I took a break. Well, I took a break from the manufacturing portion of the program. I wanted to think awhile about soap and where I was and wanted to be in the process.
I love making soap. I have been a soap maker for several years now and I am surprised by that as I tend to wander in interests. Soap never gets boring, though. There are so many things to consider with each batch; oils, fragrance, texture and even if you think you have it figured out you never know how each batch will turn out. There is planning with each batch and you have to think ahead as cold-process soap takes 4 to 6 weeks to cure. So, if you are thinking of making cold-process soap for Valentine’s Day you are already behind using the basic cold-process method!
My soap adventures have led me to the most beautiful ends and have also led me to hilarious and horrifying moments such a lava flow of a carrot buttermilk soap that was consigned to the trash (I WILL make that again one day!). I have learned much and there is much to learn.
As for my break, all the above has made me think ahead to the upcoming farm season. Besides my sales of “extra” soap on Etsy at SeasonSoaps https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeasonSoaps?ref=search_shop_redirect, I make soap for a lovely pick your own farm in Gibsonville, NC, called Blueberry Thrill Farm http://www.blueberrythrill.com/.
Using the lavender and herbs from their farm, I create soap that can be purchased at their farm store during the pick your own season. I love the original soap I created for them known as Langhorne Lavender but wanted to offer a wider range this year. Today, I started my vision of soaps with the lavender theme. The first soap is made with Brambleberry’s Sweet Meyer Lemon essential oil. This one is named Lavender Lemonade and I will be cutting it in a few days. It smells amazing!
The below picture of my blueberry soap is one of those moments where the essential oil used totally changed the look and texture of the soap. I was on a roll at this point, having lightly traced the initial oils and was preparing to pour the oil into two batches. I added the blueberry essential oil and watched as it changed the traced oils to a yellow and accelerated the trace! I quickly added a white oxide to one half which made it a creamy color (I wanted white) and then scrambled a bit on the other as yellow (traced oil) and blue oxide will NOT make blue! I worked with a burgundy and a blue pigment and the resulting THICK trace looks like a blueberry cobbler color. I also had some trouble with what I hoped to accomplish in the pour as it was no longer a pour but more of a glop. Going back to the beginning of my blog, this is where you learn that you adapt to each batch of soap and don’t always count on the original plan. No one will know that was not the original thought unless you tell them!