Class learns to make earth-friendly soap

Published: Apr. 2, 2009 at 3:41 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 2, 2009 at 4:07 PM HST
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Melody Fanning
Melody Fanning
Jessica Kowal
Jessica Kowal

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Go green this spring by making soap using products found in nature.

Leaves, flowers, and herbs. All found at the botanical gardens and all can go into a great homemade bar of soap.

"There's all kinds of things that you can add to it that are natural, basic botanical degradable," botanical garden volunteer Melody Fanning said. She teaches a soap class to eager participants.

"All things green, I like the idea of using a product that I've made myself that I know has come from natural ingredients versus the lye and detergent in normal soaps," class participant Jessica Kowal said.

Fanning says many store bought soaps cause the skin to dry out so she uses a glycerin based soap that's all natural and hypo-allergenic.

"The glycerin holds the water and the moisture into your body so it's actually softer, smoother, and feels a lot better," Fanning said.

And it looks good too, there are countless ways to personalize soap. "There all natural scents and here's lavender because I know your going to do lavender," Fanning said.

"I want to do a lavender scent and then maybe vanilla or cucumber," Kowal said.

Participants heat the glycerin, pour it in to molds, add the chosen botanicals and you've got a great smelling, great looking soap. It's that simple and fast and great for the environment.