I have always had sensitive skin.
For most of my life, I have only used one type of soap. The biggest reason for the lack of variety is because I was a child and the soap I used was the soap we had. It was always the same soap. Occasionally there would be a new bar in the shower but I was usually left with itchy dry skin.
As an adult, I just went with what worked. Why rock the boat right?
Even with the soap I had so faithfully used throughout my childhood, I would still have to slather my skin with lotion a few times a day just to keep it from getting too dry.
A vicious cycle! And one that I managed to pass on to both of my boys. Aren’t I kind?!
I started to think about what was in the store bought soap I used. I thought about it, in the same way, I think about what goes into our food.
Since I take all the time I do growing, preserving and cooking our food that I figured I could take a fraction of that time and learn about what I put on my skin.
As a rule, when buying food I read the labels and if I can’t pronounce the ingredient I probably shouldn’t eat it.
Now listen, I’m not a complete purist. This girl loves herself some fuzzy peaches and sour patch kids. But all in moderation.
When I looked at the ingredients in my soap I knew that if I could cut down on rubbing certain chemicals on my body that I would be one step ahead.
Making soap isn’t as scary as it seems!
At first, I won’t lye, (see what I did there) I was nervous about making soap. The idea of using lye freaked me out.
I have dry skin, I didn’t want chemical burns!
Then the research began. I poured over soap recipes, read the instructions over and over. As I became more confident in myself and my new found knowledge I decided to take the plunge.
My soap making journey began at my kitchen sink (where it continues to this day).
Armed with my stick blender, a bowl of oils and a plastic cup filled with water and lye (shudder) I got started.
On a side note, the first time using lye was worrisome. But I used all the proper protection (apron, gloves, safety glasses) and I did this part of the process outside. With two kids and a cat at home, I wasn’t going to take any chances. The lye mixture gets hot really fast and you do not want to inhale any fumes.
Soap making is a process that needs to be respected. I will stress again, wear your safety gear!
From start to finish it only took me 45 minutes to make a beautiful 2lbs bar of lemon poppyseed soap!
There are drying times that you have to adhere to so after 24 hours of saponifying on my counter, I cut the soap and allowed it to dry for 4 oh so long weeks.
I have never waited so impatiently for a shower in my life! To say that I was excited to use my soap is an understatement.
That was an exciting shower!
The soap was bubbly and smooth on my skin with just the right amount of exfoliation thanks to the poppy seeds. It left my skin feeling moisturized and clean. Something else that surprised me was that I didn’t feel like I needed to put lotion on after my shower.
That was 6 months ago and I haven’t purchased a bar of soap since. My family is up to their ears in soap! So many different kinds too. I can’t stop myself! The kids
love it every time there is a new bar in the shower that they haven’t used before. The room I am sitting in this very moment is full of dozens of bars of delicious all
So you see, making soap wasn’t as scary as I had thought. With the right amount of care and safety gear, it’s absolutely possible.
If you’ve been fiddling around with the idea but don’t know where to start, just find yourself a simple recipe like I did and do it!! You won’t regret it!