Java Cream Soaps

Yea, I couldn’t help it.  I finally made a creamy coffee soap from really strong brewed black coffee with a touch of raw cream (from my dad’s milk cows).  This bar has the fantastic scent of rich coffee.  It is dark brown in color.  It is creamy.  It is smooth.  It lathers up rich.  Available with oats or without.  Do not advise using this bar before going to sleep.  I tested it last week before bedtime and I did not even blink that night.

Hang in there, chocolate lovers…I am working on a mocha bar next.


Tracing the Soap

Hi Everyone!  I am making soap today and thought I would share a little clip of how I bring my soap ingredients to trace.  The ingredients in the pot are olive oil and a solution of water and lye.  The mixer pulls these components together and creates the soap batter.  Trace is achieved when the batter thickens into a pudding-like  consistancy.  You can see, at the end of the video, where I dribble a bit of soap batter onto the batter in the pot?   When the trail sits on top of the batter, we have an acceptable trace and it is ready to process.  #soapmaking #homemadesoap #handmadesoap #soapingtips #cadroncreeksoapworks #diysoap

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

This is it! The best homemade laundry soap powder you will ever find! You can make this laundry soap for pennies on the dollar compared to commercial detergents and you have complete control over the ingredients. You can make this soap nearly-all-natural by using a store-bought soap like Ivory or Dial or Fels Naptha…or…completly natural by using a handmade, chemical free soap like I offer in my shop. This laundry soap is low sudsing and eco-friendly and pocketbook friendly. You gotta try it, I think you’ll be amazed by the results.

3 cups Borax
2 cups Baking Soda
3 cups Washing Soda
2 cups bar soap (grated) (One 5 ounce bar of soap)

Grate the soap with the fine tooth cheese grater. The smaller the soap flakes, the better they dissolve in water.

Sift the dry ingredients. This is important because anything that isn’t tiny (and goes through the sifter) is too big to dissolve quickly in the washer and you will end up with tiny, white, grainy dots on your cloths.

Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.

Use 2 tablespoons of powder per full load.

Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar as an alternative to commercial fabric softeners. Add it to the rinse cycle via your washer’s fabric softener dispenser (I use it in those fabric softener balls you just fill and toss into the load). The vinegar will cut any soap residue and will leave your laundry smelling sweet, fresh, and clean.

1. Borax and washing soda are found on the laundry aisle.

2. Most any soap will work for this recipe. You do not want any kind of “beauty bar” for this soap…the moisturizing agents leave a residue on clothing. Ivory is the most cost-effective and is my favorite and seems to work well for sensitive skin. Of course, I use my olive oil soap (plain, traditional, unscented) and it works fantastic but is a little more pricey for my customers. Using my soap makes this power a truly natural and eco-friendly product with no sulfates or fragrances.

3. Add essential oils for fragrance.

4. For an all natural alternative to store-bought soaps, try my Traditional Unscented Castile Soap. This bar is not super fatted with castor oil or vitamin e oil.  It is a perfectly balanced bar with no additional oils added.  It is outstanding for this laundry soap recipe.

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