Folks, I have a confession… wait, let me do this properly…
Hello, My name is Sherry, and I am an Addict!! I admit that I have become a raging Soapaholic!
It happened innocently enough. I started out making melt and pour soap, tweaking it with botanicals, fragrance or essential oils and colouring it fun funky ways, but that wasn’t enough for me… I still wanted to make soap the “old fashioned way”, by mixing oils with lye to make real honest to goodness cold processed soap.
So, I bought olive oil, palm oil, shea butter and lye. I’ve got the pot, I’ve got the scale, I’ve got my recipe, I’m ready! I don my safety equipment, but I’m terrified of the lye… yes, I watched Fight Club… but I dive in anyway if I’m gonna do this. I mixed the lye, I mixed the oils, I mixed them together and started stirring… and stirring… and stirring some more. Finally after about 3 hours of stirring I figure, that’s gotta be enough. So, I pour it in the mold and insulate it. I’m impatient, and sneak peeks… is it soap yet. Nope. So ok, I’ll leave it alone over night and check it in the morning, by then it should have gone through the gel stage and become soap. I look the next morning and…. AAAAAaaaaaahhhh, it didn’t work. What could I have done wrong? I figured it out that I hadn’t stirred it long enough. So I re-batched it and yes, this time it is soap!!! But THREE HOURS OF STIRRING wasn’t enough. So I became an occasional soaper. I continued making the melt and pour, but I’d make my olive oil cold process soap now and then when I had ran out of the previous batch.
Well, in January it all changed. You may have read my post Squeeee! I got a stick blender!! Well, that was the one piece of equipment that changed everything. This thing has me all consumed with soap making to the point that I’m probably going to stop making the melt and pour soap altogether!
You see, it’s really not my fault, it’s the stick blenders fault, because now I can make a batch of soap, from the second I put on my gloves and safety glasses, to placing the filled mold in the freezer and walking back upstairs in under an hour!!! Did you hear me? I said all that in UNDER AN HOUR!!!
Before, it was a batch every now and then. Now I’m doing multiple batches in a day!!! And it gets worse (or better depending on how you look at it) I’ve got wonderful new colours to play with, and I’m making cutesie soaps like cupcakes. I’ve become obsessed!! I lay in bed at night thinking what kind of soap to make next. What scent and how to colour it. What other recipes can I come up with… Oh the humanity!!!
Here are a few pictures to show you how far I’ve sunk into this Cold Processed Soap making.
These Cupcake Soaps were made on Friday. We had a terrible snow storm, so I came home and since there’s nothing good on TV anymore, I tried my hand at making these.
Vanilla Cupcake Soap
These are my first attempt, and you can be sure I’ll be doing more… and more… and yet even more!! They will be ready for sale around March 23rd.
Then Sunday I made this.
Lavender in the mold
Lavender on the curing rack
Luckily for me this entire log of Lavender CP Soap is already sold as soon as it has cured. I have a couple in town who love my soap so much that they buy it a whole log at a time.
I also made my favorite fragrance Rose Geranium.
Rose Geranium in the mold
I coloured it with swirls of pink and green then sprinkled a little gold dust on the top.
Rose Geranium cut end
It was a little too soft to cut, but I couldn’t wait any more to have a peek inside.
Rose Geranium close-up
I’ll finish cutting this log tonight and it will be ready for sale around March 24th.
So there, I’ve fessed up, I am a Soapaholic and I LOVE IT!!! Beware, I Will Soap Again… don’t try and stop me, I don’t need an intervention, and I can promise that this obsession will get worse