For Christmas this year I decided that I wanted to make things for my friends and family instead of buying things and hoping they would like them. Now don’t get me wrong I will never turn down wine, chocolate, or any geek paraphernalia (I do have Star Trek shirts and sweats on my Amazon wish list after all). I’ve made lip balms and hand creams a number of times and everyones loved them. What I have not made yet is soap or solid lotion bars, so I figured this was a good opportunity to try my hand at making them!
I have to admit that the idea of working with lye is a big part of why I’d never made soap before today. And before you go any further please read this – Lye Safety Guide by Soap Queen – It is important that the proper measures be taken when handling a caustic material. David is insisting I get a vinyl apron, better gloves, and full face shield before I go any further with my soap making. That is what living with someone who is currently majoring in bio-chem is like. 😛