Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How the Publicist Makes Soap

One of our wonderful commenters asked how the publicist makes my rich soap. She agreed to show everyone how she goes about it. She wouldn't let me in to watch so I will pass on to you what she told me. Of course it all starts with my rich milk..and Abby's too. If you remember, there was a post before on how the publicist milks us. Only Abby was being milked then, but I am being milked now so my milk is going in the soap again. The publicist freezes the milk she is going to use for soap. When she is ready to make the soap she pulls a bag out of the freezer and puts it in her pitcher to thaw. Using frozen, slushy milk helps to keep the lye from burning the milk.
After the milk has thawed a little the publicist says she "goes all psycho on it." As a goat I am not sure what this means but she said the readers would understand.


After the milk is broken up and melts a bit more and turns slushy

she adds the lye.

This makes the milk turn a really weird yellow/green color. Ick.


By the time it is ready to use it has turned orange and looks like a blob. Aren't you glad you asked about this now?



Then she measures out her super secret recipe of fats and oils and puts them in her big soap pot



and melts them on the stove.



Then she adds the milk/lye blob and mixes it with her stick blender until it gets nice and smooth.
This is called "trace" at which point it is time to strain it and add the fragrance oil or essential oil and pour it into the molds.
The molds will rest overnight. Then the publicist will pop the soaps out of the molds and let them cure for a month.
These are the soaps she made on Sunday night. The scents she used then are Old Goat (Patchouli), Grapefruit and Exotic Red Tea.

The scents used in tonight's batch of soap are making are Bing Cherry, Cucumber Melon and Basil Lime Papaya.
This is called the cold process of making soap. The publicist makes small batches so she can maintain quality.
I hope this has answered any questions there were about the soap making process. If there are any others, please ask and the publicist will be happy to answer them. She loves to answer questions.
Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter. All who sign up through May 16th will be entered into a drawing for THREE BARS of my rich soap. Woo hoo! How cool is that?

15 comments:

  1. It looks like so much fun...I especially love the 'psycho' part.

    Thank you so much for answering my comment.

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  2. Cool! I had no idea how soap was made. I was wondering why it has to cure for a month? What would it be like to use a soap before it is cured? Maybe too soft?

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  3. sparkle and I want to come on a soap making vacation. I've got to get me some Basil/Lime/Papaya. that is interesting about using frozen, slushy milk... that sounds very important :)

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  4. Very interesting, thank you for sharing with us! I've just started buying handmade soap, but I have very little idea about how it's made. Could you tell me what the difference is between cold process and hot process soap?

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  5. I am glad everyone like my story of soap. I told the publicist that there were so many follow up questions and it made her very happy! She said she would answer them all in tomorrow's post.

    Margo - you and sparkle can come up here any time and help make soap. I can only pay you in hay and apples, though. Is that OK?

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  6. Interesting post. We've got plans to make goat soap really soon for the first time. Been trying to get all the supplies gathered and then find the time. Looking forward to tomorrow's post!
    ~Jenny~

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  7. That does look like fun, though a lot of work. Just love handmade soap - got addicted just before Christmas.

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  8. Wow that is a lot of work!! Very cool :)

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  9. That is SOO neat! I had no clue how to even begin to think about making soap! ...I'll still leave it up to you...but it is cool to know HOW!

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  10. What scent/shapes will be in the giveaway? I loooove patchouli!

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  11. Hey, thanks for the lesson. It was great and it answered my questions about soap making. LOVE your soaps!!!

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  12. That was fun! I love these soaps and the citrus ones are so great in the morning, better than coffee and the bathroom smells great even when my son uses the bathroom.

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  13. Great post. I love all the pics to show how it works.

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  14. Thanks for showing that process. Really cool to see each step.

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  15. It is fun for the publicist to make the soap. I am not sure how the male person feels about the soap all over his house...

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