I know. It has been a number of years and I often think that I must make a batch of soap. My DH put in a small kitchenette in my basement so that I do not have to worry about splashing on the floor. I still have not made another batch. I guess it is time and I know that I will. Use it or loose it. It is more fun than genetics of chickens or plants to me. Boring stuff to others. But others sure enjoy receiving the gift of the product.
Oh Ivie: I should have recognized a fellow soap maker right away! Your own Kitchenette?!!!!! You lucky girl. That's fantastic.
Huh? I don't get it. I have friends that are older than me.....
Me too! i bought the lye, some tallow (what kind of fat do you all use?) I got a couple of soap making books and have started watching the you tube videos. tired of paying 4-5 bucks a bar. But it is soooo nice! want to try and make it. Just need to pick up a mold and a couple of other things. soon!
Looks like it is going to warm up nicely next week. Can't wait for that!
Cluckies. You have a handy DH. Have him put some plywood together for you to make a mold. You might be able to find dimensions on descriptions of molds. There are some nice ones with ends that remove by twisting off a wing nut and such to release the soap. And Most soapers just line the molds with Freezer Paper. (You tube video on how to fold the paper in the mold) To be honest I have not tried animal fats. Just Plant based oils and butters. here are the ones I've tried: Palm, Coconut, Olive, Sunflower, Grapeseed (this one takes a while to get into trace), castor, shea butter, Mango butter, coco butter and I just got some Avocado butter in the last order--excited to try that. Are you going to render down the tallow? That's cool. Let me know how it goes!
It's a fun process, and you'll learn what scents you like and which ones you don't.
Here are some photos from the soap I made yesterday. I cut bars this morning. Smells Amazing. DD has laid claim to these. LOL