I was cruising soap making videos on Youtube (as you do) and I saw one about whipped soaps… and how they float.
Evan4 and I thought that maybe the lavender soap might do this as it has a frothy layer on the top, so we cut a sliver off the end of one of the bars and investigated.
See how the middle still hasn’t quite dried out yet? I added a lot of water when I was rebatching.
Look! It floats! Imagine how handy that would be when you’re bathing kids.
We then tested it for lathering properties:
Works a treat. Smells really good too.
Then we threw it back in the sink to watch it float some more.
There’s one of my hand knitted dishcloths at the side. Just call me Caroline Ingalls the second.
I was taking these photos for the blog, then we started to make dinner. It suddenly occurred to me that maybe I was about to make a huge fool of myself. What if ALL soaps floated? I’d have commenters telling me I was an idiot, which would be very demoralising. So Evan4 and I went into the bathroom, where we have some oatmeal/olive oil and some beeswax and honey soap, and we filled the basin. At the last minute Evan4 unearthed the last bar of supermarket soap that we have. We threw them in.
They sank like stones. I suppose that mean I’m a genius.
(When I redid the bathroom 4 years ago I took out the bath to make room for a second toilet. We’re a shower family, so that’s why I don’t know about sinkable soaps. Please don’t judge me…)
Incidentally, I’m now at the stage of trying out the soaps I’ve made so far. I’m liking all of them, with the ones in the above photo probably being my favourites. (Not the detergent-laden chemical-ridden supermarket soap… the other ones!) The poppy seeds in the second batch I made feel really good to shower with; like getting a back scratch all over.
My hands are not getting dry and flaky and the dogs’ coats are silkier. Even my children are getting slightly better looking as they use the soap on their faces.
(Well, ok… the last one is a lie. Nothing could make those trolls look better. I blame the genes on their father’s side.)
Today I want to make another batch, using some colours and different essential oils. I’m still a little scared of the goats milk and the emu oil I bought, so I’ll leave them be for a while longer.
I just love holidays!