Yesterday I was inspired to make a batch of Rose Petal Goat's Milk Soap. Many of you who know me, know I have been making soap now for about 18+ years. I would never use store bought soap, never!
In this picture to the left is the goats milk and lye. You have to keep the milk and lye very cold. If not it will turn orange and then it is ruined. I used snow and ice from the back porch to keep it cold!
Good time proven equipment is everything. Here is my old enamel pan that has made hundreds of batches of soap. She never fails me. When you decide to start making soap you must only use pans and equipment for just that. Many of my things are marked as you can barely see on the spoon above, it says "Soap Making Spoon" on it.
I invested in this Oster Blender some time ago. It is a key tool for making goats milk soap. It saves time and energy on stiring. When making soap you have to use either, glass, stainless steel or plasic. Never aluminum, the lye will eat right thru it.
Another fine tool I use is a coffee grinder (on the right) to grind down my herbs. It works fast and efficient and saves a lot of time. On the left is a mold I use to make soap discs, it is from the Crystal Light mixes. There is a use for just about anything!
Here is my honey bee mold. It molds the cutest little honey bee soaps. Great for guests or a little something to add to a gift basket. I love to keep them in the bathroom maybe because I love honeybees!
Another recycled idea is using disposable kitchen containers and also the small ones are Gerber Babyfood containers from the fruits I give the baby squirrels and raccoons. These work wonders and mold up a nice little soap. The bigger ones will be 3 oz bars and the smaller ones are 2 oz bars.
This is my wooden mold for those tried and true soap bars. I love this mold and it too has seen many bars of soap over the years.
The oil I used was called "Black Rose" and smells beautiful, and reminds me of my Grandmother. I went to use a pink mineral dye and grab a darker one instead, but it looks nice and I can't wait to see how it comes out once it cures. Curing time will take a couple of weeks to let it become beautiful soap!