Carol Morgan wrote:could you post the process for this soap please? You say you made it by Cold-process, but also say you keep a tub of it by the sink? I thought cold-process soaps are hard bars ?
Hey there Carol. (if you're on desktop you can use the quote button, if you're on mobile maybe someone else can chime in).
So the process is almost exactly the same as for this soap recipe that someone else posted above-- https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/lets-make-some-soap-a-recipe-for-a-simple-lye-soap
, but our quantities are 5L oil (usually post-fry or rancid oil, nasty stuff, nothing pretty-- strained first), 1L liquid lye, 1L water. With that quantity of lye I don't think I need to heat anything, but it's been a while. I can't get pure lye flakes here, only drain cleaner that has other stuff in it, but I can get liquid lye from a chemical supply store so I use that.
And yes, it makes a hard soap that needs to set. If you're going to use it at the sink it's going to get wet and melt, so our solution is to pour some of the batch into plastic ice cream tubs to keep down mess. It's still hard soap (unlike the wetter yogurt soap described above).
I've tried scenting it with EO and other things but I think you must need bigger quantities than I'm willing to spend on soapmaking because it never works (one time I tried swirls of new coffee powder in it, which was interesting). It doesn't smell bad on its own, and while it is brutal on grease this soap is okay on my hands, I keep some outside for post-garden cleanup.