A Little Bit of Soap

Today was an exciting day here at Happy Acres. We got to try out our first batch of soap! It had cured for 4 weeks, and was a basic, unscented soap recipe. We both tried it out in the shower and were very pleased with the way it cleaned and sudsed up.

our first soap

This recipe formed the base of our next experiments in soapmaking. For our second batch two weeks ago we added a few more ingredients, like shea butter, oatmeal and peppermint essential oil. It should be cured in another two weeks. Of course we are anxious to try it too.

But we’re not done experimenting yet – not by a long shot! Today we made our third batch of soap. This one will be strictly a hand soap. We’re calling it Happy Acres Citrus Coffee Hand Soap. We added some of our own recycled coffee grounds for scrubbing, some lanolin for an emollient, brewed coffee for color, and citrus essential oils for scent. I’m sure Lynda will be blogging about it over on Bloom, Bake & Create soon. She’s done an amazing job of researching for all things soap-related here.

getting ready to make soap

It takes a little over two hours from start to finish for one batch of soap, including prep time and cleanup. And we have found it to be a fun thing to do – so much fun in fact, we are already planning for our fourth batch of soap. I am thinking it will involve lavender, but I don’t know for sure.

So stay tuned for more adventures in soap-making!

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5 Responses to A Little Bit of Soap

  1. You’re going to be the cleanest family in town! Maybe the cleanest in Indiana 😉

  2. How wonderful…you have suds! I’m really so impressed. If we didn’t have so much to do outside this spring, I’d love to try making some soap of our own. Maybe a winter project after the harvest. Your coffee citrus soap sounds wonderful. Wouldn’t have thought to use coffee grounds as an exfoliant, and I love soaps and candles that are citrus scented. The possibilities though are endless! How fun!

  3. Meredith says:

    That is so cool. I love the use of coffee grounds as an exfoliating texture within the bars. Brilliant. 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    I’m a soap maker as well, and one of my first soaps was a tangerine fragrance with bits of coffee. It was my solution to hands that smelled of onion and garlic after handling them. A quick tip to speed up your process of soap making – give your soap a lick after a few days to 1 week. If it makes your tongue tingle, it needs to keep maturing and know that the saponification process is incomplete. If you don’t get a tongue zap, you can start using it. I start using most of my cold process soap (superfat = 7%) within a week with no ill effects.

    • Villager says:

      We were definitely thinking of a soap to clean gritty and sometimes smelly hands when we came up with the last one. I’ve heard about the lick-test for soap. I’ll see if my wife wants to give it a try! 😉

      For anyone interested in making their own lye, Lynn over at Wood Ridge has a great tutorial on making your own lye:
      http://woodridge.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/making-lye/

      Thanks for stopping by!

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