This is great soap and easy to make. You can make it for pennies on the dollar if you order supplies in quantity. It makes great gifts too!
Please note; this will leave more soap scum in your bath and shower if you have hard water.
I get my melt and pour from http://www.peakcandles.com they dont have SLS. You can find it local in your craft stores but you will pay less per lb and be able to get the list of ingredients if you order online. There are several places, Brambleberry.com is another good site. Fragrances? almost anything you can think of check this site out http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-suppli... Just remember there is a difference between Fragrance oils and Essential oils. Essential oils come from nature but are very limited in scents. Not everything in nature can produce an essential oil, for example Strawberries do not produce an essential oil. Fragrance oils are created scents and you can get just about any scent you can think of, I have even seen one called dirt lol
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Dirt? I already have that scent, seems to be all over me this time of year. What was SLS? Thanks for the links, is there anything around the house or yard that you can use or am I confused. You hear stuff about rose petals and such, oh how about gardenia or honey scented. Are you saying you have to use Fragrance Oils? Are they expensive, I mean prices seem good but how many soaps can you actually make with one ounce?
I really enjoyed your article, love the husband and Harley. My husband just got rid of a Harley, he thought he wanted a Goldwing, Like his friends, he did buy a beautiful burgundy one and it was actually too big for him (he is a small man) He had an accident and I had to take off work for five weeks. FMLA. He is just now getting back to normal and this happened February 2. The bike is in the shop because it was just too messed up to sell and so he filled a claim and wants to get it all perfect. I met him when I was 18 and when I finished school I moved in with him and just never left! Its been almost 34 years, oh we did get married when I was 19.
Before yesterday you were just a name on Ella's Garden but thanks for introducing yourself through your article, I will join the cubit and check in from time to time.
lol right! ok first SLS sodium lauryl sulphate: a caustic detergent useful for removing grease. Some think it is safe and others are convinced it causes cancer and skin probems. I am not convinced on either side but if I can get something without it I will. Better safe than sorry. I do know my husband cant use it in shampoos, it causes itchy bumps on his scalp. I think some people are more sensitive to it than others.
This article here has a list of cleansers and their harshness http://thedomesticbabe.com/blog/2012/04/12/silky-shiny-hair/
Essential oils are limited and can get VERY spendy. I prefer the less expensive Fragrance oils myself. They vary in price but you can usually find them in quantity (I always ordered 16 oz at a time) for about $1.00 an ounce. I used a half ounce Fragrance oil per pound of soap. You have to decide what size bars you want. The general size molds are 3 to 4 ounces so you will get 4 or 5 bars out of 1 lb of soap and a half ounce of fragrance. Not bad huh?
You can add herbs and other things like salt and coffee grounds as exfoliants but they tend to sink so you have to let the soap cool a little to suspend it, unless you want it to fall to the bottom which would actually be the top in most cases. That is a nice look too, then they have an exfolient side and a wash side. You do need to make sure what ever you add will not scratch or hurt the person using it.
I will be doing some other recipes on my site soon. As well as other how too's including making your own cleaning supplies.
Amazing! Im so glad you both found each other! Im glad he is ok now. Hubby never takes the bike out without me, 2 pair of eyes are better than 1. I pray we never have an accident on it. 34 years?! congrats! impressive!
I am so glad to have you here. I look forward to sharing and learning with you.
I have not, but for each 4 oz of soap you can add 1/4 tsp of a tea/infusion made from the herb. You can also make a Calamine soap.
12 oz melt and pour soap
2 TBSP Calamine Lotion
Fragrance and color as desired-be aware these could further irritate skin with rashes etc...In this instance Essential oils or no scent at all may be best.