Cooking could also means : making Soaps, since it involves the heat, the mixing, the measuring and the art of loving making recipes…
Well, after one year of having made Sandalo, Baby blue, Patchouli and Lavender handmade soaps, I have decided to make others batches in the coming two months.
First, I gave away most of my handmade soaps because I like to make my friends happy and it makes me happy. But like any artist, I kept some, hidden, in a box, in my closet. The more the soap stays unwrap, stored in the dark, the more riped it will become.
This soap, Lavender, for exemple, was made last October 03, 2007 (yes, last year) and I rebatched that one, meaning that I did one batch, let it sit for two days and cut it up in pieces again to remake it by heating the already made soap. The final product was not at all what I expected, the bars stayed too soft for at least two months.
Now, one year after making this one, I don’t believe the end result. What a marvelous soap to the touch, the smell of lavender is there but not overwellming. Lavender flower buds were added to the last minute. I have about 20 bars left, a marvelous soap, for the woman!
Patchouli soap, my favorite, one that I have barelly 10 bars left and that I will keep for myself. First, the smell of patchouli would disturb any passionnate woman on this earth. I made this soap for myself, with household ingredients like ground coffee, mixed spiced and many drops of Patchouli oil. It was made last November 2007 but the end result was a bit questionable. The soap got very hard right after two days of the making. After having waited 30 days before using it, once the soap got wet, it kind of gave us a glue like texture, leaving a brown trace on the dish soap, and melting in the water. I was very dissapointed, my favorite smell in the whole world… So I did put this soap aside, for a year, and to my surprise, now, I’m using it every day to my delight. It stays as a soap bar by itself, even when it is wet and the smell of patchouli…. man oh man…
My Baby You, was my first soap I made with melted wax crayons, I know but if you come to think about this, wax crayons are made of wax with incredible colors and it is not damagable to the skin.
Heck, read all the ingredients on a commercial soap bar and come back to me please!
This soap was made with baby powder, baby oil and olive oil. This is a great soap for removing make-up and giving the skin this overall young glow. Don’t ask me why, I just make them… I made two big batches of this one and gave away half of it. Right from the start, I could tell this soap would be a success by the smell of it and by the colors. Wow! It was made October, 25, 2007. I have about 10 bars left.
Sandalo, was my last soap I made, just before Christmas time, last year, November 2007. It turned out marvelous. I used Sandalo oil to give it a sweet and soft smell and over one year, it has acquired a very soft feeling and smell. I have about 25 bars of this one, keeping it safe under my clothing in a drawer, for only me to use.
There is no telling in the feeling I get each time I grab one of those bars and smell it. It brings me back directly to the country side of my young; the simplicity of life wraped in a sniff of the moment!
Now, don’t take me wrong here but out of those batches that you see here on my site, I made a tons of others that did not turn out very well and I ended up in cutting them in little pieces and used them all over the house, for added smell and decorations. Making soap is a very personal voyage, one that will lead you wherever you want to go and with whatever ingredients you have on hand that day, for making a batch. Soap making is very simple to do, with a basic knowledge and the internet is a wonderful place to learn by yourself to do it. Don’t be intimidated by the many sites, staying simple is the key ingredient here, nothing else! That been said, I will get back to my notes and start planning a November 2008 batching of making handsoaps! Yes!
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