Making Soap is Fun
Twisty Stitches Cold Pressed Soap Store Now Open!!!
Everyone uses soap!
Soap is refreshing and there are many types of soap. Some have great lather. Others moisturize the skin and make it feel soft and smooth. Our Twisty Stitches Gourmet Soap is made one batch at a time by hand using simple oils such as castor, olive, coconut, palm and almond oil.
Different oils add different qualities to your cold pressed soap. Each of the oils that we use will determine the hardness or softness of your soap, how well it lathers, and even how mild the finished soap will be. For example, palm oil will add hardness to the soap but if used alone the soap will be brittle with little lather. That’s why we add other oils such as coconut oil, olive and castor oil. These oils have good lather and help make a soap that is not too hard and not too soft (soft soap would simply melt away in water).
Twisty Stitches cures each batch of soap for 4-6 weeks. Although using cold pressed soap immediately is okay, curing the soap will allow some of the water in the soap to evaporate which will help harden the soap so it lasts longer when exposed to water in your bath or shower. We will not ship the soap until it has cured for a minimum of 4 weeks. This may delay your shipment if you order more bars than we have available. We will contact you to let you know of the delay and allow you to choose another bar if you wish.
NOTE: If you are ordering more than 3 bars of the same soap, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make sure we have enough to fill your order.
If you are interested in purchasing our soaps in bulk, please contact us directly at email@example.com. Our soaps are perfect for massage therapists looking to add additional products to their services. We also offer votive candles that can be scented to match the soaps and sold together in gift baskets.
Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market
All of our soaps and candles can be purchased from Twisty Stitches at the weekly Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 7am to 1pm. You can also find a number of other vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables also at the farmer’s market.
I made some cold-pressed soap last night. It won’t be ready to sell at the Dallas GA Farmer’s Market on my first day of the selling season but I will have enough melt-and-pour soap and candles for opening day. I hope this first batch of cold-pressed soap using a new recipe comes out okay. I should be able to unmold it tonight and cut it as long as it has firmed up. My husband built for me a new soaping table so I could have plenty of room to spread out for my soaping activities. There are also some pictures of the soap process from last night also.
This is me waiting for the lye mixture to cool down below 150 degrees F
This is the lye and water mixture cooking.
Coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil mix before the lye was added.
“If you are new to soap making please do not attempt this process when children or pets are about as lye is highly caustic. When lye is mixed with water it heats up. If it comes into contact with your skin or eyes, rinse immediately with cool water. If you spill it on any surface, wash it immediately or it will corrode. Keep a jug of vinegar nearby to help neutralize any spills. When mixing the lye and water together, keep your face away from the container and ensure you are working in a well-ventilated area. Use safety equipment such as latex gloves, safety glasses, an apron and a mask when handling lye at least until you are experienced at which point you can make an informed decision for yourself. Once the lye solution and oils have been mixed together and saponified, the solution is neutralized and no longer caustic.”
These are the molds that I used. We only used the wooden mold (the long one) but I am always prepared in case I make too much soap for the mold. I’ll post some pics once I unmold it and cut the soap.
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