Soap Story

While up at the cottage with Terry, Katherine and Rob, I fell into another "craft/hobby": making homemade soap.

Katherine had commented that Castile Soap would have less of an environmental impact than the soap I use at the cottage. Of course, this intrigued me. I had heard of Castile soap, but did not know much about it. So I did some research.

You make Castile soap from olive oil, lye, and water. You dissolve the lye in the water, and then blend this into the olive oil until it emulsifies. After an appropriate aging, you get an alkali soap that works well and has a low environmental impact. Even a mildly capable craftsperson (like myself) can follow the simple instructions and make mounds of nice hand and laundry soap. Or even concentrated liquid soap, if you use potassium hydroxide lye instead of sodium hydroxide lye.

So, now, I've got another nice craft to play with.

And, that's my soap story.