Bacon Soap 2014


Lard cleaning process
Cleaned Lard
Business Card Hack
Sunshine Soap
Winter Spice
Ready to go!

This is the third year I’ve made soap using our year’s supply of leftover bacon grease (see prior full post on the process here). When you only do a craft once a year, it’s hard to get good at it. I tried a new recipe this year, and the soap came out a bit on the soft side. And I still haven’t mastered the aesthetics of making a bar of soap that has beautiful colors or swirls. I would have to eat a lot more bacon (or start collecting from friends) if I was going to the point of being a practiced soapsmith, which sort-of goes against the point of the whole process.
After six weeks of curing, however, I have employed some of the uglier results for my own home use. I have to say that even if the results aren’t the prettiest, the soap is incredibly moisturizing. I have major problems keeping my hands from cracking in the SoCal dry months, and this is the only soap that I can use frequently without problems.
For gift giving, I worked on upping the visual ante via packaging. Designing the labels for the soap gave me a great excuse to brush up my illustrator/ photoshop skills, and I’m really pleased with the results.

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