Saturday, January 22, 2011

Soap Soap Soap!

Ever wonder how soap is made? Here we're weighing our solid oils.

Next we weigh out our lye. It will be mixed with distilled water, then into the warm oils.

Melting our solid oils here, olive oil will be added after these melt.

While the oils are melting, measure out your fragrance. Fragrances must be formulated for skin contact, we use pure essential oils or cosmetic grade, phlalate free fragrance oils.

Stirring the lye/water solution into the melted oils. Fragrances and any extra goodies like oatmeal are added here. We grow most of the herbs used in our soap, including lavender, rosemary, peppermint & spearmint leaves, rose petals and calendula. Our goat milk and honey come from local farms.

Soap poured into the molds. We'll be putting the molds into a warm oven, it's 10 degrees outside and my workshop is a little cold for soap.

You can see the soap in the tray mold, starting it's gel phase:

After the gel phase, the soap is left in the mold for 24 hours or so. Once out of the mold, we cut it into bars then let the bars dry or "cure" for 3 or 4 weeks. Curing helps the bar last longer and ensures mildness. Here's some rose soap, about a week into curing time:

Some Lavender Oatmeal soap, all wrapped up and ready for our fabulous customers!