Making Soap with Cow’s Milk Butter

I am always one for a soap making adventure!

I recently got to read through The Natural Soapmaking Handbook and the companion recipe book, “The Natural Soapmaking Cookbook.” One of the oils that they mention and feature in several recipes is butterfat from cow’s milk. Yep…the stuff you have in your refrigerator. I had always heard that butter in soap smelled really bad – like bad parmesan cheese or vomit. (It’s due to the butyric acid in them.) But I decided to try it anyway! The jury is still out on the smell – it may just be my imagination – or it may really have a slight icky smell. I’ll report back after it’s had some more time to cure.

Making soap with cow’s milk butterfat…

Making Soap with Cow’s Milk Butter originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at 21:55:56.

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Recycling Candle Containers and Jars

Dirty Container Candle JarsMy friend Peggy and her husband Gene are very frugal folks. They work hard, but live simply and happily, with great respect for the earth and green-living. Peggy called me the other day to say that a friend of theirs had asked them if they knew anyone who would be interested in a couple dozen used candle containers. Their friend had been buying and using some great high-end (Voluspa mostly) candles – and not throwing the used containers away. She’d amassed about 2 dozen of them and wanted to pass them on. “Sure!” I said, and I soon had two boxes full of great glass and ceramic candle containers of all sizes and shapes. Not only am I going to be able to try out some new container candle sizes, but in recycling these containers, I feel like I’m doing my part to help lessen our impact on the earth. Plus, I’m going to get to give both Peggy and Gene, and their friend, some of my handmade candles, and prove to them that handmade/homemade candles can be every bit as good as those posh high-end types!

Recycling Candle Containers and Jars originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 21:00:26.

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Butterfat Soap & Lavender Gin

Amethyst Lavender GinSo today, inspired to try something new by Patrizia Garzena and Marina Tadiello’s The Natural Soapmaking Handbook, I made some soap using butterfat – rendered butter from cow’s milk butter. After I poured the soap, I took a soap making diversion and had some gin – a gin I’m sure that soap makers will love – a new gin called Amethyst Lavender Gin. I’ve always been a big fan of lavender – from using lavender in soap to making lavender lemonade. Now I’ve got a new way to love lavender! Now…I do not recommend having lavender gin before you make soap – you need a clear head to make soap safely – but afterwards, enjoy!

Butterfat Soap & Lavender Gin originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at 19:30:50.

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Mailbag Monday – Substituting Oils in Soap Recipes

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Paula from Dallas writes: “I would like to try your lavender dream soap recipe, but I have some beef tallow that I got from the grocery store that I want to substitute. The butcher was going to throw it away, so I asked him if I could have it for soap! I’ve always used palm oil as my “hard stable oil” but I’d like to try tallow in soap. How do I adjust my recipe? And how hard is rendering tallow?”

Rendering your own tallow is not difficult at all – and not even as stinky as it’s gotten a reputation for being. The key to substituting the tallow for the palm oils is in creating your own custom soap recipe. It really is one of the most rewarding aspects of soap making, and you should try it…tallow makes really wonderful soap. BUT – do not just substitute the same amount of tallow for another oil…and use the rest of the recipe as is! Be sure to run the revised recipe through a lye calculator if you change the recipe! Each oil you use in your soap recipe not only has its own unique qualities…but also its own unique lye amount.

On a related note…you could add the “lavender dream” essential oil blend to ANY soap recipe…not just this one…this just happened to be the recipe I used when I first designed and marketed that soap.

For more information about Mailbag Monday – or to send me a question – visit All About Mailbag Monday. You can also check out previous questions I’ve answered in the Mailbag Monday Archive.

Mailbag Monday – Substituting Oils in Soap Recipes originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 20:00:33.

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Floating Candles – Any Time of Year

floating candlesI love to make a big bowl of floating candles for winter time parties. Something about the water and fire work for winter. But for an outdoor barbeque last weekend, I made some simple floating candles and put them on the table outside by the pool in a bit bucket of ice water – and they were marvelous. They weren’t made with any mosquito repelling essential oils, but they did give a nice scent to the area. I do think a few people were a bit confused, thinking that the bucket was for keeping sodas and beer cold instead of just decor, but they figured it out.

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Floating Candles – Any Time of Year originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 23:43:05.

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