Several years ago Jack and I installed a wood burning stove to replace our old fireplace. The fireplace was O.K., but it didn’t heat very well, was in a bad location, and was extremely drafty. The wood stove, on the other hand, is efficient, is located in a good, central location in our home, and there’s no draft or smell from it. We love it!
When we got the wood stove my mom asked if we were going to start making our own soap. The reason she asked was that she thought, kind of jokingly, that we might use the ash from the stove for soap. Well, I really hadn’t thought of it too much, but it did sound like it might be good idea. Sort of. Maybe….
I’m still thinking about making soap. I’ve purchased homemade soap and I like it a lot. It’s nice to have in the bathroom and is definitly different then mass produced soap that you purchase in the grocery stores. It’s prettier and smells nicer. I really do like the idea of making it however I want, with whatever I want to add to it. I think it would be nice to be able to use it for my family as well as for gifts. It can be pretty and decorative, or very simple, so it would be nice for men and for women.
One of the main considerations I have with soap making is the cost involved versus the benefits. I haven’t fully priced purchasing the ingredients that I would need because there are so many different variations or recipes for soap. There are also endless options for molds, which can be very inexpensive (such as an old 13×9″ cake pan) or very expensive (specialty molds). I’m really leaning toward making some, but I need to spend a lot more time researching what is best for skin, etc.
What do you think? Have you made your own soaps? I’d love to hear your feelings about this and if you still continue to make your own soap.
If you’re considering making soap, the websites listed below are some that I’ve been looking at that. They contain a lot of good information and will be a good starting point for you. You can also follow my Simply Soaps board on Pinterest.