Packaging up the soaps
So years ago my awesomely crafty sister in law gave all her sister in laws and sisters wonderful handmade soaps for a gift at Christmas, and has done so almost annually since. I didn't know when she gave us that first soap how she made them or how long it took to do it. I honestly didn't even know that people made their own homemade soaps! But I thought it smelled amazing and was a really neat gift. They were so cute with their country look and wrapping that I couldn't bring myself to actually use them, so I kept them as a part of my bathroom décor.
In recent years I have been trying to eliminate chemicals in my home in an attempt to help keep my family healthier, though I am by no means a "crunchy/granola mama." So I decided to break down and actually use these adorable soap bars that I knew had much less unreadable chemicals in them. I loved them! But only getting one at Christmas time every year meant that I didn't have enough to use for very long (and still wanted a couple of bars for decorations - they are so darn cute!). I then looked into making cold process soap myself. I mean, I was already making my own liquid laundry soap and dishwasher detergent, I figured it couldn't be that big a deal.
Whoa (read that as Keanu Reeves!)
A little more in depth than I was looking for.
Um... No. I was not going to make soap right now. Using lye and needing eye protection?!? Waiting 6 weeks for it to be ready?!? Not for me. I will just have to wait till next Christmas to get more from my sister in law that I was in awe of at the moment for taking on such a daunting task, or order some from Etsy.
Well it's now a few years later. I am helping to run an essential oil of the month club, where each month we send out a top secret oil, a recipe card, and most if not all the things needed to make the recipe (let me know if you are interested in joining in the fun in our spOILed club!). For March it is actually 2 awesome oils, and the recipe was for melt and pour soap using Rosemary oil. I. Love. It. I love researching the soap recipes to make, getting the supplies ready, making the actual soaps, everything! I think it is so neat to make my own soaps, and my kids just love to use them. I want to do more. I want to make more. I want to try my hand at packaging it and selling my very own soaps, so I'm selling mini soaps in my Etsy and Scott's Marketplace shops and putting them out for sale at Bowman's Home and Garden Store. And now I am ready to make the cold process soap!
So I ordered all the ingredients and supplies I will need to make my first batch of goat's milk soap. My package should arrive in the mail any day now. I will show you pics from my first batch and let you know how it goes!