Dave and I hosted a soap making demo at our home a couple of weeks ago for the Evansville Homesteading Co-Op. Lisa Garrett, the “Party Crasher” with the Warrick Section of the Evansville Courier & Press joined us covering our fun time. Her article and pictures were in the paper Friday. Unfortunately, there is no online article.
It was fun evening showing everyone how we make soap. Due to our small kitchen, we limited the number of attendees to 10. On that evening we made our Lavender Basic Bar, a good starter bar for soaping newbees. See recipe at the end of the post.
I started the evening talking about how we we became interested in soapmaking and then Dave talked a bit about the cold process before we moved to the kitchen.
We continued to talk until we got to mixing the lye with the oils. Once we got to trace, we made sure everyone could see what trace was and then added the Castor oil, essential oils and lavender buds which we had combined earlier.
Once they were incorporated into the mixture, Dave poured it into the mold and then I added Lavender buds to the top of the bar. I really like how the bars look with the lavender on top.
Then we wanted to show them what soap looked like when it was ready to cut. Dave retrieved the soap we had made three days earlier so we could unmold and cut it in front of them.
It was then time to clean up, so while I was doing that, Dave talked a little more. Here he is showing them the formula sheet for the soap we made that night.
Everyone got to take home a bar of the Lavender Basic Bar that we had made a month earlier.
After the demo we came back into the living room and answered questions and passed around that plate of some of the different soaps we’ve made. It was a fun evening and hopefully we inspired a few of our guests to make their own soap. Thank you goes out to Lisa for her photos and for sharing with her readers this fun event. She has many more photos in her article.
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Please refer to the cold process instructions here. These are those bars we made that night.
If you have never made soap, this is a great bar to begin your soaping adventure. The three base oils are available locally or you can order them online. And you don’t have to use lavender.
Our first bar was just the three base oils – no essential oils or botanicals. Or if you like another essential oil, add it at trace. Easy and so good for your skin.