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Monday, February 1, 2010

Snowballs

Didn't feel like getting out because of snow , so I stayed in and decided to make soap.   I would like to try to make soap from scratch using lye and whatever else the recipe calls for, but I am not that comfortable in using Lye right now,  maybe if I watch someone do it.   
 I tried  the easy way.   I had a few bars of Ivory in my cabinet so I grated 3 bars. I saw this somewhere in a book, can't remember but it works well and smells great.
I use a hand held grater, much easier to clean after grating soap.
I add some water to soften it to make it more pliable to mound along with a scent of your choice,  I used Lavender oil, Rose smells good too.
The 3 bars made 4 large balls of soap.  I didn't color it, but ya can if you want. I think they look like snowballs, perfect for this time of year.


I let them dry for one day before I use them.


My sister Donna, who just started a blog at
  makes scented Rose petal soap, smell soooo nice and looks pretty on my counter.  Here are the pics of some she gave me.




3 comments:

  1. Whoa, you made my soap look really pretty. I loved the potatoes you made..they looked really yummy. Also, I just didn't realize you were married in Feb. I was thinking August..I just didn't remember it being really cold. The cookies looked great. Wish I had one.

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  2. In reply to Donna,- It hasn't been this snowy or cold in many moons.
    I love the rose petal soap and hope that you will make some extra to have on hand, because like I told you before, I would love to buy and give as gifts.
    Betsy

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  3. I have made soap many years ago.... I’d save all the left over pieces that had gotten too small to handle properly.... I’m just trying to remember how I did it..... I know I grated them and added water maybe, then over a low heat combined the mixture.... putting it into a tray to set, then cut it up into squares.... the children always complained about it and I have to admit it looked a dreadful colour, so I soon gave up. Nothing so delicate and elegant as yours. Marion

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