Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Busy day of a soap maker right before Christmas!

 We are just days before Christmas and I make cold processed goats milk soap.  It takes 4 weeks for it to cure so this week is my last rush to get soap made before the big day.  I decided to take some pictures while I was working to give you an idea of my day.  One thing the pictures don't show are me helping the kids with their homeschooling and reading stories to them.  I was thankful for left overs so I didn't have to worry about stopping to make meals.  From start to finish this is roughly a 12 hour day.
Lye on the frozen milk
I melt all my solid oils first then I add my liquid oils.

Everything gets weighed, you don't use the measurements on the measuring cups.  So this worn out pyrex measuring cup works perfectly for this job.

Add the liquid oils after the solid oils have melted.  This also helps cool the oils down quicker.  :)  

Prepare the mold...I screwed the end on.

Then I line with cling wrap and set my plexi-glass sides in.

I didn't have someone around to take pictures of me mixing everything together but this is the soap in the mold when finished.  It gets covered with cling wrap.  

I wish this part happened every time I make soap...a friend sent this beautiful bouquet to me.  
Repeat all those soap making steps 6 times and you have my day.  


  1. Wow Marlene what an incredible woman you are I thought I was busy with two children!!!!. Hope you get all your soap ready and your blessed with lots of sales

  2. Awe thanks Lyn. Most of the kids are older and we only have 6 at home. 4 of which are 9 and they can be the handful at times.

  3. Wow, what a process. The next part would be YouTube. haha But seriously, it's great to see what the process is. I love to see the swirly soaps. And where on earth do you store those things? And how many do you have? I mean, can you make soap every day for 4 weeks till the first batch is cured then start over? Okay, you don't really have to answer ~ those are just the things I'm pondering right now and you can "show" me the process when I come visit.

    I don't know how you do it all!

  4. Right now before the holidays I have about 1500 bars of soap. :o I really should take a picture of my closet again...although it spills out into the living room...LOL I'll slow down starting next week. Early Dec. I'll get the Valentine's soaps done.