Revisiting the past – I made soap again!

Now that I’m knitting and gardening again, I’m rediscovering the simple pleasures of crafts that I used to do when I had more time, before my side-hustle of being a Thermomix consultant and Team Leader came along. Now that I’m on school holidays and no longer running a team, I have some time to spare. I decided to revisit soap making.

The header image of this blog is actually a shot of blocks of soap I made, years and years ago.

This blog is turning into an invaluable resource. I selected ‘soap making’ from the categories bar at the side and it took me straight back to 2010. Eight years ago! That’s when I first started making soap. I did it for 2 or 3 years, even selling it at work, until thermomix came along. I noticed a comment I made in 2012 here I said that I kept going back to a particular recipe, so I jumped onto it. Then I went shopping.

We don’t cook with canola oil any more, so that was on the list. It’s much harder to find lye/caustic soda now – I eventually tracked it down in the Plumbers section at my local hardware store. I didn’t have a stick blender, so I had to buy one of these as well.

I decided that I wanted to add oatmeal to the soap – it sounds so earthy and gentle. We always have rolled oats here – David25 loves his granola on the morning.

I also read that I liked the shape of using long-life milk containers as moulds. Here is the soap after I unwrapped it the next day. One of them obviously had a bit of a volcanic eruption after I’d wrapped it up!

I got 1.5 milk container’s worth of soap mixture from this recipe.

It doesn’t look too bad, does it? These bars will cure for around 6 weeks before they can be used, so I’ve popped them in my laundry, out of the way. IĀ knew there was a reason I put a lovely long bench in there instead of filling the whole room with cupboards!

I’m thinking I’ll make another couple of batches of soap today. They’ll make nice Christmas presents for people at work, and also Evan22 said when I told him I was going to make soap again, “Do some with poppy seeds in. They’re nice and scratchy.” He clearly craves some to take back to Ballarat.

It’s funny what kids remember. I’d forgotten that when you take the soap out of the moulds you need to touch your tongue to it to see if it’s saponified correctly. He was telling his girlfriend, “… and if it zaps your tongue like a little electric shock it means that the batch didn’t work and you have to melt it down and try again…”

I wonder what else the boys have picked up along the way? To be fair, Evan22 was always the one most interested in all my little projects. His mind was like a sponge.

I decided to save the Frankenstein-looking end as soap for me.

Waste not, want not!

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3 Responses to Revisiting the past – I made soap again!

  1. foodnstuff says:

    I’ve never bothered with all the kerfuffle of making soap. I think it’s because bought soap seems so cheap (well, I only buy the cheap stuff) and I’ve never really read anything that indicates that bought soap or the process of making it is bad, or harmful to the environment. Of course there’s cost to take into consideration (if you buy the expensive stuff) and the pleasure someone might get from being given a cake of interesting-looking handmade soap, but otherwise…….

    Guess I’ll just have to Google…”the environmental consequences of buying commercial soap” and that might see me finally making soap! (I’d better bookmark your recipe!) I’m just in the process of drying calendula petals to make a wildwood tea…I wonder how they’d look scattered through a cake of soap….hmmn!

    Yours looks good though and I like the milk carton shape.

    • Calendula petals are BEAUTIFUL in soap. I used them once for work Christmas presents one year and people went nuts for them. Good idea to dry them – they cost a fortune to buy.


  2. Urspo says:

    Not bad – not bad at all !
    As for the N-deficit soil, plant certain N-enriching plants and this will improve in no time.

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