Adventure Group was blessed with a real live demonstration on The Art of Soap Making.

Sweet Harvest Homestead Homemade Soaps!

As our host, Lindy, said, “This is not the melt and pour method.  This is the real deal.”

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

She uses a crock pot to warm the palm, coconut, and olive oils.

Next she adds the lye.  Lye can be very dangerous to work with so she uses protective glasses. Her kids even drew a poison danger warning sign so no one would get too close. ☺

Adding lye

Adding lye

Using protective goggles with lye

Pouring lye with protective goggles

Mixing lye, coconut oil and palm oil

Mixing lye, coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil

Mixing all the ingredients.

Palm oil, lye, and coconut oil

Parental Supervision Required.

soap at pudding consistencyThe state of the soap changes consistency as it cooks.  Here it is like a pudding consistency.soap at applesauce consistency

It changes to an applesauce consistency.

soap at mashed potato consistencyAnd finally, it resembles mash potatoes and begins to gel and rise.

This is when she adds emollients; shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter.

Lindy discussed synthetic versus real essential oils as she added fragrance to the soap.  Imagine Vanilla Grapefruit!

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The smells filled her kitchen and our noses.  It was heavenly!

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Lastly, cosmetic safe coloring.  Lindy adds the coloring at the end and doesn’t mix it in completely so it creates a swirling color (when the soap hardens) that is very pretty.

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Isn’t she amazing!

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Time to pour in the mold….

Lindy lines the molds with freezer paper to save time washing molds.  It also helps to quickly and easily pop the soap out of the molds when it is ready.

Soap mold

Pouring soap into mold

IMG_3828The final product.

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Smelling homemade soap!  Mmmmmmm!

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This soap is incredible.

Blue Ribbons

Lindy’s Blue Ribbons from bread, cakes, cookies, canned goods and dressmaking at a county fair. See.. she really IS amazing!

Soap Testimonials :

  • One mom’s husband has been using it and has completely cleared up his eczema.
  • Lindy’s sweet pup has the softest fur…EVER.  I, too, have a Bishon and his fur is not at all so soft.  I asked half jokingly/half seriously if she used her soap on her dog and she laughed an emphatic yes.   Looks like my Romeo will have to start a new regiment!  He will love smelling like a country gentleman!
  • I can personally attest to it making your skin soft and smelling nice.

If you would like to buy some, click here, Sweet Harvest Homestead or copy and paste http://www.sweetharvesthomestead.com/ into your browser.

Currently she has the following soaps:

  • Oatmeal
  • Milk and Honey
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eucalyptus & Spearmint
  • Ginger Lime
  • Vanilla Grapefruit
  • Country Gentleman
  • Basil

Thank you, Lindy for such an awesome adventure!  And for your sharing your homemade ‘Southern Staple of Bean Soup, Cornbread and Cookies’!!

Hearty beans and cornbread.

Hearty beans and cornbread lunch.

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