Goat Milk Soap Gift Baskets – A Luxurious Bathing Experience

There is nothing that beats the feeling of sliding into a nice warm bath, scented with just the perfect essential oil to help a tired body recuperate or simply to prepare for another day’s adventure. HartNana’s goat milk soap gift baskets come in a variety of “flavors” designed to match your mood.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

The Lavender Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket has been created to encourage a good night’s sleep. Lavender relaxes sore muscles, perfect for calming anxiety and stress. Lavender goat’s milk soap and bath salts have been paired with Chamomile tea. Chamomile tea has long been used to relax and prepare for sleep. (It also helps with nausea)

goat milk soap gift basket lavender $25.00




 

Peppermint Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

This peppermint goat milk soap gift basket is perfect for that harried person who needs to recharge. Pared with peppermint tea and Breezy Bath Salts to calm headaches and sooth tired muscles let peppermint be your picker up.

Breezy is an essential oil combination made by Butterfly Express that include; birch, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, ravensara. The main scent is peppermint.

goat milk soap gift basket peppermint $25.00





Honey Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

Honey and oatmeal together give an added punch to the already nourishing properties of goat’s milk soap. The little bits of oatmeal work as an exfoliant, gently removing dead skin cells while stimulating new ones to replace the tired and worn out cells. Honey has anti bacterial properties that protect your skin. This honey oatmeal goat milk basket was designed for everyday use. Paired with Chai tea and vanilla scented bath salts, an early morning soak will leave you charged and ready to face what ever the day has in store for you.

goat milk soap gift basket honey oatmeal $25.00





Each goat milk soap gift basket is shipped via the US Post Office Priority mail and is available for purchase and shipping only within the United States.

Make Comfrey Oil – It is a Carpel Tunnel Natural Remedy!

How to Make Comfrey Oil

make comfrey oilMaking any type of herbal oil is a simple process of infusing the herb into a good quality oil that will allow absorption into the skin.  I prefer Almond and Coconut oils for making ointments, oils and lotions. You could add the Comfrey infused almond oil to this goat’s milk lotion recipe for super wonderfully healing lotion! You won’t want to use this everyday though, as there are chemicals in Comfrey that can cause liver problems if used long term even topically.

To make Comfrey oil you will need both almond oil and Comfrey leaves that are dried.  I like to grow Comfrey as it requires so little effort and comes back from year to year with out me having to do much.

Havesting Comfrey Leaves

Each fall I harvest the Comfrey leaves and dry them on a clothes drying rack. Clothes drying racks are an awesome way to dry your herbs and greens.

harvesting comfrey leaves(This is dill in the picture, I still had some wrapped up from last fall)

Gather the stems together in little bunches, rubberband them then use little pieces of wire like come with garbage bags or bread wrappers (I save mine in an old plastic bottle), thread the wire wrapper through the rubberband then attach the wire to the clothes rack. Sometimes I even put a bit of chicken wire between the racks so I can dry even more on one rack. This works well for drying peppers too.

Back to how to make comfrey oil. Take your Comfrey leaves crumble them up and rub them a bit to release their natural oils. Figure about 1/4 cup Comfrey leaves crumbled to one pint of almond oil. Heat the mixture  up until it is warm and let it sit while warm for several hours.

Make Comfrey Oil With a Crock Pot

A good way to do this is in a crock pot on the low setting. Place a wet dish towel in the crock pot first, then add your pints of almond oil/comfrey on top of the towel and fill the crock pot about half way up the jars then let it sit at low heat for about eight to twelve hours.  I like to start mine in the evening and then they are ready in the morning.

Make Comfrey Oil in Your Oven

You can also make your Comfrey oil in your oven. Heat the oven up to 200 degrees then turn it off. Put your Comfrey oil in a roasting pan or a pot, if you’re only doing one jar, that has hot, but not boiling water in it, about half way up the jar/jars. Leave these in the oven for 8 to 12 hours replacing the water and reheating the oven once or twice during the process. This method doesn’t work so well at night as you need to do more with it and, hey, who likes to wake up in the middle of the night to be “fiddling” with stuff?

I’m all about easy, fast and efficient  in my world so the crock pot method works well for me.

After eight to twelve hours of infusing the Comfrey leaves you will need to strain them out of the oil. This is best accomplished by straining the oil/leaf mixture through cheese cloth,  a neckerchief, or a piece of thin, clean cotton like muslin. Be sure to squeeze all of the oil out of the Comfrey leaves and label your Comfrey Oil. It is best stored in a cool dark place.

What are the Comfrey Leaf Benefits?

Comfrey leaves and roots have been used for centuries for heal bruises, bones and contusions. While it is thought, by the medical community, that ingesting Comfrey leaves in the form of Comfrey tea can have detrimental affects on  your liver, using it in a topical application has been shown time and again to really work to speed  up the healing process.

The University of Maryland describes Comfrey:

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones. Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. Comfrey ointments have been used to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis.

Around here we like to either use Comfrey leaves crumbled, rubbed a bit and then put in a clean sock. Next we apply boiling water to the sock, you can dip it into a cup with boiling water in it, and once the sock has cooled to warm (do not apply the boiling hot sock to your skin it will hurt and could burn  you) apply the sock/Comfrey leaf poultice to your injured area and then use an ace bandage to hold it in place.

This works as a carpel tunnel natural remedy, it works for tennis elbow, or runners knee, shin splints or even back pain.

If you use this in addition to the Comfrey oil you should notice significant relief fairly quickly. A trick for applying essential oils – put it on the soles of your feet at night with socks to protect your bedding, by morning you will find that the medicinal properties of what ever you put on  your feet have traveled to where the ingredients were needed most!

The next time  you have a cold, instead of applying the herbal ointment to your chest, put it on your feet and see if it doesn’t blow you away by how well this works.

If  you don’t want to make  your own comfrey oil  you can buy it here and if you’d like to grow Comfrey and make your own oil, check out these deals on Comfrey seeds. Comfrey grows like a weed – a very special weed indeed.

 

 

 

 

Living The Homestead Life Becoming Self Sufficient Is a Process

Reflecting back I’ve come to realize that living the homestead life is a process of becoming self sufficient.

living the homestead life

When I first started this journey, I had no idea goats had no upper teeth, how to make bread from scratch, whether you needed a rooster to get chicken eggs, how to incubate and raise baby chicks, or how to do so many things that I have learned over the last seven years.

My father in law bought me a copy of Carla Emery’s book, The Encyclopedia of Country Living years ago. At the back of the book is a test – a sort of living the homesteading life have you become self sufficient yet test. Looking at the test now, I know how to do everything she has listed, this wasn’t the case when I first got the book though.living the homestead life

Much like gardening, becoming self sufficient is a process of adding to the knowledge you are gleaning, making adaptations, talking to old timers and finding out what works for you.

There are many people who live in urban settings. Urban homesteads are becoming popular. Gone are the days when you needed acres of land to produce enough food for your family. Many are doing it with a normal quarter to third acre lot in the middle of big cities. Some even homestead on roof tops!

Once we retire, my husband and I will be homesteading from a 5th wheel. Think it can’t be done? There are so many ways to grow food and a couple chickens don’t take up that much space.

As with everything you do in life, you need to make the decision that homestead life is the lifestyle you wish to lead. Becoming more self sufficient will naturally move you towards a more natural way of life. One of the perks is that you will find you health improves as you eat more homegrown food.

One of the things I love the most about living the homestead life is that  there is always something new to learn, explore, enjoy. There are stories that grow from the journey. It is a good life. So satisfying to know that should everything collapse tomorrow, you will be part of the solution not adding to the problem.

Along the way you meet other like minded individuals who share your passion for different aspects of the country life.

There are a ton of places to find specific information about living the homestead life. If you are just beginning your journey, even if you are living in the city, I highly recommend that you get a copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, a hard copy, so that you have a solid reference book should you be without power.

Pick one thing at a time to focus on. I started with chickens. They are easy to raise, don’t take much in terms of shelter and they produce eggs (and meat if you aren’t too squeamish). With all of the messing going on with the food supply, I feel much more comfortable “knowing” the meat I eat.

As you get comfortable with your first accomplishment, move on to another self sufficient living skill and conquer it. Before you know it, you will be living the homestead life too.

Come join us over on Facebook follow along on our living the homestead life adventures.

Goats Milk Cheese Recipes – How to Make Feta The Easy Way

goats milk cheese recipesIf you have goats you need to have lots of ideas for things to make with goats milk, because in the spring, if you decide to milk  your goats you have lots of extra around.  While I do freeze much of my goats milk, I have come across a couple super simple recipes for making cheeses.

 

The first of the milk cheese recipes I’m going to teach you is how to make a cream cheese:

To make cream cheese – which I like to spice up you will first need to make yogurt out of your goats milk. (or you can buy plain Greek yogurt and make it from there).

How to make yogurt from goat’s milk:

 

  • 1/2 gal milk
  • 2- 3 tbs fresh plain yogurt

Heat up to 110 degrees then pour over yogurt, set 1/2 gal jar on top fridge for 12 hours

I’m pretty sure he went and found that lid pretty quickly, you never want to leave your yogurt exposed like that because you will end up with not very friendly bacteria quickly.

Now to make the cheese spread, also known as Labne, this is what you will do:


You can also use Italian herbs instead of garlic and mint. You don’t have to use the olive oil. It goes really great with zucchini or yellow squash chips (dehydrated zuchinni sliced into chips).

Now for the Feta cheese recipe:

Ingredients:

1 gallon of whole milk – Pasteurized NOT ultra pasteurized
Warm milk to 80 degrees
2 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon 30% calcium chloride solution dissolved in 2 Tablespoon of water (if you are using raw goats milk you don’t need this)
1/8 teaspoon mild lipase powder dissolved in 2 Tablespoon of water
1/8 teaspoon Mesophilic A culture
30 drops of vegetable rennet dissolved into 1/4 cup of water

I use raw goat’s milk, salt, yogurt, lipase powder and junket tablets (you can get them in the grocery store) 1/2 tablet per gallon of milk.

For a cheese press I have a #10 can that I took the top and bottom off of, a bowl, cheese cloth (muslin, not the cheese cloth that you get from the grocery store) and a weight, which for me is sometimes a mason jar filled with water.

home made cheese pressYou would take out the lid piece put your cheese cloth down inside so that the edges go out over the top, then put in  your curds, fold the cloth back over the curds then put the “follower/top” back on and put your weights on that. If you use a shallow bowl like this one you need to hang around and every little go dump out the whey/water that will collect in the bowl.

Before you get ready to press your curds you can also add in dried tomatoes, and/or Italian seasonings or basil. You can always leave it plain, but in my world view, spice is the zest of life!

Simple Farm Style Monterrey Jack with Peppers

  • 3 gallons of milk (I like mine raw)
  • 2 tablets of junket (you can find these in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
  • 1/2 pint of buttermilk
  • salt
  • dried peppers

Heat your milk and buttermilk up to 90 degrees slowly (well as slowly as your temperament will allow). Let this sit and mellow for a couple hours.

Next step is to add the junket tablets to water (non chlorinated works best) about 1/4 cup just to dissolve the tablets before adding to the milk. After they dissolve add the mixture to the milk and stir for about a minute to make sure the rennet gets well distributed.

After an hour or so (or even over night) your curds should be separated. Cut them into cubes in the pot. Using a long knife make a checker board pattern all the way down the curds, then start cutting through the curds at an angle all around the pot. The object is to have lots of one inch pieces of curds.

Now that  you have the curds cut, heat the curds and whey back up to 100 degrees slowly, stirring the curds gently.

Let them sit for another hour.

The next step is to strain the curds into cheese cloth (muslin) lined in a colander mix in your salt and peppers to taste. I use about 3 tbs salt and peppers for this recipe.

Ladle  your curds into a press and press under as much pressure as you can for eight to twelve hours. I use hand weights with my presses, but you can use water in jugs, put a can on the follower (that piece that goes on top of the cheese cloth – I use the end of the #10 can) then put a plate or board over that and add your weights.  The harder you press your cheese the firmer it will be.

milk cheese recipes cheese pressOf course you could always buy a real cheese press and then  you wouldn’t have to be jury rigging stuff LOL

Once it is pressed, cut it into the size of pieces your family will use within a couple days (this doesn’t hold very well and will mold). Rub salt on the exposed parts, wrap in paper towels and then put in a plastic bag that you suck the air out of with a straw before completely sealing.

Freeze these. Let them defrost at room temperature before using.

NOTE:

Don’t throw your whey away!! Use it to make Whey good bread or pizza dough by substituting the whey instead of water in  your recipe. You can freeze it in plastic ziplock bags for use when you are ready to make your bread or pizza dough.

Make cheese, it’s easy and fun and there is something about eating and serving homemade cheese that makes it special, because you know where it came from and what went into it.

 When I first started making cheese this is the kit I used to “get my feet wet”. Simple recipe/directions are included and everything (except the milk) you need to make mozzarella and ricotta cheese. cheese making kitNow if you are wanting to use up your goat’s milk because you have so much of it you don’t know what to do with, perhaps you might want to start with this kit that has the ingredients you need to make goats milk cheese.

cheese making kit

Make Goat Milk Soap For Gifts

What says I’m thinking of you more than a homemade gift?

HartNana’s Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe is so easy and so forgiving that even a novice can have terrific results – of course HartNana will be there with you to help you out if you have problems or questions.

homemade goat milk soap basketIf you are wanting to give homemade soap as a Christmas gift now is the time to be making it. This recipe only needs about three weeks to cure.

We also have a super simple recipe for Goat’s Milk Lotion – Make it the same day you plan to ship it, as there is no lead time necessary (that’s a plus for last minute gifts right?)

You can always make the lotion and put it in a cute container and don’t forget to use your imagination for wrapping your soap! Gift baskets are popular and easy to put together too.

All it takes is a basket, some cellophane wrap (you can get at the dollar store), some tissue paper, your soap, a container of lotion, and maybe a loofa sponge, a candle and a relaxing CD. Put it all in your basket after arranging the tissue paper, then wrap the whole thing in cellophane wrap and add a big bow.

Here is a video to give  you an idea about how to put it all together.

There you go super simple, super personal.

Or you could always order it already made through our store.

Spider Goats In Cache Valley

spider goats

I almost could not believe there was such a thing as spider goats when the gals over at the University of Idaho extension office told me about them. That they lived here in Cache Valley and we could go and see them totally blew me away.

 

What are spider goats? They are genetically modified goats. Scientists have spliced into the normal goat DNA a gene for producing orb spider silk.  So now when these goats are milked the silk protein can be isolated and spun into silk.

 Science Nation Explains Spider Goats

According to the students who manage the spider goats, and do the milking, the average amount of silk gleaned from one liter of milk is three milliliters of silk.

Apparently spider silk is some of the strongest natural fibers around. Which makes sense, do you remember the last time you got “stuck” in a web?

The program has some spider goats that are cloned and some that are bred naturally. spider goatsThe results are that about half of the naturally bred goats end  up with the spider silk gene, while, of course, 100% of the cloned goats do. There are a variety of goats used as surrogates to carry the cloned goats, though Saneens are the goat breed chosen for the spider goat project here in the valley, though the project, when it was started in Canada used Spanish Goats. Apparently they are really good mothers.

I’m not sure how I feel about all of this splicing and cloning going on. From a scientific point of view I find it fascinating. You’ve got to ask yourself, who sits around thinking, hmm why don’t we just make silk out of goat’s milk, right?

Even more strange perhaps is that the Biological Engineers (yes, they are really called that) have found a strain of e coli that they use to produce silk! The grow the bacteria then rupture it and capture the tumor that is the silk!

I was talking with this young woman from 4H who is heading off to Utah State this year and her plans are to become a Biological Engineer.  She has been over to the silk labs quite often this summer and full of really interesting information on the uses of this silk.

For starters the reason they want spider silk instead of silk worm silk is that it is about 500 times stronger.  Silk worms give off their silk by way of cocooning. It takes a whole lot of silk worms, mulberry leaves and people with cast iron stomachs to produce silk that way. Once when I was younger, and lived in Japan, we went on a field trip to a silk factory – the smell haunts me to this day.

Think

Paper plant?

Rotten cabbage?

Truly it is gross.

There are many uses for this silk as it is stronger than Kevlar it has military applications. It is also a great tool in the medical field. One of the ideas is to splice in good, natural antibiotic DNA into the silk production and use the silk for sutures.

As a person who like the more natural things in life, the idea that we take food and make it something else and then take chemicals and call it food kind of bothers me.

What do you think about all of this?

4H Making Goats Milk Lotion With The Girls

What a great experience we had last night making goat milk lotion with the 4H gals here in town.  Such a fun group of young girls who love and adore goats and making stuff out of goats milk.

We haven’t had any goat stuff going on at the Franklin Country Fair in many  years (maybe never) because Cache Valley is primarily a Dairy Producing community.  I used to wonder about the production of milk and cheese then I moved here. Wow, there are dairies every where!
Cache Valley Dairy

When I first got my goats, Marsha and Fadra, I didn’t know that much about goats or anyone who actually had goats.  I relied heavily on the internet to answer all of my questions, especially when it came time for the babies to be born. Man, I was a wreck. Not only had I not had that much experience with birth in general, well except for having my own five children, but I really didn’t know that much about goats!
I remember going out to the billy grace and josiegoat shed in the wee hours of the morning in March (a day or so before Easter that year), it was cool and damp out, but not incredible cold as it has been some years when goat birthing happened. Seeing the 3 babies, Faith, Grace and Billy; it was the most wonder gift I had ever experienced. Brings tears to my eyes just remembering that morning, it was magical.  Fadra actually had 4 babies that night, one of them was born dead. That was my first experience with goats and birthing.
Fadra went on to have problems often giving birth, I think because she usually had 3 or 4 babies at a time. Over the years I have learned to deal with her quirky birthing process. She died last year. It was a pretty sad day for me.
We are going to go see spider goats in a couple weeks! Apparently the University has injected some goats with spider DNA so that they can spin silk from the goat milk.  We will have more details once we investigate and will be sharing the whole experience with you! Until then enjoy your goat’s milk soap making experiences this summer while there is an abundance of goat’s milk to be had, everywhere, it seems to me.

Goat Milk Lotion Microbial Test Kit

Several people have asked about testing Goat Milk Lotion to make sure that it is safe so I thought I’d address the requirements according to the FDA and give you all some options to ensure the safety of your products. At the end you will find a link to a home version of the microbial test kit for your personal use.

The Federal Drug Administration considers a cosmetic by this definition:

“articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)].  This applies to any product that is used as perfume, lipstick, fingernail polish, skin moisturizers, shampoo, permanent wave solution, hair color solution, tooth paste, deodorants and any other products used in the making of a cosmetic product.While the FDA does not provide testing they do require that you create your products safely and it is your responsibility to ensure that your product is safe for use. Any lab tests would be your responsibility.You are legally responsible for creating safe cosmetics and the only way to be certain that  your lotions that you created from scratch meets these safety requirements is to have them challenge tested by a lab.

A lab challenge test is performed by a trained professional. The cosmetics are tested for adequacy of preservation against microbial contamination which could occur under the reasonably use by a consumer. The product does not have to be sterile, but they must not contain pathogens and the amount of non pathogenic material must be low.
Here are listings for several labs that will perform this test for you.
Adamson Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
Vicky Seto
220 Crouse Street
Corona, CA 92879
USA
phone: (951)-549-9657
fax: (951)-549-9659
info@adamsonlab.com
www.adamsonlab.com
BioScreen Testing Services, Inc.
Angie Inouye
3905 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
phone:  310-214-0043
fax: 310-370-3642
info@bioscreen.com
www.bioscreen.com
Clinical Research Laboratories, Inc.
Shannon Crowder
371 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854
USA
phone: 732-981-1616
fax: 732-981-0520
scrowder@crl-inc.com
www.crl-inc.com
Hill Top Research, Inc.
Charles M. Folk
3225 N. 75th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
USA
phone: 800-785-2693
fax: 480-946-2179
cfolk@hill-top.com
www.hill-top.com

Q Laboratories, Inc
David G. Goins
1400 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45214-1606
phone:  513-471-1300
fax: 513-471-5600
qlabs@fuse.net
www.qlaboratories.com

You can also purchase a microbial test kit if you are wanting to be more confident about the composition of your products.
This home use Microbial test kit will give you a good idea what the bacterial colonies, yeast colonies and fungal colonies are like in any of your goat milk lotion creations.

microbial test kit

Microbial Test Kit Results: Bacteria colonies: 100, 1000, 10’000, 100’000, 1 million, and 10 millions

microbial test kit

Microbial Test Kit Results: Fungi colonies: slight, moderate, and heavy

microbial test kit

Microbial Test Kit Results: Yeast colonies: 100, 1000, 10’000, 100’000, and 1 million

microbial test kit

Having had my goat milk tested by the local agriculture inspector, I have come to realize how crucial it is get your milk cold fast – even milking into sterile jars immersed in ice with salt sprinkled on it. (salt sprinkled on the ice). Bacteria grows fast, especially in warm conditions. Keep this in mind while you are creating your goat milk lotions, getting your lotion cold quickly after you have created it will keep the growth of bacterial, yeast and fungi down to a minimum.  We covered the use of preservatives over in our article: Preservatives in Lotion and Why You Must Use Them

 

 

Soap Cutting Knife With Cool Crinkle Edge

I have an admission to make. I have been coveting a really cool crinkle edged soap cutting knife for a long time. Those wavy ends on bars of home made soap are just so attractive.

For the longest time I thought this little soap cutting knife was going to be outlandishly expensive, I’m not too sure why, but turns out they are fairly cheap! So watch out world, Hart Nana’s Goat Milk Soap isn’t going to have just any old edge it will now have the beautiful, more professional looking wavy edge, now that I have my very own Dezine Black Handled Crinkle Cut Soap Cutting Knife.

Can you just see it now? You are dumping out your fresh made lovely batch of handcrafted soap from its mold, you reach over and instead of the regular straight edged knife or wire that  you have been using, you reach for your very own black handled crinkle cut soap cutting knife. It is fairly light in your hand as you move over toward the pristine soap. You press the crinkled blade against the smooth soap applying an even amount of pressure,the knife slides through the soap like hot steel through butter. Setting your soap up to finish curing you are smugly struck with the thought, I made those professional looking bars of soap and know that any one who receives such a piece of art from you will remark how clever you are.

The amazing Dezine Black Handled Crinkle Cut Soap Cutting Knife could be in your soap making tool kit as soon as tomorrow if you order yours today.

soap cutting knife

  • Heavy gauge aluminum
  • A smooth, easy-to-grasp black handle
  • This stainless steel wave slicer with black handle has a wavy blade for extra special cutting of vegetables and other items
  • Use to trim the edges of hand-made ravioli, make crinkle cut French fries, wave cut vegetables like carrots and zucchini or if you’re got a steady hand, make potato gaufrettes
  • Easy and fun to use

Who knew you could have so much fun for under $10!

Soap Molds – Which One Is For You?

When it comes to making homemade soap, once you get past the actually making the soap phase, you need to have a soap mold to pour your lovely creation into.  The sky is the limit when it come to molding your soap, you just need to follow a few simple rules. NEVER USE ALUMINUM. Okay that was pretty loud. Also, Pringles chip cans don’t work so well either. I know, I’ve tried.

Let’s look at a couple methods of making your own soap molds:

                                                                                  Soap Molds Made Out Of PVC

Yes, you can use PVC pipe to make soap molds.  They make beautiful circular soaps. First you go and purchase the diameter pipe that makes the diameter of the soaps you intend for your finished product. Look at the hole in the center, not the measurement of the pipe.  You will need about a one foot section per mold. Slice the pipe length wise in half, all the way through so you end up with two troughs.  Then you need to purchase end caps and rubber bands (strong rubber bands), Velcro strips might work too. The object is to fashion the two pieces of PVC together with one end cap on it, pour your soap into the mold, put the other cap on, let rest standing up, then when you are ready to un-mold the soap, you simple undo the rubber bands pull on side off, dump the other side out and slice.

 

Here is the PVC pipe concept with cardboard mailer tubes:

For you wood soap mold fans here are a couple videos on how to make a wood soap mold. In the last video he gives a list of the supplies you need to build this mold. Keith also has a nifty little twist he adds at the end so be sure to watch these videos!

Here are a few items available through Amazon that you might find helpful for soap molds or just making soap in general.

And finally:

There is always the stand by cardboard box with wax paper that I talk about frequently, just line them with wax paper and you’re good to go. Catch up with us over on facebook and let us know what you use for soap molds, how your soap making adventures are going and help when things go array.