I'm looking over my soap notes. I made my first cold process soap Nov 2009! Since then I have used 117 pounds of oils/butters to make approximately 140 pounds of soap!! WOW!
I have used over 45 different recipes. I've used a variety of different kinds of molds. Milk cartons, Pringles cans, plastic boxes, plastic cookie trays, silicone muffin and cupcake pans, silicone cake pans, rubber ice cube trays, wood molds, silicone lined wood molds. I've used cow's milk, goat's milk, vegetable purees, honey, salt, beer, colloidal oatmeal as additives. I've used a variety of colorants and fragrances. I still have a nice collection of fragrance and essential oils and I want to get more!
I've had a lot of fun making soap these 2 years and I plan on continuing to have more fun!
So the last time I made cold process soap was in March 2011. What a long hiatus! I had to take a break from soapmaking because I am pregnant and all of the fragrances were making me feel nauseous! I store my finished soaps in the garage and I couldn't even go near the garage with out feeling like I had to gak! The first trimester was the worst. I'm about at the end of my pregnancy now and I wanted to get back into soaping. I missed it. So I decided to make some soap today. A real simple 100% olive oil castile soap. No color, no fragrance. It makes for good and gentle baby soap too. I still have some from before that I can use, but I wanted to make some more. So I used 4 pounds of olive oil to make soap! Yup that's a lot of soap! It was so fun. So castile soap takes a long time to cure so I'll let these sit around for a good, long time before I consider using them.