I'm very interested in the notion of goat's milk soap. I am concerned about using lye in my soap recipie & it's affect on any greywater system that goes out to the ground to water gardens. Are there recipies for Lye free soap or is the amount of lye in bar soap an amout that is great enough to be of concern? Thank You.
Burra Maluca wrote:
If you weigh your ingredients accurately, *all* the lye will be used up in the reaction to form soap. If there's any left over, the soap will be too harsh to use in any case, so it's best to be really accurate when you measure your ingredients. Once the lye has reacted with the oils and turned to soap, there's no problem as it's completely biodegradable.
If you are making an usual product like shampoo bars or baby soap or beer soap (made from the left overs from beer making) or clay soap for shaving etc, I think there is a market for you. You need a gimmick to make it in a competitive market and soap is no exception. I think it helps if it's one of a few items too, candles, other body products, etc.
For my daughter's science fair project, due tomorrow, she asked the question whether homemade soap could work as well as commercial soap. We've been making all out own soap for the past 3 years, so it was fun to find out.
We make a shea butter/coconut oil/olive oil/ lye soap that we have really been happy with. We use it to shower with, to wash our faces with. It is great stuff, and leaves your skin feeling great.
She tested a local artisan soap, Dial, and our own concoction. Turns out the Dial cleaned the worst, and ours cleaned the best. Proof that homemade can work better than the leading brands.
Avg cost per homemade bar is about $.55 in the quantities of 2 qts of soap per batch. Still cheaper than the Dial, I think. 90% of the cost here is in the oils, fragrence and the Shea Butter. If you had some rendered fat instead of coco oil, you could cut the cost.
But I would love to know how to make goats milk soap...
I am rushing through right now and haven't gotten to read all replies, but yes - I sold organic homemade soaps last year and did very well at festivals and faires as a vendor
Awesome! Was there a particular favorite soap?
You know, they all seemed to be favorites actually.
There is no doubt that a soap and body product is a viable one in and of itself but with any business knowing the market both if there is a demand for whatever it is and whether there are already others doing stuff in the same area is important to deciding what is viable and what isn't.