Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Soap, soap and more soap. It's everywhere!

I have been a soap making maniac lately. Getting ready for this holiday market in December. I still have more this to make and so much to do.

This is a Spiced Mahogany soap I poured in big cupcake papers. It smells so good, like a man's aftershave.

I have soap drying and curing all over the house right now.  This is some Orange-Clove on the top shelf.
Then to the left is a Woodsmen's soap with cedar, lavender, citronella and something else I can't recall at the moment. But it's supposed to keep those nasty pesky bugs away while hiking or working outside.
To the right is a plain soap with cucumbers in it. I thought it might have a nice cucumbery scent but it doesn't. It's pretty though.

This is my Pumpkin Spice on both sides of the double rack. Smells like a pumpkin pie. And the ones in the middle are Clarey Sage-Rosemary and plain goat milk soaps I made using  Pringles cans.

Top soap is a Spiced Pear. Very dark soap because of the cinnamon and cloves. It does smell like a spiced pear though.
Then a Peppermint-Sage. Love that one.
And a Peppermint, lemongrass and a tea tree oil castille.

Cedar-Safron "manly" soap.
A Lavender-Orange.
And oatmeal-honey goat milk.

I made a Lavender-Lemongrass with bees wax yesterday. It's so pretty and the color of the bees wax and smells so good too. I put lavender flowers in it. I will cut it in a few minutes when I find a place to put it to cure. I'm running out of room here!

Here are the soaps I haul to market in little cute thrift store baskets. I am making more soap today. Just made a lard based soap with Patchouli-Indian Sandalwood. That smells amazing! Patchouli is my favorite scent.


Kristin said...

Oh wow! Am I ever impressed! I just made my first batch of soap on Sunday- Lavender goat milk. How much do you sell your soaps for? The materials were expensive. What are your best sellers? Any other tips for a novice soap maker?

Kris said...

Kristin, I sell mine $4 a bar or 3 $10. My best seller is peppermint. And the lard type soap. And the bees wax too.

I still have a hard time with my goat milk soap hardening up. I need to make more and keep trying. Did you post any pictures of yours yet?

Kristin said...

I posted a not-so-good picture. It seems to have set well, though it is still curing. I used olive oil, coconut oil, lard, sweet almond oil, goat milk and lavender essential oil.

I plan to try a goat milk, honey, oatmeal next. The recipe I found calls for palm oil. I've ordered some and am waiting for it to arrive.

Kristin said...

PS, I love the idea of putting them in cupcake cups.

Kris said...

Kristin, I use just about anything for molds. I have a long chicken feeder I use that I really like. It makes nice bars. I have some really small candy wrapper cups too for really small guest bath soaps. Haven't used them yet. You did good on your first soap! Now I bet you're hooked.

White Sheep Farm said...

Hi Kris,
i have to get busy making a few batches myself ... But, I just can't seem to find the time to do it all ...
I have used in the past pizza boxes, shoe boxes, and loaf pans.
Hubby built me a really nice wood mold with a top that I just love.
What else are you making for the holiday market?

Kris said...

Hi Teri. I am making vases and candle holders out of glass jas and old vases with tissue paper. I make hanging candle holders too with wire and beads. Also jars to put things in, like pens and markers, paint brushes, bathroom things. I made an Etsy site but haven't sold any there yet. It's FatGoatsRecycledJars. Also I am crocheting wash clothes and dish clothes from cotton yard. I was going to make some rag rugs, but can't seem to get into that right now. I have several sheets ripped up in the living room to get one going.

SweetLand Farm said...

Oh wow! That's a lot of soap. I love the stuff. Hope you sell a lot.