If you are looking for new skills to learn that can help your family shift to natural homemade soap using quality natural ingredients that you know, instead of using harmful chemicals & synthetic fragrances that are just adding to indoor air pollution, I can highly recommend learning how to make soap from So True Naturals.
I can’t believe I made this soap from start to finish, during the So True Naturals Zoom Workshop. It took us about 4 hours to complete including the Q&A portion!
So after about 4 days inside it’s plastic container, I was supposed to put it int the freezer, but before I did I realized that not all the lavender buds had stuck to the soap so I removed them so I can use them on other soaps.
I closed the container and placed it inside the freezer so the soap would contract and be easier to remove or un-mould.
After almost 24hours in the freezer, I used a steel spatula to pry the sides of off, but no matter how much I whacked it and slammed it on the counter it would not come off.
At some point I also used a plastic spatula to whack the bottom, but that was not a good idea because it caused cracks on the plastic’s bottom.
My classmate Didi told me to put it back int he freezer and try again the next day. Indeed the soap was smaller and already had space on the sides. What really worked to pop it out was pressing very firmly on the bottom until the soap popped out! Damn it was hard but finally!
We have freed it from the plastic by pushing very hard on the bottom! So push instead of whack is the key. Unfortunately nalagas lahat ng lavender from all this effort! (The lavender buds all fell off from all the whacking) This is what’s left.
After a around 3 days out of the container, I cut them using a super sharp Zwilling butcher’s knife. I also had a tissue to wipe off the soap from the knife each time I cut it so it wouldn’t leave residue on the soap surface.
I had to wipe off whatever got on the soaps. You can see very little remnants on the edges. I definitely need practice butting because the widths were not even. Any tips for me?
I’m really quite pleased with my first attempt at making soap bars. The peppermint Essential Oil smells so heavenly and I love seeing the oatmeal with the activated charcoal to “help draw microparticles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier.” Source
Don’t they look like mini mountains? We are supposed to let cure for 4-6 weeks before using, so the moisture evaporates and the soap will be firmer and last longer in the bath. I read that it should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated space or else it might develop some orange spots. Source
I’m just so relieved that my silicone moulds arrived from Islas Aromatics yesterday so I wont be struggling with a plastic container anymore. I feel guilty about how the plastic really gets beat up.
And once plastic is beat up, scratched, discolored etc it can leach toxic stuff into whatever you put in it. Though soap supposedly doesn’t react with plastic. I prefer to be safe than sorry. Soaps will be much easier to push or pop out of the silicone molds.
Can’t wait for my near expiry olive oil that’s arriving today! I want to make pure olive oil soap for my face and maybe my son!
I’m also attending So True Naturals Liquid Castile Soap Making Workshop on 27 June. I’m super stoked about that too!
If you want to read about how the Bar Soap Making workshop was, you can read about it here: