Soap


The picture of What am I is of felted soap balls.  Soap that have their very own wash rags attached.  They are so soft and wonderful feeling — great to have in a guest bathroom.  They were fun to make and my hands were squeeky clean.

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 AND using the Random.Org generator post number 4 – Suzan — is the winner for the Pinkie Injury post.  Suzan also correctly guessed the inside of the felted bars were soap!

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Your soap will be on its way soon.

How important is a pinkie finger?  I mean after all — it only a pinkie finger: smaller than the rest, not as strong, kind of lazy I guess.  Well, let me tell you that a pinkie is very important and how would I know you ask?  Well, I have a pinkie injury and found out first hand that a pinkie finger actually is an underappreciated digit.  I’ve learned that she may be small, but she is mighty or should I say was mighty.

Here’s she is without her splint.  She actually is looking so much better today.  She’s trying to heal herself up quickly because she knows how much I love her and appreciate her now. 

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Have you ever done something stupid or just plain silly and injured yourself?  Post your injury and how it happened, and you may be the lucky winner of a homemade bar of soap (I get to pick for you)!  Winner will be posted on Sunday, August 1.

And, my injury happened in the kitchen.  No, I wasn’t making soap.  No, I wasn’t even cooking a grand dinner.  What was I doing you ask?  Well, I was simply opening a cabinet when my pinkie snuck behind the door knob on the cabinet and when I went to close the cabinet, turn around and get ice, my body went one way, but my pinkie stayed with the cabinet!  Ouch….

Thought you might enjoy pictures of my latest soaps.  These big bars are $5 if purchased individually or $4.50 if purchased in lots of 3 so why not pick 3 and save 50 cents a bar!  Are you out of state?  No problem, I can ship several bars in a priority flat rate box for only $4.95.  Are you out of the country?  E-mail me and I will let you know the shipping costs.

Country Kitchen – This is a great kitchen bar to help rid onion/garlic odors from hands.  Good body bar too if you can talk your spouse into washing you back with it!  (Enjoy the aroma of rich creamy vanilla with a touch of fresh ground cinnamon sticks.  Real Oatmeal added. 

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Shea Butter Supreme:   (available scented and natural)  I love this bar for my face and hair.  Yep, I rarely use the store bought detergents available for any part of me.

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And, my newest bar of Lavender/Mint!  Oh, the scents of lavender and mint in this bar is intoxicating.  The top of the bar is lavender and the bottom is mint.

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In researching soap for a long time and worrying about using the dreaded ‘lye’ I found a funny saying that says:

“No Lye, No Soap, No Lie”

And, it is true.  You cannot have soap without lye.  Apparently, even the melt and pour soaps have lye — it’s just that the lye part has already been done for you so you don’t have to worry with it.

Actually, if you follow proper safety precautions, making soap with lye is no more dangerous than frying chicken or cutting a bagel in two (long known as one of the top emergency room visits!).  I found it therapeutic in deciding what qualities I wanted in my soap.  Besides, it was also a fun and enjoyable process.  I have only made soap using the cold process (which doesn’t mean that it is made without heat — just without any additional heat like from a crockpot or oven).  There is a waiting time before the soap has hardened enough before actually using it with the cold process.  Although, from what I’ve learned so far, two weeks is the least amount to wait and four weeks is what most recommend.  I’ve decided to wait two weeks before testing out the first bar.  I’m going to also try out the crockpot (hot process) method too.  Apparently, you can use the soap as soon as it has hardened in the mold.  However, I have read that waiting a few weeks even makes hot process soaps better. 

I love the creaminess of the soap.  I hope you can see that the soap is nearly white and delicate looking.  I used coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter and just a smidgen of a scent called neroli oil (from an orange blossom grown in Tunisia).  The smell is incredibly light and calming. It is also believed that neroli oil helps those with hormonal changes during menopause and PMS.  Now that’s a scent that I think all women should know about!

Prep work: (Note:  eye safety (wear goggles), long gloves, and I decided to also wear a mask to help avoid the fumes when the lye is mixed into the water).

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This is where I measured out all of the oils and butters.  Newspaper protected my surfaces and made cleanup easy.

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Mixing the oils and water/lye mixture:  (Note:  gloves and long sleeves worn — SAFETY first!)

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Unveiling the mold after 36 hours.  I used a quart sized half ‘n half milk cartoon.  The smell is wonderful. (NOTE:  I put my gloves back on to unmold and to test the ph level.  Safety again.)

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Time to test the PH level, which was great!  (should be anywhere from 7 to 10)  Mine is between 8 and 9 and will continue to improve during the drying period.

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Time to remove gloves and cut into bars.  The bars feel incredible in my hands even at this stage.

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Here they are drying on a rack so that bottom and tops dry evenly. 

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Now the hardest part — waiting to lather up!

Don’t forget to get in some creative time today!