Washing with a bar of handmade soap is truly an experience. While mass-produced, store bought soaps often dry the skin, handmade soaps moisturize it. Pleasant scents and colors, often with bits of plant matter dabbled in, are formed into eye-catching designs. Homemade vegetable dyes and essential scented oils make for a natural, refreshing experience. I have both vegetable glycerin soaps and raw milk soaps. Stop by the farm markets to check them out.
Vegetable Glycerin Soap
Vegetable glycerin creates soap that can be molded into almost any shape or form and therefore makes some of the most attractive handmade soaps. Due to their very moisturizing nature, glycerin soaps have a tendency to attract moisture from humid air, causing water droplets to form on the bars. Keeping the soap in a dry area when not in use will increase the bar’s life. Vegetable glycerin contains the following ingredients: palm oil, castor oil, safflower oil, vegetable glycerin, purified water, lye, berry sorbitol, sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), and soy bean protein.
Old-fashioned Raw Milk Soap
These soap bars are made the old-fashioned way with four simple ingredients: Lard or tallow, water, lye, and raw cows’ milk. Raw Milk soap is made by replacing part of the water in the soap with fresh, unpasteurized milk. It creates a rich, moisturizing soap.