“Honey, my shaving soap is gone. Can you get me a new one?”
We love using hand crafted soap, they smell so much better and don’t have all those unwanted ingredients in them.
A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) indicates the ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create a soap-like substance.
When used for cleaning, soap allows insoluble particles to become soluble in water, so they can then be rinsed away. For example: oil/fat is insoluble in water, but when a couple of drops of dish soap are added to the mixture, the oil/fat solubilizes into the water.
Handmade soap from the cold process also differs from industrially made soap in that an excess of fat is used, beyond that needed to consume the alkali (in a cold-pour process, this excess fat is called “superfatting”), and the glycerine left in acts as a moisturizing agent. However, the glycerine also makes the soap softer and less resistant to becoming “mushy” if left wet. Since it is better to add too much oil and have left-over fat, than to add too much lye and have left-over lye, soap produced from the hot process also contains left-over glycerine and its concomitant pros and cons.
Even in the cold soap making process, some heat is usually required; the temperature is usually raised to a point sufficient to ensure complete melting of the fat being used.
Homemade soap will be kind, even healing, to troubled skin.
There are a lot of books out there to make your own soap. You have to be very precise when measuring the ingredients. You can have a peek at how soap is made in this video.
I don’t like sticking to ingredients down to a gram and not patient enough to get to a certain temperature. So I stick to buying my soap from people who come up with wonderful herbs, beers, oils etc combinations.
So I went to ArtYah to see what kind of fun smelling soaps I would find there.
and you can find many more delicious soap.
I would like to try them all, I wish there would be smelly screen right now.
Don’t they all look yummy? I found these all on Zibbet. Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the shop.
Often I stick the soap in between my clothes in the closet or drawers. And then when we run out of soap in the bathroom fish it out and get ready to use it.
Like this every soap gets “used” twice and my clothes or linen get to smell good as well.
What is your favorite soap?