Monday, August 19, 2013

A Half Homemade Soap and a Baggie

What do you do when you want to make homemade soap but don't have the time to invest in 'methods' and lye? You go the half homemade route! That's right. Half homemade. I did this when an over~abundance of dried calendula had me thinking, "a soap of this sort would be great for the skin." But, I didn't have all the tools down and the methods are still being studied. So until I could do things the right way, I found my fix with these items: coconut oil, raw honey, calendula petals, and ivory soap. (I chose ivory for the lack of perfumes and dyes, and I like that it is air whipped, but any soap will do.) All I did was shave my soap bars using a grater. I added two heaping Tablespoons of coconut oil and honey. I nuked it for 20 seconds, mixed and added my calendula petals to pull out the extra fluid. You might end up microwaving for an extra set of seconds, but do not exceed 20 seconds at a time. Timing really depends on the strength of your microwave and what soap your using. So stay close by. After my batch was all combined and super clumpy. I lined a square ramekin with wax paper and pressed my soap inside. Pop it in the fridge for a couple hours to harden thoroughly.

That's it~! 

My little soap storage bag was made with knit pants I'm no longer wearing. You can use an old knit sweater or t-shirts. I used the leg portions to make small squares and added ribbon so that it can hang in the shower and dry. If you want extra lather, use two layers of fabric or sweater scraps. The double layer of knit fabric creates some more suds. This is a fun quick project for those wanting to experiment with herbs, flowers, and soaps.

To adding a little bit of home to everyday items!

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