Necessity is the Mother of Invention (or Experimentation)

It is incredibly hot here . . . we don’t normally get a lot of days over 100 and have already had more in June than we usually have all summer. So because I had an extra day this weekend, and really wanted to make soap, I used a method I had not tried before. Previously I have only made soap using the Cold Process method but turning the stove on to heat and melt oils had no appeal. All of my soaps use Coconut Oil and most also use Shea Butter, both of which are solids under most circumstances. The Coconut Oil I use is solid up to 76 degrees and since room temperature in my house has been running in the high 80s the Coconut Oil is currently a liquid, but the Shea Butter while softened, was still a solid. As with most things, there is a learning curve with the Room Temperature method of making soap so the first batch – a shampoo bar using beer – didn’t turn out as well as it could have.

Shampoo Bar with beer and spearmint/eucalyptus essential oils

Shampoo Bar with beer and spearmint/eucalyptus essential oils

The second batch of soap – lavender and oatmeal using goat milk turned out much better.

Lavender and oatmeal goat milk soap

Lavender and oatmeal goat milk soap

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