Guess what I did today?
Yep, played with lye! I like my stylish safety glasses. I was making soap again. I also made two pounds last Saturday with my beekeeping mentor and soap-guru, Pierre.
This is Saturday's batch. The bars on the left are "five-fold orange" scented (very orangey; it's an essential oil) and the other is a "white citrus floral" fragrance blend, with calendula petals mixed in.
I made a bit of a boo-boo with this batch. I didn't read the label carefully enough in the grocery store and bought an olive oil/canola oil blend instead of straight olive. Pierre helped me adjust the recipe to account for the canola. These soaps are a little softer than pure olive oil soap would have been, but they should be fine. I will let them cure for a month and hope they harden a bit more, but if not, they'll still be okay to use.
Today I embarked on my first solo soap-making venture. I was a bit nervous doing it without Pierre at my elbow! I did make one emergency support call to his iPhone:
"Pierre, the freezer paper you line the molds with.... shiny side in or out??!!"
Everything seemed to work out fine. I'll know for sure tomorrow when I unmold the soap. Today I made peppermint soap with vanilla specks for exfoliation, and anise soap. Can't wait to try beer soap for the menfolk!
I am totally hooked on this and am dying to make more. I ordered more essential and fragrance oils today and will soon have more soap than I know what to do with. I guess I will have to start selling it, once I feel confident it's not going to strip off anyone's epidermis.
Or I guess I could just shower four times a day...