Soap

As a papermaker and printmaker I find myself using water on my hands for washing and during my art processes. My hands would dry even using a hand lotion after the washing. I decided if I could make a more moisturizing soap this would help. I read several books about traditional soap making and after trial and error came up with a soap that I like. I made several bars with different essential oils and gave some away. People came back to me and asked if they could buy more and thus I had another “egg in my basket”. I don’t make many bars around 1000 – 1500 every year. The soap has made a difference.

The soap is one recipe with different essential oils added to them. Soap ingredients are olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil,castor oil, water and lye. All the oils are food grade. The oils are combined with the water and lye at the same temperature. A chemical and physical reaction occurs which is called saponification. The soap is then poured into a mold and will cure for a couple of days and then dry for another 8 weeks. Then off to the shower.

essential oils
lavendar
orange/nutmeg
peppermint
lemongrass
pine needle
cedarwood
unscented

The bars are $8.00 each and weigh about 5.5 oz. If you are interested in buying soap you can: call us at 219-362-9478 or contact us through email hookpotterypaper@comcast.net or go to our contact page and send us a note of what you would like. We will call you to get a credit card number or confirm if you are sending a check.

During July we are running our 20 bar discount – if you buy 20 bars we will sell them to you for $6.00 each.