But of course super simple begs to be made better, and with soap that means the addition of luscious stuff like essential oils, fragrance oils, colors, exfoliants, salts, and any other beautiful things you can think of.
I'm still trying to pour the perfect bar of soap. Not there yet but so far, my favorite is the salt bar. Surprisingly, adding a whole bunch of sea salt soap to your soap makes it feel really soft on your skin. And by all accounts, it's good for your complexion too. Add a beautiful fragrance like Rain, and wow, you really have a luxurious bar of soap. Another of my favorites is to add honey and oats to the basic goat milk bar, no fragrance thanks. That's like health food for your skin. It's good to take care of yourself!
How to do it - instructions and videos:
Remember, making soap is like doing a science project in your kitchen; everything has to be measured out precisely, and order and timing matter. So, what do you think happens when we change up or add to our ingredients? Certain trouble lies ahead if we don't do it properly, and it could be really confusing and hard without great resources. I want to share some helpful links with you now, so you can be creative with your soap and it will turn out perfectly every time. Almost every time. I think one of the best sources of general information, instructions and tutorials is a soap making supplies shop, Bramble Berry, and their blog, Soap Queen. Find Bramble Berry here: http://www.brambleberry.com/
And a good forum is always helpful when you have questions or problems: http://www.talksoapforum.com/
The absolutely most important tool:
The most important tool for changing or creating your soap recipes is a lye calculator. The lye calculator allows you to enter the oils you want to use in the proportions you want to use them and it calculates how much of each and how much lye and water to weigh out. Go here for Soapcalc's lye calculator: http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp
As you can see when you follow the link to Soapcalc they also provide instructions, ideas and videos; a great resource. Take a look also at the different properties different oils bring to your soap. Hmmmm, interesting isn't it. There are calculators on many soapy sites, so look around, you might find one that works better for you.
Where to get soap supplies and other stuff:
You might have a craft store or a homesteading supply store in your town, fun! My town isn't really big enough for a specialty store so I have to shop online. As you know, Amazon is always a good starting place; everything is there, molds, stamps, ingredients of all kinds. I can pass on a couple of suppliers I've had great luck with too. Bramble Berry is a really good source and an easy to use website. The link is just above this. I love Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils and organic flowers and herbs. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
I've had good service for basic supplies like oils and lye from Essential Depot: http://www.essentialdepot.com/ There are so many good resources, look around and find some for yourself. Saponifier Magazine: http://saponifier.com/ is a super place to find ideas and suppliers. And a good forum is always helpful when you have questions or problems: http://www.talksoapforum.com/
There you have it! You know everything I know about making soap at home, I hope you have a lot of fun and make something beautiful. Let me know how it goes.