Monday, November 9, 2009

My Very Very First Home Made Soap :D


...ta-daaaa - I am so stoked right now - just had to cut this log (3 hours too early) but the kids wanted to see the soap and it had set perfectly... it is not the prettiest of soaps (LOL) but it smells divinely (lavender scent) and the bars are cut very chunky (that's my hubby's suggestion) ... now I will take them to my art studio and find a quiet dry corner for them to sit in for the next 4 weeks :D before we can actually enjoy these bars in the shower.

OK, I have a few plans for a few more batches with different scents which I will make over the next week and that should set us up for the next year LOL (no more buying soap from the supermarket for me) - the honest truth about these home made cold pressed soaps is that they are so moisturising and gentle on the skin and I am glad this 'soap making' bug has bit - such a useful thing to make.

Chat soon Blogger buddies, all the best until my next post - cheers and hugz Val xoxo




26 comments:

  1. I love home made soaps too. I make glycerin soaps and they are SO easy!!!

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  2. I have never made soap but yours looks great and the smell of Lavender...wow I love it.
    Don't forget to let us know what the soap is like in the shower.
    Cheers buddy.

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  3. They look great - well done! :-)

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  4. Hi Ladies :D

    Diane, I think I may have to try making some glycerin soaps too - I am on a roll here :)

    Hi Dors, 4 weeks seems like such a long time to wait before we can use these :( but I will definitely let you know what the soap is like :)

    Hi Dragonfly, thanks buddy, cheers!

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  5. oh wow!!! they look beautiful!!! man... i wish i could make soap like that!! what's the diff btwn glycerin and cold press soaps??

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  6. I 'smell' a new hobby comin' on for you! :)
    These look wonderful and I imagine they smell great! Good job!

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  7. Oh dear...you are unstoppable..at first I thought you had backed something tasty like a marblecake or something...but its soap!!...love the great chunks...you can find them again with your eyes closed when they fall on the showerfloor...lol...they must smell great too...who does'nt love lavender..i have tried it once to make soap..NOBODY wanted to use it..even the dog did not want to go under the shower affraid i would use it on her..must have done something wrong..i thought it smelled ok but it did look funny and the color looked like something nasty...but yours is very good..smells through your whole house i guess...lovely!!
    Take care dear Val...greetings ♥ Francien.

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  8. These look good Val - great for a first attempt! Have fun with it, it's very addictive ;)

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  9. Val, how exciting!!!! I would love to have one of your soaps! :-) I was actually thinking to try making soap as well, but my hubby thinks it's a mess...... Is this your regular oven? Can you share a bit the process of making? Talk to you soon, Helen.

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  10. Hey Luthien, thanks buddy - you should give it a try, its a little fiddly but if I can make a batch I am sure anyone can - the glycerin soap is totally see-through but its made in the same way, as war as I know - both are made with natural oils stuff you can buy from your supermarket but I am by no means an expert in soap making - just google cold pressed soap and you will get heaps of info, thats what I did :D

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  11. Hi Darla, yes yes yes, new hobby has been born LOL - its fun to make and I can see myself getting very artistic with these bars :D

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  12. Oh Francien, that is too funny :D - I am sure the soap was just fine, only the color was a bit weird :D - try adding some color to it - I in fact added blue but as you can see, I got lilac pink for some reason - still trying to work that one out myself LOL. I have a few fragrances ordered (mint and gardenia) my fave scents, so I will make a few more bars with gardenia especially a I love that scent so much :D - take care and chat soon buddy, Val xo

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  13. Hey Helen, give soap making a try - so much fun - I have DMed you on FB - cheers buddy, Val

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  14. Hi Erin, thanks mate - my bars cannot even come close to your works of art - I still love your soaps the best! I plan to make a few more batches and they will be ready in time for Christmas (great gifts they will make) - cheers Val xo

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  15. I think they look great Val, and yes 4 weeks is going to seem like an eternity waiting for them to be ready to use. Enjoy the new hobby!

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  16. wow that is so awesome Val. I think I am going to follow your lead and have a go soon. I would love to make some organic soap, it says you can use coconut oil which my mum buys organically and loves so I'm gonna have a go wooohoooo this is so exciting. She also uses therapeutic grade essential oils (so they can be ingested, I have some too) so might have a go with them too, or just get my mum to do it HAHAHA Yours turned out so pretty though! What a shame you have to wait to use them! If I'm too lazy to make my own I might have to put an order in with you!

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  17. is there anything you cant do?? Im so jealous. I have a question. Whats the difference between glycerin soap and the ones that you made?

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  18. Good for you Val! Such a great way to save money. I would love to know how to make soap.

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  19. Hi Incalesco, Jade, Gypsy Rose and Michelle - thanks lovely ladies - this will turn out to be a great hobby, a few friends have already rang me and put their orders in LOL - 'dejavu' thats the same thing that happened when I first started painting.

    Anyway, this is the link I found on the net which was so useful and explained all the different soap types and how to make them:

    http://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/Cold-Process-Soapmaking-p-11.html

    If anyone is interested in how to make these soaps, just take a look at the link and see what you think - I love home made soap and have been buying it for ages - it really leaves your skin baby soft and does not strip any natural oils of your body - I definitely prefer this soap to supermarket brands.

    I look forward to seeing your soaps ladies - we can all go sick on this new hobby together :D

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  20. ps I found this blog by an Australian lady (whom I am following right now) and she has a great step by step instructional post with pics on how to make your own soap - enjoy!!! :D

    http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-make-cold-pressed-soap.html

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  21. Your soaps look wonderful, I like the marbling look.
    I think it was Leola from Southshore Artist blog who made soaps and actually painted on them. Not sure what she used for paint etc. but I thought that was interesting as I had never seen that done before.

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  22. Hi Maria - I have actually seen special soap paints that you use to paint on soap, wow wouldnt that be different - it may be something I might try down the line, a few owls and dragonflies on a bar of soap, very different hey...cheers buddy :)

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  23. Thanks for the link Val. Yeah I found that blog site how cool she also makes liquid soap, reckons its good for dishes and the hair! I'm excited to try and make some soap...maybe when works busy season is over!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Your soaps look simply Yummy! They have a cheese cake look to them....should match well with the lavendear scent!

    Blessings!
    Karri

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  25. Hey Jade - you are welcome buddy - make sure you post pics o your creations, would love to see them :D

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  26. Hi Karri, yes the bars look a bit like sponge cake or cheese cake :D right now, but I understand that over the curing time the colour will change so I am not sure what they will look like in 4 weeks time - the same perhaps but with the colours washed out...

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