Alice: I actually just started looking online one day for the best bits of info on Cold Process Soap I found a lot here and there but love the calender and some of the starter recipes from Cranberry Lane .. They have a lye calculator that has been a gem. http://www.cranberrylane.com/calculator.htm .. I grew up the daughter of hippies and have a vast knowledge of herbs and uses for most anything that comes from the earth. I've always made all sorts of infused oils, bath soaks and such for myself and my kids. My Grandmother had her own beauty shop and she taught me to experiment my Great Grandmother lived right around the corner and was an inventive homemaker. I love the spring after KS's cold winters and go a little crazy gardening and dry and save all sorts of bits. I have done some reading online about different herbs, spices and foods that you can add to your soaps to get different properties. And I'm going to experiment this week with using my own natural ingredients ground into powder as dyes. I've been having so much fun doing it all. I have several other bars curing can't wait to get pics of them posted. I'm gonna have a lot of fun giving these out for Christmas. I made a Cinnamon Roll Bar tonight. It smells wonderful I colored it with Coco and Cinnamon I worry I used a tad too much Cinnamon and it may be a little abrasive ... guess it will be extra exfoliating. I made some unscented bars with some Soapwort that are great for hand washing delicates I opted for a Soy Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil and Lard yep lard ... I like that it makes a super hard bar. Do you use lard? I've often wondered how many people use Lard anymore. My Great Grandmother was a firm Lard believer. I still like my 'vegan' soaps.
Ok now that I've rambled on I had another pic to post
Pumpkin Facial Soap Nuts
These were bits that formed on the inside of the PVC as it trickled down but didn't fill all the way up so they settled like this and are awesome in the shower. I've since been considering ways to make nice bits like this in big batches
My very first PVC Pipe as a mold soap. The three types of mint I threw in there at trace kind of settled oddly and I ended up with light and dark variation but they all smell fantastic. I have Pumpkin Facial these size too and I LOVE the pumpkin in the soap it's been working miracles for my skin.
Triple Mint PVC
I'll post some nicer pics down the road. These were pre clean up on the edging and such.