Lye Soaping

Making Homemade Luffa Soap

by Daisy Crafts

The luffa soap is done. Here’s how I did it. First, I grew some luffa gourds. And prepared them sponge-style. You can buy luffas already prepared.  I’ve never done it so I don’t have a recommended seller, but you can do an online search and comparison shop. Now for the soap part. I used this […]

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Peppermint-Rosemary Soap

by Daisy Crafts

This is the batch I made for presents this year.  It’s a little fancier than the soaps I usually do–never swirled before.  I think I like it, though. It’s peppermint-rosemary with green clay and a smidge of ground rosemary on top.  I used my standard olive, coconut, and castor oil blend for conditioning, hardness, and […]

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Neem Oil Soap

by Daisy Lye Soaping

Neem oil, if you believe all its fans are saying, will do anything and everything, and has done for millenia. For repelling insects, treating eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin, it has a league of admirers. Do a simple search and prepare to be amazed by the breadth of its curative wonders. If it does […]

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Pure Olive Oil Soap

by Daisy Crafts

I heard the stories about 100% olive oil soap, that it was so gentle and mild, yet “slippery” and “low suds.” I made up a batch and have been very pleased with it. Here’s the deal on the “low suds” issue–it’s true to some extent UNLESS you use one of those scrubby plastic bath puffs. […]

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Pergo Soap Mold

by Daisy Crafts

While looking around my shop for scrap wood to make a new soap mold I started to look at some old pieces of Pergo flooring left over from an old project. The non-porous surface seemed like it might release from the soap during unmolding better than wood so I put a mold together with the […]

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Micro-soap

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I don’t know this never occurred to me before. When I was making my latest batch of liquid soap, I just popped all the oils in the micky for a couple of minutes on 30% power and they were ready to go! Ivory the Inventress (though somebody else has totally thought of this, I’m sure.) […]

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Homemade Liquid Soap

by Daisy Crafts

**I have toyed with taking this recipe off the site.  It is problematic.  Originally, I thought I had used KOH, but I was mistaken.  Since I thought I was using KOH, I used way too much lye(3.375 oz), but the dilution process seemed to eliminate that.  I use this recipe all the time in various […]

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Gardener’s Soap

by Daisy Crafts

The theme for this month’s Giveaway is gardening. I wanted to include a homemade soap for the gardener and came up with this one. It’s handmilled from my base soap of olive, coconut and castor oils and superfatted with almond butter for a bit of extra conditioning. Oatflour for a little oomph and soothing plus […]

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Ivory’s Ivory Rebatch

by Daisy Crafts

Last week, TL acquainted you with the perils of remilling homemade soap. In that article, she mentions that ‘tallow’ soap is easier to rebatch. Well guess what’s the first ingredient in Ivory Soap? Sodium Tallowate. Which mean saponified (soapified, tee-hee) TALLOW! So, this is for all ya’ll who thought my soap wrapping post betrayed a […]

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Remilling Handmade Soap

by Daisy Lye Soaping

When I first became interested in soapmaking, I checked out several books on the subject from the library. One of them was full of recipes for handmilled soap, aka remilled soap. You chose a base recipe, made the soap, shredded it, melted it, and added fragrances and other additives such as french clay, dried herbs […]

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Soap Present-ation

by Daisy Crafts

Whether you do melt-n-pour, cold process, hot process, or hand-milled, when it comes to soap sophistication, packaging is where it’s at. What if someone just handed you three bare bars of Dove as a present? Happy Birthday! Lame. But what if they ‘hand-milled’ that same soap (read melted and reformed it) with milk and oats […]

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Lavender-Rosemary Soap

by Daisy Crafts

This was part of the Christmas gifts for some of my relatives. Lavender-Rosemary Soap. I used the All-Vegetable, No Coconut or Palm recipe on Kathy Miller’s page (scroll WAY down.) 1. Sprinkle the lye crystals into the measured amount of water for the recipe. Swirl gently. 2. Weigh out the shortening and melt it over […]

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Making Soap from Kitchen Grease

by Daisy Crafts

If you’re saying to yourself, “Ivory, I don’t wanna to BUY fat to make my soap. I have plenty of fat in my grease can!” then this is the post for you. So, how do we turn icky, blech-y, Mr. Ivory-should-be-ashamed-of-how-much-bacon-he-eats kitchen grease into glorious, bubbly, clean soap? a. Put half fat, half-ish water in […]

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Homemade Lard or Crisco Soap

by Daisy Crafts

Lard soap and Crisco soap are LOW BUBBLING soaps, which make them especially good for laundry and scrubbing yicky stuff around the house. Additionally, they are CHEAP AS ALL GET-OUT to make. They’re the only soaps I’ve found that can beat Ivory on price. 1. Melt one pound of lard or veggie shortening in a […]

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Making Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot

by Daisy Crafts

  Have you ever wanted to make your own soap? It’s a good time. I love it and make soap several times a year. The reasons I make my own soap: After I started to use homemade soap, every other soap seemed so artificially-fragranced and I came to dislike how the fake scent from the […]

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