Artisan Thursday - The Art of Soapmaking

Did you know making soap is an art? Yes, there is a beautiful chemistry that brings you invigorating suds in the shower. I'm not talking about the soap you buy at the store but the kind forged by hand. Maybe the way Grandma made it, but smarter.

You see, the old ways of making soap with lye and oils gets a bad rap. Back in pioneer days people had to make their own lye out of ash then guess on how much oils they had to use to make soaps. These days we have recipes from experts and lye calculators to help. When soap is made properly there is no trace of lye in the soap. It's a beautiful chemistry that causes the lye and oils/fats to go through a saponification process to make soap. The product gives you a beautiful healthy way to keep your whole family clean. 

A batch of artisan soap the mamas made a couple of weekends ago.
You can find artisan soaps at the local Fortville Farmers Market and here is what they have to say about soap making.

Nana's Herb Garden - Carolyn Starks - "Soapmaking gives me the opportunity to create a useful natural product and during that process to experiment with a variety of herbal additives, color pigments and essential oils. The outcome is usually a beautiful bar of handmade, handcut soap."

Hemp Natural Soap - Bryan Pracht - "For me soap making is important for two reasons: health and environment. The chemicals used in most store bought soaps cause health and environment problems and having knowledge to make traditional soap using only oil and lye is a dying trade. It's important that we as a society do not forget our original trades and traditions. Making soap can be fun, if you know what you are doing."


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