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Making Soap

Homesteading; Soapmaking
I have tried making soap on my own and making soap is something that is very important and requires a lot of time.

Trying to live a self sufficient way of life also means taking care of your body, what you intake. This starts with your diet and nutrition to staying away from toxins to body hygienics. So, what could be more important than making your own, personal body products? The best part is of course that you can fully control what you apply on your skin and what not. You are in charge of your own body, no one else is. Alcohol, drugs, smoking... someday everyone will get a bill for doing these things.
Living self sufficient means taking responsibility for yourself and your own body.

We decided to make our own body products and we can choose between a wide range of herbs and essential oils that do not do any harm to our skin.
The skin is a living organ of the body and thus plays a large part of the natural detoxification process of the human body.

The main ingredients of the soap are

Shea Butter
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Castor Oil
Herbs and Essential Oils

At first, we made a tea out of the herbs, in this soap we have used pine needles and parts of the juniper tree. Remind you that we are here in the Southwest of the United States and juniper as well as pine are pretty much abundant in the high elevation parts of the region.

Then we mix that herbal tea with lye.

We melt all the oils down in the crockpot.

Then we add the lye-tea and keep on stiring until it has got a pudding like consistency.

We put the lit on the crockpot and keep on staring about every 20 minutes until it looks like vaseline.

Then we pour it into the mold and let it solidify and cut it down into blocks.