soap, soapy, bubbly, lathery.
I did it and did not blow anything up.
This past Sunday, I mustered up my courage, gathered up my supplies and just did it!
I. made. soap. Not grating up and reforming store bought stuff, not doing melt and pour, but honest to goodness fat and lye real deal soap.
I chose to do Hot Process Method Soapmaking, which uses a crockpot and eliminates the need to cure the soap. Its basic premise is more like how it would have been made by our ancestors (minus the crockpot, the digital scale, minus the stir stick, but you get the point). This 2# batch took just over 2 hours to make and at the end, I had soap that was ready to use.
For the 411 on what I did, visit Chickens in the Road and look up the Soapmaking tutorials in the Crafts section.