I am so excited, I have been getting supplies ordered to make soap for a few weeks now. I have watched countless videos on how to use lye safely. I have made my notes to insure that I know each step to take.
I even made the boys watch a video on lye usage so they understand why not to bother me while I am making soap. Also to inform them of the reason I said, "No you can not help me."
Today I made a 2lb bar of clove soap. It smells so good. I veered on the light side for this first batch. If tomorrow when I cut it, it doesn't smell strong I will add a bit more clove oil the next time I make it.
I am using essential oils for my soaps as they are made from nature. I plan to make a batch each day for a week or so and then wait until they cure to see how they lather up.
I started by stirring the batch but ended up breaking out my immersion blender. I was going to try and wait until I found one at a yard sale but after stirring for 40 minutes I had to. After starting it up it traced in 2 minutes. I used coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and clove essential oil.
This is the homemade soap mold we came up with. It will end up making perfect 3 1/2 square blocks of soap. It is also adjustable! So this one box can make a 2 lb batch, 4 lb batch or a 6 lb batch. Here it is filled with my very first batch.
Tomorrow I am making a lavender castile soap. I will post pictures of the clove cut too! You know this is exactly what I need until the spring gets here.