Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fun times

I've found yet another thing that I really like to do....
Soap making!

I have made 2 batches of goat milk soap in the past few days. An English Rose and Honeysuckle scent. They are both beautiful soaps! While making them I was really longing for summer. I love the summer air when it is heavy with flower scents. It is safe to say that I like playing around with making soap. Right now I am doing a melt and pour bar but once I am comfortable with learning how to do a cold process bar, I will be moving on to that. I find that the whole "lye" thing is a bit scary right now. I know that if I am careful, all will be fine. It's just getting to that comfort level. I also need a place in which to make it without being in the kitchen. I don't want the chance of lye getting on anything that could hurt my family. Looks like the basement is the only place for that but right now I have a lot of work in front of me before that happens.

I also found on the web site that I order my supplies from there is a this thing called "rebatch" soap making. Interesting..... I may look into that as well. It is made from cold process soap but I don't have to worry about lye. Hmmm, may be a possibility. Unlike the melt and pour bar that only takes a little time before I can use it, the rebatch requires 3 to 5 days to cure. The cold process takes 4 to 6 weeks before it can be cut and used.

I also tried my hand at making lip balm yesterday. That is also a pretty cool little project. I made 13 little slidey tins of root beer flavor lip balm. I kept one for myself and I have to say that I like it. Not waxy, goes on smooth. I think I need to add just a tad more root beer flavor oil the next time though. I just ordered more supplies to make some more. I have a passionfruit rose flavor to do next time!

I keep finding more and more things I like to do. The challenging thing for me is to find the time to do all that I like to do!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize making soap took so long! I love it though.

    It sounds like you're having fun experimenting too!