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post #1 of 16 Old 05-17-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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making your own soap??

well my mom had a bit of experiment this weekend... she made laundry detergent!!! i was so impressed... we put it in jars and have about 60$ worth of store bought detergent sitting at home that only cost us $20 bucks... including jars and all the ingredients.

i did my first load of laundry with it..testing on towels of course and it did great and had a lovely smell to it :) have my clothes in now hopefully i get the same results..

her next experiment is making body soap and face wash.

anyone else hear make soap??
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Although it has been a while because I buy organic cleaners now, I've made household cleansers and laundry soap before.
I've also made goat milk soap and got my close friend started in it as a business. She makes and sells soap, lotion, creams, shampoo, and lip butters.

Why did I turn it over to my friend??
Because I'm too busy making goat milk fudge.
Which makes more $$$

At any rate, it is amazing what you can make at home that you would have never thought to do while standing there staring at the container/carton/jug/bar at the store.
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Yup! I made homemade soap...Not only did it smell fresh and clean but it lasted a LONG time....:)

There's a recipe out there, where you melt down previous homemade soap and add coffee (grounds?) Idon't have the recipe...I'd love to try that though...
I would choose the best smelling coffee...mmmm
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Yup! I made homemade soap...Not only did it smell fresh and clean but it lasted a LONG time....:)

There's a recipe out there, where you melt down previous homemade soap and add coffee (grounds?) Idon't have the recipe...I'd love to try that though...
I would choose the best smelling coffee...mmmm
It works very well!
You can put used coffee grounds in it and it will make a soap that not only looks and smells good, but takes funky odors off your hands.
Onions, garlic, fish, or weird barn smells like hoof odor, smegma odor, and general barn funk that you don't want people to notice when you are not in the barn.
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oh very interesting ..lockwood do you know of a site or a book that would have more receipes for this soap making fun :)
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This reminds me of a stand in the NZ mall that I tried to walk past. All organic handmade soaps.. crickey they were the craziest combos ever and they smelled dreadful.. I'm talking chocolate and lavender.. both are nice separate but combined.. YUCK!

OP I believe it's easy to make your own soaps just don't go making ones without making sure the scents blend well :P Or if you go scentless that they aren't bigger than a brick.

I used to carve soaps when I was little :) It was really fun and made my hands smell pretty. Now coffee grounds in soap? Sounds interesting..
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It works very well!
You can put used coffee grounds in it and it will make a soap that not only looks and smells good, but takes funky odors off your hands.
Onions, garlic, fish, or weird barn smells like hoof odor, smegma odor, and general barn funk that you don't want people to notice when you are not in the barn.
Can you put the coffee liquid in instead of the grounds? Don't the grounds make it gritty?

Wouldn't that smell be lovely? Specially if you got french vanilla x caramel or something...


Here's a recipe I found off the web... Where... In the world do you find coffee fragrance oil????


Here is a basic soap recipe that adds the scrubbing power and odor eliminating benefits of coffee grounds. This recipe makes 3 pounds of soap.
Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. palm oil
  • 8 oz. coconut oil
  • 8 oz. olive oil
  • 2 oz. castor oil
  • 9 oz. water or 50:50 combination of water and coffee
  • 3.7 oz. lye
  • 1.2 oz. coffee fragrance oil
  • 2 tbs. of already brewed coffee grounds
Preparation:

Mix your lye solution first and set it aside to cool. Make sure you understand how to make a lye solution with liquids other than water. Measure and heat your solid oils until completely melted. Measure and add the liquid oils to the melted solid oils. When both the lye and the oils are at about 100-120 degrees, slowly pour the lye solution into the oils. Stir with a stick blender, alternating short blasts with the blender and stirring. Mix the soap until it reaches a light trace. Add the fragrance oil and coffee grounds. Mix them into the soap thoroughly. Pour the raw soap into your mold and let it sit for 12-24 hours until it has cooled off completely and is hard enough to cut. Remove it from the mold and slice into bars. Let it cure an additional 2-4 weeks.

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This reminds me of a stand in the NZ mall that I tried to walk past. All organic handmade soaps.. crickey they were the craziest combos ever and they smelled dreadful.. I'm talking chocolate and lavender.. both are nice separate but combined.. YUCK!
EWWWW!
I'm all for interesting combos, but yeah some people go a lit-tle bit overboard.

OP I believe it's easy to make your own soaps just don't go making ones without making sure the scents blend well :P Or if you go scentless that they aren't bigger than a brick.

I used to carve soaps when I was little :) It was really fun and made my hands smell pretty. Now coffee grounds in soap? Sounds interesting..
Yep, not sure you will find a chef's kitchen without it.
It is also exfoliating which is great when you garden too.
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oh very interesting ..lockwood do you know of a site or a book that would have more receipes for this soap making fun :)
Pfftt, do I ....

Here are some books that I own that are very good and rate well on Amazon-
http://www.amazon.com/Soap-Makers-Workshop-Natural-Homemade/dp/1440207917/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337349843&sr=1-4
http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Body-Care-Recipes-Formulas/dp/1580176763/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337349886&sr=1-17
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Natural-Liquid-Soaps-Conditioning/dp/1580172431/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337349843&sr=1-9
http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Soapmaking-Book-Techniques-Creating/dp/1598692291/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337349843&sr=1-6
And here are some tutorial and supply places-

http://www.brambleberry.com/
http://teachsoap.com/
http://soapchix.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/how-to-make-cold-processed-soap-in-13-steps-a-tutorial/
http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap_supplies.htm

And, for those who don't wish to work directly with lye, but want to do more than just rebatching (melt and pour) there are saponified oils available now that take the lye step out but leave the rest for you to do.

Ok, can't get it to print right... sorry

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Here's another one that sounds better.. Then my previous posted recipe.

Anyone who just loves the scent of coffee will love this coffee soap recipe. But it's also great for cooks because the coffee absorbs odors like garlic and fish.To make this Coffee Soap recipe -
  1. Start with a Basic Soap Recipe.
  2. Substitute double strength coffee for your water in the lye-water solution. (Be sure you understand how to make a lye solution with liquids other than water.
  3. At trace, add in 1-2 tsp. of the used coffee grounds for every pound of soap in your recipe.
  4. You can add a coffee fragrance if you like, though the coffee scent will come through lightly even without it. I've also made it with a bit of peppermint essential oil as well - a lovely combination.
Enjoy!
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