For years, I made our own glycerin or olive oil soaps. Our family tends to be on the oily side, so glycerin can help with that.
Well, it has been quite a while since I've made soap because I had to go back to work outside the home back in 2010 . . . so, today, with the help of my dear friends Balinda & Sherry, we decided to try something different and we made soaps with shea butter. It is a process that is very much like making glycerin soaps. SO VERY EASY and no lye to mess with.
You will need:
~shea butter soap block
~various essential oils (today we made rosemary & peppermint, cinnamon and real vanilla extract)
~various herbs and spices (today we used chamomile, dried rosemary and crunched cinnamon sticks)
**you will want to have these already crunched-up BEFORE you are ready to add them to the melted soap because the soap will start cooling immediately**
~mortar and pestle
~glass/pyrex measuring cup
~small whisk or spatula
1) cut shea butter block into small chunks
2) put chunks into the measuring cup
3) heat in a microwave beginning with 40 second intervals and then down to 10 seconds until chunks are completely melted
4) while soap is melting, crunch-up any herbs/spices you wish to add with your mortar and pestle
6) with your spatula or whisk, quickly and thoroughly blend all ingredients
7) pour into molds
8) let sit, IN THE MOLDS, for an hour
9) after an hour, pop soap out of molds and onto a cooling rack
10) let soaps cure on the rack to 2 weeks
11) after 2 weeks, carefully trim the "uglies" off of the edges of your soaps and use, wrap or store as your wish.
**NOTE** We ran out of molds for the amount of soap we made so we tried something I'd never done before ~ we put cupcake wrappers in a muffin pan (since you can't push the soap out from the bottom of a muffin pan), that way we could simply lift the soaps out once they had sat for the 1st hour, and it turned out amazingly well. Paper peeled off nicely and the soaps will have those nice ripples from the papers. Sorry I didn't get photos of those.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><