To continue in the alchemical 2019, I finally got around to trying soap making. It’s one of those things that I’ve mused on for years and years and years. I then got as far as ‘have everything in the house’ for weeks at least. Finally, a quiet afternoon over the holiday break and I dug in.
I made no attempts towards period anything on the first attempt. I hunted up a basic soap recipe on the internet that used nothing I didn’t already have in the house, and off I went. Working by weight seems normal to me, I didn’t have that mindset hurdle to overcome, I bake by weight as well. I decided on hot process, because well.. I’m impatient. Brewing already challenges my patience, two things hanging out forever to cure.. let’s just go with one thing I have to wait to try.
Non-food crockpot at the ready, and all of my fats. Basic soap.. lard, shortening, coconut oil and olive oil. Everything that lives in my house normally. No dye (other than what came off the crockpot) and no scents. I learned that lye solution will get most of the dyepot stains out of a white crockpot. I also got soap! I think I overcooked it, it got rather lumpy, and I should have been more forceful about shoving it in the snowflake molds, there’s bits that aren’t filled in. It’s not pretty, but it washes hands just /fine/. Not the gentlest soap either, but it’s also January, I’m not sure there’s any help for the dry of my hands anymore. Next up.. different combinations of fats!