How cold is it? Too cold to do much of anything outside so I decided to make soap. Lots of soap.
I've got some on the curing shelves but I need a lot more. The Mister loves to give it away and with the holidays coming I thought I better be prepared. My fall soap went fast.
The problem with this soap session is that my favorite calculator doesn't work for me anymore. I've always used Brambleberry's which was pretty simple and straight forward but they stopped including lots of the oils that I use in favor of only the ones they sell. The other online calculators are full of mumbo jumbo I don't understand. That's the one I have to use now in the photo. I'd need a chemistry degree to figure it out but I think I muddled through it. At least I hope so. I'll know in 6 weeks.
I spent a lot of time watching people make soap on You Tube while I was at Daughter's so I was inspired to venture out of my comfort zone.
All my little gifting soaps are my same old, same old but I went crazy with this big chunk of a soap I made just for fun. I used the aloe juice instead of water. I think the sugar in it must have heated it up too much because when I went to check on it all my pretty gold dusted swirls had flattened out to an ugly plop. I'll have to cut the top off when I take it out of the mold. Oh, well. I guess you can't win'em all.
I have to confess that I am still obsessed with the grocery store soap. I just bought this bar of lavender yesterday.
I bought the lemongrass last week and that itty bitty sliver is what's left of my first bar. They are a very soft soap and only last about a week with daily use. I like them for my body but I hated them on my face. They make it tight and itchy.
Here is a bar of my clay soap that I started using in the tub weeks before I even thought of buying the other soap. It's still got a lot of life left in it and I show it as much love daily as I do the store bought soaps. I don't know if that longevity is a good thing or a bad thing because I've got a lot of the odds and ends soaps piling up around here.