I made about 50 lbs. of soap in the past few days, starting to build up inventory as I complete my transition into making my own soaps instead of hiring someone to do it for me.
I made 25 lbs. of my regular Amber-scented sheep's milk soap. Then for a little variety, I made some unscented sheep's milk soap, and some pure castille soap. All of my soaps are technically castille soap, since they are made with 100% olive oil, with sheep's milk and essential oils added. But pure castille soap has only 3 ingredients: olive oil, water, and lye. All olive-oil based soaps are known to be exceptionally mild and gentle to the skin, although they don't make lots of lather. Personally, I love how much softer and smoother my skin feels after using my sheep's milk soap.
Anyway, I was interested to see how the new varieties turned out. I had suspected---but didn't know for sure---that without the dark-colored essential oils added, my sheep's milk soap would be an entirely different color. And I was right. The scented sheep's milk soap is a rich brown color, while the unscented version is a beautiful pale cream that is barely distinguishable from the one-shade-lighter pure castille.
Here's what they look like. On the left is the amber-scented sheep's milk soap. In the center is the unscented sheep's milk soap. And on the right is the pure, unscented castille soap.
All these new soaps need at least a couple of weeks to cure, then they will be available for sale on my website and Etsy.