My grandfather and his brother-in-law (my great uncle) founded a soap company in 1952, based on my grandfather's soap recipes. (He had been making soap from home for meat processors in San Antonio and South Texas since the 1930s.) While the commercial business made industrial cleaning products for manufacturing facilities, grandpa was also a wiz at making soaps for home laundry and personal use, too.
|My grandfather (second from left) poses along with family members|
who founded and operated the Acme Soap Co.
To this day, clean laundry always reminds me of the smell at my grandparents house. As a result, I have been facinated with the soap-making process ever since I was a child. Now that I have some time on my hands, I think it's high time I give it a try myself.
|Photo via Jane Austen Gift Shop.|
Melt and pour is by far the easiest. Basically, a glycerin base is melted, colorants and fragrances are added, and the whole concoction is poured into molds.
|Photo from Candles and Supplies.|
Hot process is very similar to the cold process, but this method relies on cooking the mixture on a stove. This way, you don't need to wait for the soap to cure. It can be used as soon as the bars are cool.
What's great about making handcrafted soap is the ability to select all natural ingredients (no more skin allergies), adding your favorite fragrances, and producing cakes for gift giving.
I am ready to give it a try, and I think my grandfather would be proud!