It was a pleasure to talk to Jan from The Nerdy Farm Wife about making soap. When Jan’s son was very little he had allergies and eczema, and just about everything made his skin break out. She decided to try making her own soap even though she was nervous about working with the lye. She persevered through a few batches that flopped, and ended up with an all natural herbal soap that made a huge difference in her son’s skin – even the doctor was amazed at the wonderful soap. She hasn’t stopped making soap since then!
You can reap the benefit of Jan’s experiments by reading her book Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Basics & Recipes. It includes 25 recipes as well as step by step directions – with lots of pictures – on how to make your first batch of soap, incorporate flowers and herbs, understand lye calculators, and more!
Listen to hear how Jan loves to experiment with soap recipes; if it’s edible there’s a good chance she’s tried it in a batch of soap. She tells how her favorite soap, Honey Dandelion Soap, helped a friend with psoriasis; and loves that her soaps can help other people improve their health. It’s not a super frugal hobby, but she figured out that you can make a bar of soap for $1.49. However, Jan’s motivation comes from the fact that her family’s skin reacted to commercial soaps, and you can hear that as she talks about all the different soap recipes she has tried and the ones that she wants to try in the future.
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