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Hopin’ for a Soapin’

After suffering death-by-internet-provider this weekend, I began making soap (and not the soap in the ad above but if any of you have the recipe, for goodness sake: send it my way). I must tell you that soap making is one of the most relaxing activities one can tackle. We make cold-process soap around here except when I have an order from someone who needs it right away. Good old fashioned lye soap is terrific for scrubbing dishes and can be poured into luffas (like my aunt has done for years):

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Somewhere along the line, lye soap got a reputation for being harsh but this has never been my experience. Washing dishes in homemade soap leaves hands baby-soft and is very gentle on the bank account (always a plus). And it gets you so clean that your mother won’t know you (I couldn’t resist):

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My friend, Amanda, came over last evening for some time away from the kids and helped me make a lovely batch of oatmeal & honey soap with a mixture of fats (beef tallow, olive oil, & cocoa butter) for the base. (Finally, a good use for fat, eh?) I use silicone baking and cupcake pans as soap moulds because they are flexible and nonstick. Aren’t the little soap muffins cute? Confession: I can’t look at them very long because they make my tumbly rumbly. Want to learn how to make your own soap? Click here.

Just on a side note: have you ever noticed that in every gangster movie someone gets whacked in a bubble bath? Very clean fellows, gangsters. I guess even gangsters know the value of a good hardy soap and a warm bath.

  • YDavis - Lacy,

    Those oatmeal & honey muffins look delicious! Oh wait, they are soap!!! You are right, can’t look at them very long. They do look so yummy and edible and I bet they smell really really good.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Ohhh, I’ve been wanting to learn how to make soap but just never got around to it! I even checked out a book from the library. Right now, I just buy other people’s soap creations! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - LOL Lacy – glad you enjoyed today’s stuff. πŸ˜€ I about peed my pants when I got that fart joke in my email; it was all I could do to make myself wait until today to post it! ROFLMAO! πŸ˜€

    I’m definitely going to read that article about how to make my own soap. Hubby and I have been trying really hard to get away from commercially-produced stuff as much as we can, and making our own soap would be a great thing for us to add to our efforts. *thumbsup*ReplyCancel

  • Shari - I love the posting Lacy. Who knows, maybe I’ll even try to make my own soap.ReplyCancel

  • Applie - I have never made soap. I don’ t think I ever want to. LOL My grandmother use to bathe me in Mr. Bubbles. πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Yuuuuum soap! πŸ™‚ I love soap making. I used to have a soap tutorial on my blog and welll, er, um, you know, deleted it. But! Thankfully I still have all of the photos and am going to reblog it likely within a months time. Your soap does look yummy! Awesome! πŸ˜€

    Sorry about your weekend internet frustrations – no fun!

    We are off to make the Hot Chicken & Bacon Salad right now! I’m going to take pictures and blog it.

    Somehow I managed to come out of Stuffmart alive. πŸ˜†

    Have a *great* evening! :mrgreen: Hugs, RobinReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - I just read your comment on my Personal-ity post, Lacy. Thankyou so much for your kind words, your understanding, and your encouragement.

    I think I probably will do something about it – it’s something I know about (all the best writers say, “Write what you know.”) – but I think I’ll do it as a journal rather than as a book. Doing it as a journal would help maintain the premise that the process is ongoing – which it is, if you think about it. Does that make sense?

    I appreciate your title suggestion; it gives me something I can work with; helps get the ol’ noggin working. I hope I can come up with something that will catch people’s interest, and keep them coming back…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Loved the cartoon. Reminded me of my childhood! I have yet to make soap but I plan to next year after we start milking Annabelle (one of our goats).ReplyCancel

  • Ann - I’ve never made my own soap, but darn it, I should try! Regarding movies and bathrooms – how about the movie “Psycho” and the shower scene – holy cow was that SCARY. I didn’t want to shower for TEN YEARS. (I mean, I did though…just to clarify…) πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Leah - A soap that’ll make you lose weight eh? Seems I remember hearing something about that a few years ago as if it were some new thing, and clearly it wasn’t. And obviously anything that says you can lose weight without even exercising can’t possibly work – not long term and safely at least. Oh but wouldn’t it be grand if it really were as simple as using a special soap! *sigh*

    My mother has a soap/lotion business. I must say she’s darned good at it too. I never tried making cold process soaps (which is what my mother makes) but I did mess around with melt and pour soaps once. It was kind of fun but not something I could really get into.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - What a wonderful tutorial. I have thought of making soap and even have a book or two and some essential oils from making glycerine soap. I just have so many projects going on right now. It might be a good thing to make outside on a coleman stove. Less worry about fumes. I have no stove fan, so that would be my best option. I love the ad and cartoon ad. Such fun on your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Dirkey - ohhh. I wanna try!
    Got to work up my nerve and get some kitchen stuff I wouldn’t mind not using for baking.
    Yard sales here I come! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • jayedee - great minds think alike! i just made luffa soap too! but i shoved a whole luffa down into a pillar candle mold and poured glycerine and honey soap down and around it. i just unmolded it and it looks GORGEOUS! gonna slice it into rounds and viola! exfoliating bars!ReplyCancel

  • jayedee - i’m old! i’m old! i remember that commercial! i even remembered the part when he said “madam……how do you dooooo?”
    *sighs*
    i don’t feel old…….as long as i avoid mirrors, i’m generally ok. until i see something like this, that is!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - I love that commercial, too! -LReplyCancel

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