How to make your own herbal soap without lye (sort of)


i won’t make soap because i’m afraid of the lye.  i have breathing issues and so far, no drs have ok’d it.  you may be afraid of lye because of other reasons.  at any rate, click the link for all the info.



Cleaning out the sewing room recently, I came across a good stash of homegrown calendula petals from last year that were dried and ready to go. Ah, yes, calendula soap. I had wanted to have a crack at this for quite some time and my memory had been jogged after chatting soap and calendula with a vegie groupie just last week. Calendula is well known for it’s skin soothing properties and as an added bonus, the petals actually keep their colour during the saponification process, when the lye and oils mix together to form ‘soap’. I just had to give it a go..

(**This is not a detailed tutorial for making soap. Certain safety precautions need to be observed when making soap at home which I haven’t covered here. See Rhonda’s cold pressed soap recipe if starting out with handmade soaps for the first time.**)

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also, check out the other article entitled:HOW TO MAKE COLD PRESSED SOAP




I’m sure many of you are wondering: “Why make soap when I can buy it cheaply at the supermarket?” My cold processed soap is made with vegetable oils and when it is made and cured, it contains no harsh chemicals or dyes. Often commercial soap is made with tallow (animal fat) and contains synthetic fragrance and dye and retains almost no glycerin. Glycerin is a natural emollient that helps with the lather and moisturises the skin. The makers of commercial soaps extract the glycerin and sell it as a separate product as it’s more valuable than the soap. Then they add chemicals to make the soap lather. Crazy.
Making your own soap allows you to add whatever you want to add. If you want a plain and pure soap, as I do, you can have that, or you can start with the plain soap and add colour, herbs and fragrance. The choice is yours.
I want to add a little about animal and bird fat. I know Kirsty makes her soap with duck fat and I think that’s great. I think that if you’re living true to your simple living values, and you’re a meat eater, then you should be using every part of that animal or bird. Soap making helps you to do that. So if you raise beef, pigs or ducks, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of good soap recipes for you to use your animal fats. I will, however, be concentrating my post on what I make – vegetable-based soap.
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Cold-Process All-Natural Handmade Soap









Nourishing all-natural soap makes a wonderful gift for yourself and others.  Check out these recipes for Lemongrass Ginger Coffee Kitchen Soap, Rosemary Spearmint Energizing Shower Soap, and Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap.   With natural vegetable ingredients, pure essential oils, natural colours, and herbs from the garden, you can feel good about taking care of those who use your handmade soap.