Thursday was soap making day here at Happy Acres. We’ve got several new creations we want to try, and after a busy summer it was finally time to get down to it. And since so much time is spent on setup and cleanup, we decided to make two batches while we had everything out.
One soap I had been wanting to make was a Cocoa/Mango soap. On our January trip to Florida we stopped in Tarpon Springs and picked up several bars of goats milk soap. One of my favorites was a Mango scented bar with Cocoa butter in it. I loved the way this soap lathered up, and the mango scent reminded me of warm, tropical places – even though we about froze to death during that trip!
Our Cocoa Mango Soap creation has Cocoa Butter and Mango Butter in it, as well as Coconut, Palm, Olive and Castor oils. I am hoping this will be a nice wintertime soap, since both Cocoa and Mango Butters are noted for being good for the skin. We used a cutting tool with a serrated edge for some of the bars, and we liked the way they turned out.
Since we’re still pretty new to making soap, every batch is an experiment. My wife is the one who creates the detailed recipes, and runs them through a soap calculator to check the ingredients. She has been wanting to make a soap out of lard, so we brain-stormed and came up with Old Tyme Vanilla Soap. This one is 75% lard, and I have to admit the kitchen was really stinky while we made it!
For this one we used round and oval silicone molds. The soap is a beautiful white color, and the lard odor has dissipated. Both soaps are now curing down in the basement, and the smell down there is heavenly!
We’ve got several more soaps we want to make, including another one with a high percentage of olive oil as well as a hand soap that has some pumice in it. We also want to experiment with using botanicals, and I think a mint soap sounds interesting. Plus we want to make another chocolate soap. We haven’t bought any soap from the store for almost a year now, and at the rate we’re making homemade soap, we may never have to buy any again!