I’ve been making soap for more than 12 years the old-fashioned, cold process way. Handmade natural soap is a thoughtful gift for the person who doesn’t want more ‘things,’ but would love something both practical and beautiful. Everyday consumable items make the best gifts for simple living!
The first step is to mix the water and lye. I use pure rain water because it’s soft, which contributes to the soap’s sudsing ability. Many people are afraid of lye, but you can’t make soap without using lye. (See my post about “saponification” and how it relates to lye.)