It started about four months ago. I began by reading books, searching you tube video’s and joining soaping groups on facebook. Man, am I a nerd?! I wanted to do it and do it well. I figured since I’ve been growing my own vegetables for two years now I wanted to continue this momentum of being self sustainable. Soap only made sense.
It was John who finally said stop reading about it and do it already! So I took the plunge.
There is so much that can go into making soap; so many calculations, recipes and ideas. I would go to Barnes and Noble and read book after book and it began to get overwhelming. I decided to order a kit that came with 80% of everything you needed to do one 2.5 lb block of cold process soap or cp for those in the know. lol
I ordered this one from Etsy from a business called WorkshopHeritage. Everything was pre measured and as I said it came with 80% of what I needed. I took a couple of weeks perusing thrift stores for the rest of my supplies because why buy something new when you can buy it used.
I created a designated soaping room/area for my soap because you can’t have the dog getting into the lye (sodium hydroxide – makes the bubbles in the soap). Just being in this space makes me happy.
After a couple hours of mixing and a run to the hardware store for more lye it was time to pour into the mold.
24 hours later my soap was ready. Here it is. Patchouli scented soap; in honor of the man who pushed me to do it. lol
I’m already itching for my next batch. I can’t wait!