Homemade Castile Soap

I am truly in love with handmade soap.  The rich lather.  The earthly smells.  The soft skin.  I love that through it I'm linked to all the women before me who learned the simple, but necessary tasks like knitting, sewing, canning, baking bread and soap making.   I hope that I will pass this reverence for natural living onto my kids so that they can enjoy life's pleasures. 

I really don't know what took me so long to do this.  Ok I do.  The looming possibility that I could potentially blow up our house and all of us in it if I mixed the chemicals wrong.  I wonder if my great grandma ever worried about blowing up the farm house?  We are quickly running out of my beloved handmade soap and at $5 a bar, I decided that if generations of women before me could do it, then so could I.  Here's the recipe I used.

Basic Veggie Soap:  aka. Castile Soap:
12 oz organic coconut oil
12 oz olive oil
20 oz shortening
16 oz distilled water
6 oz lye

http://www.millersoap.com/ for everything you ever wanted to know about making soaps!

I'll post some pictures after I get them cut tomorrow:)


  1. Hi.
    I really want to make soap. But what is the "stuff" who make the rich?
    Love your blog! You inspire me!

  2. It's really much simpler than one would think, isn't it?