and you're still here?
its a miracle
not a miracle that its my 100th post, Im a jabberbox
but, the fact that you've hung on, so loyal
I love you all, you rock my socks!
so, this post is for you
Ive been getting requests to talk about soapmaking, something I happen to know a little bit about having made literally thousands of bars of soap.
Let me preface this by saying it is NOT a tutorial for soapmaking, it is just a photojournalistic adventure into my process. If you'd like to know how to make soap, please visit the Miller Soap Site or Teach Soap for detailed info about soapmaking.
Still with me?
If so, here's soapmaking, my way!
There are no photos of me because I was behind the camera, but if you could see me, you'd see me in goggles to protect my eyes in case of splashes.
I line my mold.
Then, I measure my oils, both solids and liquids into my mixing bucket and using my stickblender, I blend them all together.
Behind the scenes, in a safe plastic container, I mix my lye crystals into my water. (it gets hot, very hot, like 175*F)
Then, after letting it sit for a few minutes, I add my hot lye water to my oils, they begin to melt and I start to blend again!
My mixture traces and its ready to color and scent before its poured into the mold.
In the second picture, you see Ive added some black jojoba wax beads to my mixture.
This is my swirl mixture, it is made of Dead Sea mud and orange clay.
I add about 10 ounces of soap to the cup and stir to blend.
To the base portion, still in the original mixing bucket, I add my essential oils, in this case its Orange and Patchouli.
Using both my hands and hence, not the camera, I poured the clay/mud soap mixture into the fragranced and uncolored base portion then immediately poured the whole she-bang into the mold.
When it thickened up in the mold, I used the back of a spoon to texture the top.
I just love it when it looks like custard...
Then, it goes into the oven at 170*F for about an hour until it gels.
This part of the process isn't necessary, unless you are me and feel the need to cut soap the same day its made. I must have instant gratification like an 8 year old....I'll blog more about my immaturity and refusal to grow up sometime.
All you psychiatrists out there can have a field day.
Here we are fresh out of the oven!
Then, we wait....I totally hate this part, but Id rather not melt off my fingerprints.
The soap is left to come to room temperature and then I cut it to reveal the pertiness inside.
Its like treasure every time!
Here's the other soap I made the same day. Its a goats milk soap with ground oats and local, organic honey.
Okay, so I can hear you after reading all this mumbo jumbo, "Bring on the GIVEAWAY, woman!!"
Keep your pants on.
The winner of the giveaway will receive one soap bar of each of these batches I made.
The soap needs to sit a week or two before I send it so keep that in mind, please.
All you have to do is comment to this post and answer this question:
What kind of bathing do you prefer...Bath? Shower? Waterfall? Dust bath? Backyard hose?
Or if you don't bathe, tell me that, too.
Although if you win, sending you soap would be unnecessary.
p.s...all my soaps are made with vegetable oils, organic, if possible.
the orange/patchouli soap is made with essential oils and the goats milk soap has a small amount of a honey fragrance oil.
I'll leave the comments open until Friday when I'll randomly pick a winner AND have a new recipe for you all, cuz I luv ya.