Soapmaking on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on July 23, 2014 · 3 comments

There are times in life that we do things based on an interest or passion.  Other times, it is out of necessity.  And yet others, start as a matter of necessity and then become a passion.  That is the case with soapmaking here at the Double O Farms.  Our youngest child had terrible environmental allergies, which included all fragrances in cleaners, shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent.  Fabric softener was completely out of the question.  We found many natural alternatives that were ready made and some that we started making ourselves.


Bar soap was something that we just had a hard time finding that did not cause a reaction in him.  I started doing some research and came across wonderful milk based soap recipes.  Now milk was something we did have and something that he did not react to.  We then started experimenting with natural oils and pure essential oils to make soaps that cleaned and smelled great.

The next step in our soap making process was a journey in learning how to pair different ingredients and essential oils so that the soap became an even bigger benefit to our family.  Because of our son’s allergies and also our growing desire to minimize our contact with synthetic chemical blends, we came up with a soap we call Mosquito Run.  It has a blend of citronella and eucalyptus essential oils that act as a natural bug repellent.  When just using this soap for bathing, enough of the essential oil is left on your skin that bugs just have no interest in bothering you.  Our family just loves to brag that in the years that we have kept this soap on hand and in the shower, we have not had to use any other bug repellent product or experienced the pesky and sometimes dangerous bites of these little critters.

Another soap that we are featuring at this time is our facial scrub.  This soap has ground organic oatmeal that helps to really clean those pores and exfoliate them.  The luxurious natural oils then come alongside and moisturize your skin so it is silky soft.

Another wonderful benefit of this milk based soap recipe is that the soap is naturally cured for 3 weeks prior to being available for purchase.  This curing process does reduce some of the lathering, but the benefit is that there is less soap scum residue in your tub or shower.  You wouldn’t just love less time cleaning the bathroom while enjoying more time outside with the family playing and picnicking without the fear of insect bites.

We have not yet added our line of soaps to the shopping page on our site, but you can always contact us for availability or request a specific scent or blend.  Each bar currently retails for $2 and does not include the cost of shipping.

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Carrie Steffen July 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Dear Dawn & Gary,
Is it possible to “order” a bar of soap and have it just delivered with our milk so that we don’t have to pay a shipping charge? If so, would we need to leave cash for you? If so, where would we leave it? (We pick up at the Babik’s home.) We could just put it in a ziploc and rubber band it to one of our bottles. Or, could you just add it to our invoice and I could let James know and have him increase our payment to you. We’d be interested in one of your bug repellant bars. Thank you, Carrie Steffen


Dawn Oaks July 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM


We can certainly leave a bar of our Mosquito Run soap for you with your milk. Please include payment attached to your bottles as we would like to keep these funds separate from other payments since our son is learning about starting his own little business.


Kay August 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I discovered making my own soap about a year ago. We even use it on our hair. I used to use different recipes, one for hair, one for face and one for hand/body. But lately, we are just using one bar for everything! And with this post, you just reminded me that I need to make more! Thanks for sharing!


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