh soap just out of the mold. So nice and pretty. Smells fabulous as well.
Here is the cured product. There was, as you can see, discoloration from the colorants I used. I didn't pay attention to what I used I just used what I had. There were two that came with a kit that I had purchased. In the kit that I had purchased the soap was in different colored layers and not mixed like mine.
I have to say for a first time batch of soap I am impressed with myself. Nothing exploded, I didn't burn my hands or fingers off, I didn't poison anyone and the soap stayed in the mold. I can always work on my colors and make more soap experimenting with colors to see what works and what doesn't. I am leaning toward more natural colors to expand my skills on.
So over all I have learned that making soap isn't has hard as you think. I learned that even though you need to be careful of the chemicals that you use, if you use them safely, the process is amazing. To think that oils and lye can make a fabulous bar of soap that keeps you clean and smelling good and takes care of your skin. This is the real reason why I wanted to make soap in the first place. The bars of "soap" that you buy in the grocery store just isn't the same as what I have made and so much better for my skin.
Over all, I will definitely be making more soap. I want to learn more about what oils do what so that I can make soap specifically for my skin and my families skin. My husband and daughter have some skin conditions that I think I can help with by making my own soap.
This first batch is pretty ugly but works and smells wonderful. I have some fragrance oils that I want to use and then possibly get essential oils for a more all natural/ organic/ homeopathic soap. Maybe...one day.