Adventures in Liquid Soap

I’ve heard it a lot over the years: the request for liquid soap from customers, friends & buyers. On that long to-do list, and not something I could just casually whip up when I was feeling it, making soap in liquid form, although not entirely different than making bar soap, is a bit more involved, more time consuming—and there’s more room for error, at least I think so.

So, I did what everyone else (hopefully) does when venturing into something new. I read. I read a lot. A lot, a lot. Read useful and not-so-useful books, websites, articles, blogs. You name it. Took lots of notes and took a good look at what was out there and what was really popular (short of being done to death). I read about which oils were best to use, which oils weren’t the best to use and I sought to break some rules, too, because what fun is to follow the crowd entirely?

The first liquid soap I made was made entirely of extra virgin olive oil and scented with cedar. It was our tester for a while. This was to get the process down. The soap took a good long time to come to trace (I expected that) and the cedar oil, in combination with the golden soap, made for a darker amber color. The picture doesn’t show it, but it is indeed transparent. I had read about some essential oils not being so kind to liquid soap (cedar being one of them), so I was pleased that my patience in integrating the EO into my diluted paste worked out.

Fast-forward to now. I’m working on a few different formulas–and I’ve completed one of them. I don’t have this available for sale yet. (We are working on bottling and labeling aspects of this — another reason I’ve hesitated getting into this…) But, in the meantime, how about a FREE 1.5 oz of liquid soap in a foamer bottle? Mosey on over to our Etsy store. Purchases over $30 through Feb. 6 (or while supplies last) will receive this as a free gift in either Lavender or Lemongrass.

Handmade Olive Oil Liquid Soap, scented with cedar oils & diluted for use in a foamer bottle.