Soap from scratch
I started to make lye soap in the 1970's and enjoyed it so much I started a small business, selling it around our province (Saskatchewan, Canada). My soaps were really popular and stood out from others because I didn't use scent. I don't know about you folks, but there are so many scents in so many products that it makes my head spin and actually, makes my sick - literally. I found, even then, that I was not alone in this and people lined up to buy my soap because it was the only type they could find that didn't irritate their skin and give them reactions from scents.
I found a neat couple of ways to decorate them - one being carving each one with a lino tool with numerous designs. Most of the designs originated in long ago cultures and were very simple renditions - with the exception of the bee goddess, which is a little more complex than the others.
The soap is made of lye, water, olive oil, coconut oil and tallow.
Now, years later, after a hiatus of other creative endeavours, I have returned to making soap. I am able to get free fat from a variety of different animals as we now live in an agricultural/hunting area and people usually toss the fat from their harvested animals. I just don't know how to waste anything, so I ask for their fat. Rendered, it is fantastic for soap - deer, pig, cow, goat, sheep. Whether or not I will make the sales I did earlier, will be a story for later. But, I always enjoyed making soap and today I made the third of 5-6 batches that I plan for this winter.
Anyone else out there making soaps?