Lavender soap. I’m very pleased with it.
This was the result of another experiment with rebatching. Remember the Rustic green balls of soap? I still had half of the original batch of soap left, plus a lot of Christmas present essential oils. It was time to play.
I grated the soap like before and added it to the crockpot, but this time I added more water.
It glugged up. So I added more water. And more water. Then I lost patience and filled the crockpot with water and blended it, adding some colour and lavender essential oil at the end.
I’m telling you, this was one liquid mix. I was pretty sure I’d mucked it up, but I poured it into the moulds anyway.
Remember the chunks of plain soap I warned David2 not to eat? I dropped them into the mould after pouring, then I sprinkled the green spearmint leftovers from the Rustic Balls of Soap over the top, hoping they’d sink. Then I left the mix in the mould for 3 days.
It took that long for the middle to be hard enough for me to take it out from the moulds. I finally found a site that told me how much essential oil to use per kg of soap batch, so 3 weeks after I made this soap, the smell is still divine. (My lemongrass and green tea soap is now just green tea, and the spearmint scent in the soap balls is now very subtle. You live and learn!)
There’s a foamy layer on the top of these bars of soap, with the colours mingled throughout. I’m very happy with how these have turned out. They’ll be ready for use (and sale, I guess) in a couple of weeks.
I’ve tried the olive oil and oatmeal soap (just love it) and I’m especially fond of the beeswax and honey soap.
One thing that happened when I was at Inverloch. I forgot to pack my moisturiser. I washed my face with the palm oil and poppy seed soap, then realised what I’d forgotten. You know how your skin normally feels tight and almost itchy if you forget to put on moisturiser? Well, I didn’t have that happen. I totally forgot about it until 5PM that day, when I realised that my skin had felt fine all day. It wasn’t something that I intentionally set out to prove, but I guess it’s true that the home-made soap DOES nourish the skin because the glycerine is left in! It’s not something I’m intending to live my life by…. I’ll still use moisturiser to keep my appearance youthful and dewy…. but I was amazed at how my skin felt after using just the pure vegetable soap for a day.
NowI move onto my next experiment:
I really like the sound of goat milk and honey soap.