Happiness is Handmade
For many years, I wanted to try soap making. I was discouraged by naysayers who talked about how dangerous and hard it is......There was talk about the danger of using Sodium Hydroxide and how precise recipes have to be for it to turn out right. So, I set aside my desire to try.....until last year. After watching a couple of tutorials on UTube, I was ready to give it a try.
As a newbie, I had no idea I was making Castile soap....a very gentle, all olive oil soap that takes about a year to cure enough to use. The tutorial never mentioned that! I thought the soap was a flop because I started using it 6 weeks after it was made and it was mushy and had very little lather.
Recently, I joined a soap making page on FaceBook and it has been one of the best things I've ever done. Like gardeners, soap makers are open and so helpful and encouraging.
Over the past week, I've made two different batches that will be ready for us by the middle of December.
Poppy seed soap is an exfoliating bar with a great lather and sweet scent with refreshing overtones of Orange and Peppermint.
|After pouring soap into molds, it is wrapped in towels and a blanket for at least 24 hours so that it will cool down slowly during the saponification process where chemical reaction turns the mixture to soap.|
Oatmeal soap is my brothers favorite so, I made it and am happy with the way it came out. Oatmeal is great for irritated or itchy skin. The scent is a mixture of floral scents.
There you have it! While I'm garden dreaming, I'm making soap.....oh, and sugar scrubs and lip balm and lotions and creams but, I don't have any to take pictures of right now.
What are you doing with your spare time?
Happy Gardening to those who can still dig in the dirt......and happy garden dreaming to the rest of us!