Cold Process Handmade Soaps
I got interested in handmade soaps when my husband developed a skin condition that caused us to give up regular soaps. The parabens and SLES that caused a strong reaction to his skin are common chemicals in all commercial soaps. I hunted down these artists ( for lack of a better word to describe their skills) who designed and made their own preservative free soaps.
They were so much gentler on the skin, didn't foam as much because no detergent- like additives were present, and smelled so enticing. I decided I needed to learn how to make them and due to my lack of knowledge ended up in a Melt and Pour soaping class. Here the soap base is provided and all you do is melt it, pretty it up with colours, add the fragrance you want, and pour it into the shape of your choice.
Pretty, but you don't have any idea about the actual oils that made up the soap base. So I hunted down a teacher for learning Cold Process soaping. Which was a totally from scratch, soap making process. You need to calculate oil percentage, lye water required, super fat, and so much more. Plus after you make the soap you need to let it cure for 5 to 8 weeks ( depending on the weather) before it's ready to use. Then also you need to finish using the soap within the year, as there are no preservatives.
Tea Tree and Haldi
With base oils of castor, palmolein, coconut, and canola, this soap loaf has the Tea Tree essential oil and the colours of Ambe Hald and wheat germ grass powder .
With base oils of olive, palmolein, coconut, and canola, this soap loaf has the smell of Jasmine and the colours of Alkanet Bark oil dilution and Pink French clay.
These soaps were made in the past but are no longer available. I make only one soap loaf a month. This yields 10 bars. I use three of them and the remaining seven are up for grabs.
With base oils of olive, palmolein, coconut, apricot and canola, this beautiful soap load has the smell of lavender essential oil and the colours of organic indigo and ratanjot.
With Basil essential oil for fragrance, french pink clay and blue indigo powder for colour in the embeds, and a base of canola, olive, coconut and palmolein oils.
With rose and ylang-ylang essential oils for fragrance, french red clay, dried rose petal powder and spirulina for colour, and a base of canola, olive, coconut and palmolein oils.
Fragrance of Jasmine and Eucalyptus, colour from spirulina and alkanet bark, base of apricot kernel, canola, palmolein, coconut and olive oil.
This soap has indigo and alkanet bark powder for colour. Essential oils of lemongrass and yalng yalng for fragrance. And a combination of coconut, jojoba, canola, castor and palmolein oil, as a base.
This soap has activated charcoal, manjishtha, green tea and sandalwood for natural colours. Essential oils of peppermint and lavender for fragrance. And a combination of canola, olive, rice bran, coconut and palmolein oil, as a base.