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Old 06-08-2010, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default Yet another new hobby.......soap!

Well, today I made my first batch of soap, using some fresh goat's milk, lard, lye, and oatmeal. I didn't add any fragrance, mainly because one of the reasons I wanted to make my own soap was to get away from fake smelly stuff. But also because essential oils are expensive. I'd like to try a peppermint scent if I can find Peppermint essential oil cheap.

But........I got to thinking. Wouldn't it be wonderful in a couple of months to put a couple of fresh hop leaves/cones into a batch of soap? My cascade especially. Yum! Put a cone or two in the food processor, and chop it fine, and stir it in?

I'm going to have to try that..........when the hops finally appear in August.

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Congrats!! Never made soap before, but I've gotten to know a lot of home soap makers through badgerandblade.com. The soap I buy for the winter is a lot like the one you just made. It moisturizes like no other soap I've used.

Hop soap would be awesome!!! If I were you, I'd venture over to Badger and Blade. Some people in the soap making or cologne section might have ideas on how to better extract some sort of essential oil from the hops. I'd imagine you could soak a bunch of cones in everlcear. I guess the next best thing would be just to grind the cones straight into the soap though.

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Since I'm definitely no expert and my first batch isn't even hardened, but one of the things I've been reading is to never use alcohol in your soap. It does something chemically to it and it won't turn out. So, no perfume or other fragrances that have an alcohol base. (Definitely no vanilla extract!). So you have to use essential oils, or actual pieces of herbs and dried citrus peel. I guess I would have to use dried hops, come to think of it. Otherwise, it might rot while the soap is curing.

I have some dried homegrown cascades in the freezer. If this first batch turns out, I might try a goat's milk/cascade hop blend for next time!

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I grind into a powder, mix with a neutral spirit and proceed from there.
Cascade, Ahtanum or any other " C " hops would work very well.

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I grind into a powder, mix with a neutral spirit and proceed from there.
Cascade, Ahtanum or any other " C " hops would work very well.
I wonder- wouldn't it be cool to have a little bit of hops in the soap? Or not really? Maybe taking a shower, you'd be picking little pieces of hops off of yourself.

Does grinding it make the soap green-ish?
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I wonder- wouldn't it be cool to have a little bit of hops in the soap? Or not really? Maybe taking a shower, you'd be picking little pieces of hops off of yourself.

Does grinding it make the soap green-ish?
depends on the amount you add. If you want a subtle scent, you really don't need that much. chunks you would notice more, or a coarse grind.
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Funny that one of the better known soap makers is about 22 miles from you in Florence, WI. MamaBears soaps, http://mamabearssoaps.com/

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mama bears soaps are good, but spendy...
there are cheaper alternatives...

but mama bear customer service is top-notch.

I suppose it all comes down to price -vs- service.

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Funny that one of the better known soap makers is about 22 miles from you in Florence, WI. MamaBears soaps, http://mamabearssoaps.com/
Sue makes the best shave soaps!!
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Hmmm. I knew that they made soap, but I actually only know of them from the homebrew club. I never go to meetings- since the meetings are usually about an hour's drive each way, so I've never met them.
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