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November, 2009: Tami's Soap Recipe
Thanks to all
of you for your continued interest in my soap. It's quite
a compliment and I appreciate it. Many of you have been
customers and friends for years. I can't tell you how much
I have appreciated you over that time. My leaving the soap
business was both an overnight decision and a long-time
debate. Sales were down, prices continued to increase.
Unless I could buy in bulk which wasn't working since
sales were down, it got harder and harder to afford to
stay in business and maintain the quality of the soap.
In case you'd like to make your own, I'm going to post the
recipe here with the request that if you end up making a
batch, that you will please make a donation to your local
animal shelter, the Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals or
The Farm Sanctuary is here:
Mercy for Animals is here:
Vegan Outreach is here:
This is the recipe that I use for all soap except the
shaving soap, the shampoo bar, oh baby and the blue sky.
I'll give the scent blends for the Blue Sky and Oh, Baby
so you can use them with this recipe if you want. For
basic directions in how to make soap, see this website:
To change the size of the batch, here's a lye calculator:
I've always said, it's not hard to make soap, but it's
tough to make good soap. Hopefully this recipe will give
you a head start. Please, please, be sure to read all
directions carefully, measure exactly (you'll need an
accurate scale), give yourself tons of time and keep any
children far away while you're making it. Cure the soap
for 6 to 8 weeks before using for harder bars. And make
sure you put some love into it while you're making it.
Tami's Soap Recipe
Makes 12- 15 bars of soap in a loaf mold
1.5 ounces castor oil
17 ounces coconut oil
29 ounces olive oil
11 ounces palm kernel oil
1.5 ounces shea butter
8.65 ounces lye
20 ounces water
Basic oils can be purchased through Columbus Foods in
Chicago, or Bramble Berry.
For essential oils: the Essential Oil University
For fragrance oils: Bramble Berry -
or Oregon Trails -
Now, for scents, I tend to use a lot but I think that's
part of what made my soap business work for more than 10
years. You can cut back on the amounts if you like a
lighter scented soap, but here are some of the formulas
for the above amount of soap. I'm not bothering with the
coloring, but that is wide open. Personally, I think the
soap bar quality comes first, the scent second, and the
visual last. If you have questions that aren't answered
email me and I'll help if
Blue Sky: 1.5 ounces peppermint essential oil, .75 ounce
each spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils
By the Falls: 3 ounces bay rum fragrance oil
Country Oat: 3 ounces oatmeal, milk and honey (but yes,
it's actually vegan)
Daybreak: 1 ounce rosemary essential oil, 2 ounces lime
Fresh Squeezed: 3.5 ounces yuzu fragrance oil
Green Tea and Honeysuckle: 1.5 ounces of each
Lavender Ripple: 3 ounces lavender essential oil (40/42
Oh, Baby: 1.5 ounces 5x orange essential oil, .75 ounces
tangerine essential oil, 2 ounces lavender essential oil
Peppermint Teatree: 1.5 ounces of each essential oil
Most of the other scent blends are self-explanatory.
Thank you very much for your support over the years.
Looking ahead, I've got a vegan cookbook coming out in
February, 2010, from Vegan Heritage Press. If you're vegan
or vegan-inclined, please check out my blog at
some delicious and compassionate recipes.
2009: Tami's Book!
Thank you very
much for your support and loyalty over the last 10 years.
It's been a great run and I appreciate the customers who
have become friends and each and every order that has come
my way. At this time, I am closing the soap business.