For the novice, a homemade soap recipe made successfully would be the main motivation for more projects in the future. It has to be easy to do, and simple.
When I started out, I took into consideration some matters first – like if it’s simple to make, I or other family members are not allergic to it, and if it fits my “hobby” budget. I tried to search for the easiest soap making instructions. I wanted to see if I could do it without botching up the mix. I also had my private little space, so as my children (especially my 2 year old toddler) will not be able to accidentally ingest anything toxic.
I also asked around. I had several mom-friends who, like me, wanted to try soap making purely as a hobby – like a de-stressing activity while the kids are at school, husband is at work, and the beef set out for lunch is slowly stewing.
One such friend was Amy, who gave me this simple soap recipe. This was her first soap, and she claims that she got encouraged after her first try. Now, family and friends eagerly await her Christmas gifts, knowing that they would get homemade soaps from her.
So here is the simple peaches and cream soap that got to experiment more on her recent soap making activities:
¼ cup distilled water
¼ cup powdered milk
Unscented Ivory Soap (or Castile soap, whatever fits your fancy)
1/8 teaspoon peach fragrance oil
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
1 drop of orange food coloring (optional, for color)
– Shred the Ivory.
– Heat the water (do not boil!) over low heat.
– Stir in shredded Ivory until it forms a sticky mass or very thick paste.
– Remove pan from heat.
– Add the remaining ingredients (powdered milk, sweet almond oil, peach fragrance oil and food coloring).
– Stir until well blended.
– Spoon the soap into a mold and let it set for 4 hours or until it hardens. (But not too hard, so that you can still easily remove the soap from the mold, letting it retain its shape.)
I tried it, and my kids loved it. Try it and see for yourself – go and try to experiment with different molds, and you’ll soon find yourself itching to try other soap recipes. True enough, you may end up just like me and my clique of friends – as soap-making and soap-giving addicts, willingly stuck to the craft that makes the world a cleaner, fresher place to live in.
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