I make soap using
goat milk and oils and essential oils for scents. When I started, I
used lard (Manteca) because it's pretty reasonable, makes a very
creamy soap that actually lathers well, and overall, gives a pleasing
BUT, HOWEVER, and all that, the more I read and research, the
less I'm inclined to put animal fats into my soaps. Granted, if I were
butchering large numbers of livestock we raised ourselves, I'd be
saving the lard (hog fat) tallow, and suets for my soaps. I know how
it's grown and know exactly what feedstuffs the animals had prior
My comment: Precisely! And even though I may eat vegetarian, I recognize
the use of recycling all waste products, animal or otherwise.
Martha taught us:
Why not do it anyhow? Because 99.9% of the
commercially available animal fats come from CAFO hogs and
feedlot steers. Toxins, antibiotics and other 'residue' are more often
sluffed off into the fat deposits in livestock, or an accumulation
there is less likely to be reasborbed or passed on before slaughter.
You are so right. The animal fats absorb the toxins placed into the
animal. Then we use these fats to make soap (sodium tallowate is a
chemical reaction between animal tallow and sodium hydroxide or lye).
When Ivory says they are 99 44/100 percent pure, I now wonder what the
6/100 percent is. What is impure?
remodeler, drummer, farmer, soapmaker
cutting, banging, sowing and milling!
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