Thursday, January 29, 2009

Soap Making Now and Then

Have you ever considered the history of a home made bar of soap? In days of olde soap making was a necessity and part of life. Lye was made by leaching ashes. The ashes were placed in a barrel. Water was added to the ashes and the lye would
leach out from slits cut into the bottom of the barrel and collected in a basin
or tub. This was dangerous work as the caustic liquid burned the skin and even the fumes would burn their lungs. Grease was added so the final product
wouldn't burn the skin. For bathing they usually added fragrance in the form of wild ginger or bayberry and for laundry soap they added borax or resin. The hot
and laborious work was chosen for a cool day as it necessitated building a huge fire and setting a cast iron kettle to boil. Each household had their own secret recipe. Some women preferred harsher grades for heavy duty cleaning and laundry washings. And milder soaps were concocted for bathing. Now days home made soaps are the ultimate in luxury and skin care.
If you have never tried a sumptuous bar of goats milk soap you simply must treat yourself. Soap makers guard their secret recipes and take much pride in offering the best quality they can achieve. Essential oils and fragrance oils in every scent imaginable, fresh and dried herbs, pure goats milk, wholesome oats all designed to beautify and heal. They provide important nutrients and care for the skin that store bought soaps can't offer. Manufactured soaps contain ingredients that dry and dull your skin and can be harmful and aging.

WSOAPP is lucky enough to have two very fine soap makers in our Market Street Shoppes. Be sure to click on the images here to take you directly to their shops!
Birchberry Farms and Sweet Meadow Farms both offer excellent and much
recommended varieties. We invite you to try their wares as many loyal and
repeat customers can attest to their benefits.

Photos provided courtesy of Sweet Harvest Farms and of Birchberry Farms. Images are copy written property of their owners.


Brenda, Rusty Creek Primitives said...

ah man. Trying to figure out how she got that photo of me standing there stirring the pot. ha!

BirchBerry Farms said...

Berry Berry Nice girlies---I love the story--and thank you---and Bren---I do believe that picture covers your best side---it truly does---heehee----you may want to check into a better bra though---that one just doesn't look like it is doing you ANY justice!