Real World Gardener How To Make Natural Soap on The Good Earth

March 12th, 2019

THE GOOD EARTH

Making Your Own Natural Soap

Soap making is an ancient art, but did you know that you can make your own soap at home? 
Soap making is an art form where the potential ingredient combinations are practically endless. 
Homemade soaps use natural skin-nourishing components such as Almond Oil, Grape-Seed Oil, Macadamia Oil or Margaret's favourite is Coconut Oil.

 These handcrafted soaps are enriched with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial oils that won’t’ dry out your skin like store-bought soaps have a tendency to do. 
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If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making soap, listen to this. 
I'm talking with Margaret Mossakowska from www.mosshouse.com.au 
There are so many dried herbs that you can use to infuse your own soap with. 
Lemon Verbena, Rosemary, Thyme are just a few that you can start with. 
Steep the herbs in your favourite oil for several weeks and then strain off.
There are a few critical steps you need to watch for such as watching the temperature of the caustic soda and only putting the soda into the oil and not the other way around. 

The recipe is important so go to Margaret’s blog to check it here:Making Natural Soap

This is an extract from Margaret's web page on making soap

Recipe ingredients for a soap made from olive oil (this is the “cold” soapmaking process):

  • 1000 grams olive oil (plain or scented with garden plants – see the link above)
  • 135 grams caustic soda crystals. If you want more moisturising soap, add 5% less
  • 380 grams water (= 38% of oil weight)

If you have any questions either for me or for Margaret, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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