I know I know! don't look at me like that .. i'm trying to get the next skirt tutorial together but in the meantime, i've had to make some soap.
When you use handmade cold pressed soap, made with natural oils and without the goodness taken out, it is very very very hard to go back to using shop bought commercial soap.
Infact, it's impossible.
Not least because it's almost impossible to find soap which hasn't been made with palm oil in the supermarket but also because commercial soap is so drying and so harsh. One's skin notices the difference immediately.
I've been making my own for about 2 years and after successfully keeping myself in soap for all that time, I ran out a few weeks ago and haven't had time to make more in months. I had to buy 'handwash'! Oh how dry my skin is! How my hands hurt :(
So today, I am making soap. And LOTS of it!
Next week, I shall make more.
If you want to know how to make soap - and other natural bodycare products, then read this new fantastic blog called
It is written by a lady who is a very big noise in the soap world. Last year, she went on a soaping mission to Nigeria to teach women how to make soap in order that they could make a living. This year, she is doing something similar in Spain.
She is my friend, and she taught me how to do it! I'm just about to try the Castille Soap recipe, using nothing but olive oil (from Sainsburys), water, and caustic soda (from the local hardware shop).
Honestly, it's easy when you know how, why don't you give it a whirl?