Monday, May 5, 2008

The Scary Side of Making Soap

Tell me I wouldn't frighten a person in a dark alley!

Yesterday I made my first batch of soap using one of Vicki W's recipes. I was paranoid about using lye - so really took safety seriously; double glasses, double gloves & a face mask. I think it will turn out well....but have to wait two or three weeks to really know. I almost did not buy a good scale, but am very glad I did. I think it would be more than difficult to get correct measurements without it. Plus, now I can weigh things for shipping more accurately. Such a deal! The soap sure looked creamy & nice when I poured it.

I also made a small batch of hand cream - my hands love a thick cream made with beeswax. Creams are pretty easy to make, although I seem to get a separation issue with many recipes that use any amount of water. Ignorance on my part I am certain. I plan to remedy with some more research. I think it has to do with temperature. Next, I'll have to try some lotions. Soap making is something I had been wanting to try for years, but for some reason I thought it was far too complicated. I am so grateful that Vicki shared three of her wonderful soap bars with me so that I could try them. Now,if mine comes out, I'll be on my way. To where & to what I'm not sure - but on my way somewhere with soap - and that's good thing !


Vicki W said...

But it was fun, wasn't it? Congratulations on your first batch of soap! It's very addictive. I created a new recipe last night with hemp butter and almond oil. I can't wait to try it later this week.

Sequana said...

Also thx to some info from Vicki, I'm about to receive some supplies to make my own lip balm. I use it so much, but pay too much for ones I really like.

If you drew a cute pic on that mask, you wouldn't scare people. *S*

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La Tea Dah said...

Well. . .your true sweetness does shine through in the picture. . .even with all the safety garb! How fun to make soap and handcream! I hope you get the results you want! How difficult to wait the weeks it takes for it to cure!


Deb Lacativa said...

I love this picture. You look like a mad scientist!

Suzanne Earley said...

well i think you look cute.

i have some soap from vicki, too, and i need to remember to use it! i don't think i'll ever be interested in making it, though.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I had a pair of glasses exactly like that in fourth grade!!

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