History of Cande LLC or soapmaking 30 years ago...

Years ago my family and I lived in a farming community. We supplemented our grocery budget with our own chickens, goats, and a vegetable garden. Always searching for a better way of providing for my two boys, I came across an old fashioned recipe for homemade soap on the back of a Red Devil Lye can.

The recipe called for liquid, fat, and lye. The fat came from neighboring farmers and the local butcher. My goats provided plenty of milk for the liquid. The making of soap required several hours of constant stirring to bring it to the proper thickness before pouring it into a make do carton as a soap mold. The resulting soap was a bit harsh and wasn't scented, but it did the job. I grew muscles stirring that soap!

Life went on. School, work, and moving to a goat-free town put my interest in soap making on the back burner for quite a while.