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Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:35 am
by dggoatlover
Animals are only dumb if you don't spend the time to let them get to know you and the routine. Any animal can be trained if people treat them with the respect they deserve.

Some of the awful things I have heard people say about goats and people's perception about goats being evil in general! They are nothing like that and if they do do something they shouldn't I can usually trace it back to something that is my fault - e.g. not latching the gate properly - instead of blaming the animal.

Your sheep milk soap sounds lovely Bel. I make goat milk soap that we use at home. I would like to register later this year and start trying to sell some but see how we go with the costs etc first. :D

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:01 pm
by BJTJ
It is about $380 to register with NICNAS then you have the Public Liability, we were able to have it added on to our farm insurance so only costed about $70. From there I just started going to markets then also opened a facebook page. I would like to get a website but need a few more sales as yet. Today I am making sheep felted soaps - it makes the soap last ages with the wool on. On doing some research it is a very old way of having soap with a washcloth and an older lady from Ireland I spoke with says she can remember using soap with felted wool on it as a child. I am using our brown wool and white wool and it looks great. My husband is a woolclaser so have given him instructions that if he comes across unusual shades of wool to get me some! Am doing a bit of dying as well. Can't believe how dirty those sheep get there wool LOL :lol: Have got Lemon Verbena in the garden so am going to have a go at using that in soap. The recipe I found says the smell comes through very well so will have a go. Bel

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:23 pm
by Shadowgirlau
Sounds all very interesting Bel.

This year I am going to increase my garden produce and start making things to sell. At the moment I am looking into re licensing and this should hopefully be all sorted by the time I am ready to get back into it. I really don't want to go far from home so am looking into the local monthly market, the farmers market down in Albany and possibly even selling from one of the local layaway/rest ways? We will see.

On another subject my daughter has just enrolled to do a book keepers course, certificate 4. She can continue on with this afterward to become an accountant if she wishes but for now the book keeping aspect of it is all she wants to do. I am very pleased that she is continuing to develop her profile as in these times she will need to be adaptable.

I read something earlier this week where the person being interviewed said that there is a motion being put forward to increase the retirement age eventually to 74. The person doing the interview retorted with - but the average age for death is 77yrs so this means people will literally be working till they die? and he was told exactly.

Well I couldn't help but think - so much for advancement, seems the more we advance the more we find ourselves returning to the conditions of the earlier centuries albeit we are technologically more advanced but unfortunately this seems to be working against us rather than really improving anything.
Okay I know this was originally about soap so with that, adieu

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:09 am
by BJTJ
Yes the aged pension is being put back further and people will not automatically be eligible at 65. My husband will get it at 65 but I wont until I am 67 and this makes it 4 years after him that I can get a pension. More reason to get my soapmaking business up and running - although we produce a lot of our own food, I still need an income. The worst part of working for myself is no super is being paid for me!! Oh well better make more soap!! Bel

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:33 pm
by Shadowgirlau
Bel, my husband will be 75 this year. he retired the day he turned 70. I am not eligible to retire until I am 67 which is still 12 years away officially. I am retired unofficially at this time due to my disability so yes I am retired but am not able to access my super until I actually reach retirement age. The rate we are going now though there will be no super left either.

Made a nice batch of hand lotion last weekend. DD was blown away by how silky smooth it was and how well it absorbed in to the skin. Seems I am not as bad at is as she thought after all. :lol:

Kathleen

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:50 am
by BJTJ
That sounds great - haven't made hand lotion yet. Bel

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:04 pm
by dggoatlover
I have ben making felted soap as well. I have found it a useful way to use up my alpaca fleece that is too short to spin. Great minds I say!!! :lol: I've also been knitting a lot of baby stuff to sell as well - booties, bonnets and such in alpaca. So lovely and soft and the natural colour range is amazing!

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:31 pm
by minnie
Hi Desley,

Are you spinning your own alpaca wool?

Vicki

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:01 pm
by BJTJ
Isn't it amazing how long the soap lasts when it is felted. I have had one on the kitchen sink that I use humpteen times per day and have had it for the last six months. Mum has been using one in the shower for a couple of months also. Bel

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:25 am
by Shadowgirlau
Hello Desley and Bel,
I haven't made felted soap however I think I will have to give it a go you have made it sound so attractive. :D

Actually I have a few items on my list of things to either start up again or learn to do. The list like my usual to do list just seems to be getting longer and longer :lol: :shock:

Cheers
Kathleen

Re: Homemade Soap

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:06 am
by dggoatlover
I have a wheel and am trying to learn to spin. The problem is finding good chunks of time to sit down and give it a proper practice :roll: