This is a batch of Goats Milk and Lavender soap that I made yesterday. I decided to include some dried lavender buds from the garden as well. I wish you could smell them….. divine!!
Then I still had the soap-making mojo happening, so I made a double batch of Goats Milk and Rose soap.
These are scented and coloured with rose but have no petals. They’re cut in rustic slabs and also smell beautiful. They’ll be ready in 4 weeks or so.
I know people have been asking when I’ll be putting my soap in my Etsy shop, but the fact is that I can’t. Well, of course I can, but I’ve decided not to. In Australia the government makes you pay $400 if you want to sell your soap, because they class soap making as a cosmetic. Now I can see that $400 is cheap to set up a business if that’s going to be your main source of income, but I don’t want to spend my weekends manning a market stall. My housework rarely gets done well enough now, let alone if I was gone all weekend! Covering the $400 cost before even starting to pay for materials and time etc is prohibitive. At, say, $4 a bar that’s 100 bars of soap I’d have to sell just to keep the government happy before I even started chipping away at the costs of the materials. (At $3 a bar that’s 133 I’d have to sell. It’s not practical to do it.) As it is, my family and friends are keeping me busy with orders… some bartering and some with donations towards the oils and scents, so it’s all good. If you’re desperate to get your hands on some of my soap, I suppose you could send me an email and we could work something out.
I think tonight I might make some Goats Milk and Spearmint soap. I’ve been using the Spearmint balls of soap I made in January in the shower and the spearmint scent first thing in the morning is a lovely thing to wake up to. But then again, I have to drive to Doncaster with David2 for his piano lesson, so I might not have enough time this weekend. *sigh*
* And just for the puzzled people yesterday who didn’t listen to their English teachers during poetry classes: Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds exactly what it is describing eg: rustle, crackle, snap, ephemeral.*