Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ever since I first discovered the world of Handmade, mostly through my experiences with Etsy, I have been enthralled with the idea of making my own soap. I initially searched through the multitudes of sellers on Etsy to find Theraganics, from whom I purchased several bars of soap. I loved it! I was hooked. It made my skin feel so soft and smooth, it smelled wonderful, and best of all, it was natural and handmade! So, since then I've been doing research on cold-process soap making, and slowly purchasing supplies with which to make my very own soap. I have my recipe all set to try, but I am waiting for my order of lye to arrive, thanks to the new restrictions placed on purchasing this hazardous chemical. My recipe includes various oils, coconut milk, and honey. It's a basic, moisturizing soap, good, I think, for my first attempt. I have also been researching herbs for skincare, and I think I want to eventually make either a comfrey or calendula soap, both of which seem to be good for skin disorders such as eczema. I'd love to make one of these for my sister in law and nephew, both of whom have eczema. But I get ahead of myself. I have yet to make my first batch, but when I do, I will document the entire process here.