There is an English soap made from hemp that I found interesting. It is made like pure Castile soap, that is with olive oil, water and lye, only the olive oil is substituted with hemp oil. The uses of the soap are endless. So far, I have made a dish washing liquid soap and shampoo, as well as the translucent green soft soap. The soap, in its raw state, can even be used as an industrial degreaser or for washing wood, since it does not strip like detergents plus it leaves a sheen of hemp oil. For shampoo, it is fabulous, leaving my hair shiny and soft with none of the chemical ingredients that are in commercial shampoo. I am allergic to panthenol, a B vitamin complex chemical found in most "good" shampoos. Lots of people are and most are irritated by sodium laurel sulphate, but it is the foaming ingredient in most shampoos or anything that foams or bubbles, even toothpaste. It is comforting to know that I made the hemp shampoo from only three ingredients and it performs beautifully to top it off.
The other solid bar I made is from three ingredients as well: lard, water and lye, plus I added a few drops of essential oil for a light soft scent. I created the essential oil blend and bottled it under the name Pretty, because, indeed, it is so pretty; a light citrus vanilla blend that speaks of femininity. The lard soap is surprisingly mild with good soft lather. I bet if I grated it, it would make a passable laundry soap as well and with a little vinegar in the rinse tray, the clothes would be clean and bright. That will have to be another project. Watch for an upcoming tutorial on making these two soaps, coming your way soon.