my soap journey
IT GOES WAY BACK!
As a child, we would go to my grandparents farm and make soap. We would collect our bacon grease from the year and gather the lye and proceed to make soap very carefully. Back then on the farm you used what you had….we had bacon grease! We were told not to bathe in this soap, just use it as a pre-treat for you clothes (unless you got into some poison ivy). The recipe we used was handed down and it was not the exact science that it is today, so the fear came from lye heavy soaps.
Now I use calculators to help with the saponification of the different oils that I use to insure properly balanced soaps. I use the batch method in my soap making process. I have most of my oils in a big pot, melt them all together and use that combination to make my soap. I do not use bacon grease in my soaps. My batch is: olive oil, rice bran oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and castor oil, I then add coconut oil or babassu oil to finish out the soap base.
As an adult, I have what is called contact dermatitis My trigger is coconut oil. You will find many of my soaps, and all my lotions are coconut and palm free! Babassu is my oil of choice, that way I can safely use my handmade soaps, lotions and shave creams.
I also make many unscented products. Around our house unscented is the way to go. Many allergies are from scents! The men’s beard oil and beard balm are unscented. My thought process is: why would you want to add another scent to yourself. You probably have scented shampoo, scented deodorant, scented cologne, maybe scented hair products. How many more did you want to add?? I can add scent, I choose not to. I try to make the unscented soaps fun colors, there isn’t any reason why unscented soaps need to be boring?