Welcome back to Buddberry Farms! A little while back, I got the homemade soap bug. If you’ve seen all those beautiful soaps on Pinterest, then you probably know what I’m talking about. I did a little research and decided that the cold process method was for me…a little less specific, a little more forgiving. I tell you, I went a little hog wild and jumped in with abandon. I bought some high quality oils, in small quantities, including some pure unrefined Shea and cocoa butters from my local natural health market. At almost $20 per pound for cocoa butter, boy, was that an expensive batch of soap! I quickly understood why those fancy homemade soaps are so darn expensive! This was a gardening soap with coffee grounds as an exfoliant. I did two layers, with cocoa added to the bottom layer for a rich, dark brown. Now I’m planning on eventually selling some of my soaps at local farmers markets, and I’m thinking to myself, “I’m never gonna get my money back on this recipe. I’ve got $4 into each bar!” Well, I’ll tell you, I’ll take my chances, because it turned out fabulous! And the scent….omg, heavenly…earthy, vibrant and warm with tea tree oil, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and sandalwood essential oils.
I am so hooked! Since this first batch, I’ve made a Lemon-Poppy Seed soap, Magnolia & Shea Butter, a Pure Castille soap, and most recently, a Coconut-Lime soap inspired by a trip my girlfriend & I made to Key West recently. I would highly recommend you give it a shot! There are plenty of great tutorials out there. I don’t think I’m qualified yet to offer one of those, but who knows? Maybe sooner than I think I’ll be ready! I’m soaking up like a sponge, everything I can on the subject!
Another thought on the subject, I know the high quality, pure ingredients gone into them, what I’m putting on my body is as important to me as what I put into my body. Pure essential oils, high quality oils and butters, no cheap palm oil here! I hope I’ve inspired some of you to try your hand at soap-making. Until we meet again…