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Halstead Women Hooked On Soap-Making

Posted 2/23/2017

ANNE Roach left, and Megan Evans, pose in front of soap curing in Roach’s basement.ANNE Roach left, and Megan Evans, pose in front of soap curing in Roach’s basement.By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—Several local ladies have developed a unique hobby—soap-making.

In the past year, Anne Roach, Megan Evans and Brenda Radke have been making and selling homemade soap under the name Cedar Creek Soap.

“I got hooked, then got Megan hooked. We have been making product for about a year,” Roach said.

Roach and Evans use a variety of oils, coconut, palm, castor, olive, plus water, lye and essential oils for different fragrances. They use natural plants and even spices to make different colors for use the in the soaps.

There are several different methods to make bar soap. The old fashioned way is the hot process. Think of your Grandmother making lye soap, stirring ingredients over a flame or heat source. Roach and Evans use a cold process.

“I do ‘room temperature’ soap,” Roach said. “The lye water gets to over 160 degrees. When I pour it over the hard oils it melts them.”

Liquid oils, essential oils, and coloring is added to the mixture to make the different varieties of soap. When the mixture is the consistency of pudding, it is poured into a mold.

The homemade wooden molds are lined with freezer paper. The molds are wrapped in towels or heavy blankets. Once they have set up for 24 hours, the soap is pulled out of the molds. It is then cut into bars. It takes six weeks for the soap to cure.

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