Hello again! I had another crazy outfit on yesterday.
I had it on to clean up the soap side of the upstairs craft room so I could make soap today. I was so excited. I haven't made soap in ages, since May of 2020 actually, thanks to the remodeling mess I've been living in and I LOVE making soap.
The Mister's soap stash is down to a few bars.
Ditto for my preferred unscented, all natural stash. I really, really needed to make soap and I wanted to do it today since football starts at 9:30 and goes all day. I'd have the upstairs all to myself-uninterrupted.
First I had to see if I had enough stuff to make soap. It's been a long time and this stuff has a shelf life. I cleaned off all the shelves and tossed out a lot of old stuff but had enough promising oils to get started.
I had some clays for color. I was going to start with something simple since it's been a long time since I've done this. The soap I'm using now is an old clay soap I made in 2019 and I love it.
All the equipment was in order.....
....so I went so far as to measure out enough hard oils for melting for several batches. I was planning on making a batch a day all week. That would give me plenty of soap.
THEN.... I went to measure out the lye. I like to make a basic recipe and them measure the lye out in little containers so I don't have to fool with it. I hate measuring out lye. Of course, this is when disaster struck. I had a brand new container of it. It was still in the sealed Amazon box it came in. I had ordered it in August of 2021. When I gave it a shake it looked fine in the bottom but when I took the top off, the pour spout was completely sealed with a giant lye dam. I wasn't fooling with that so I wrapped the whole thing up securely and put it in the trash. I was so disappointed. I ordered more lye but it won't be here until Wednesday and we start the molding and trim adventure on the stairs on Monday. Sigh......
The worst part is that I share this space with my sewing stuff and now that side is a cluttered disaster since I had to cram it all out of the way of the messy soap stuff. What a buzzkill.....I guess I'll try again next weekend.