Homemade Soap

I have been making a lot of soap!  I have about 80 bars now, I think that will be enough for some time.  I plan to give some for Christmas presents.

My first attempt was a simple recipe I found for equal amounts of coconut oil and olive oil.  That soap is very hard!  Then I went on to a recipe from Rhonda at Down To Earth.  This soap has cured for 2 months now.  It is ok, but it took a long time to cure (harden) and it is not very sudsy.  Third try was a plain lard soap.  This soap became hard quickly and is a nice white color.  It is ok.  I like my 4th try of mostly lard with the addition of coconut oil.  The coconut oil helps make the soap sudsier.

Some of the lard/coconut oil soap was grated up to use in my homemade laundry detergent and it worked well.  But on my next batch I used 1/2 my soap and 1/2 Fels Naptha.  I felt the Fels would make a little more power to it. In one lard recipe I added some ground oats and honey.  In another batch I added buttermilk powder and honey.

In the picture on the bottom is a box of cured soap 3 layers deep!

homemade soap drying

Oct 27th, 2011
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