When the other half announced his plans to go to Las Vegas for a recent UFC match, I didn’t get mad……
I got soapy!
While scanning my twitter timeline, I came across a tweet from Nathalie (of NR and Co fame) announcing that there had been a cancellation for their soap workshop the following day! I immediately thought….it’s now or never. So glad I jumped in-what an experience!
It’s a small world after all….little did I know that I already knew of Aide body care through Patty, a TBB’er (That’s Toronto Beauty Blogger), but wasn’t aware that she was leading the soap adventure until I saw her business card! That was already a bonus for me!
So Michelle didn’t waste any time. This is soap making after all-and it’s not necessarily a ‘quick’ thing. She had packets made up for each attendee that include step by step instructions, recipes & measurements, preferred ‘combinations’ of oils and other essential ingredients, and a list of websites/stores to visit to purchase soap supplies.
She also placed some of her ‘work’ on the table to show us examples of what could be made! Some of them were quite fancy but all of them smelled delightful!
Now let me tell you honestly….there are quite a few steps to successful cold press soap making-and working with Lye is tricky. You must be very careful. Michelle recommends ‘suiting up’ when working with the Lye and having specific ingredients solely for soap making.
Michelle took us outside
We let the lye cool and then began to mix oils and butters for our bars! This step is very important because the measurements must be incredibly precise. Michelle recommends a good digital scale for the weighing:
We also mixed our essential oils to fragrance our soap-I decided on lemon poppyseed but there were many oils to choose from!
So we mixed our oils and poured our soap into our containers (we used Soy milk containers ~1lb block of soap, probably 5 decent size bars) and covered them. They were sealed up and ready for travel.
We had some great snacks too!
So my big shock of the day came at the end of the workshop where I was told that the soap had to sit for about 4 weeks! Whaaaa? I didn’t know that-I thought it was a slice and go type of thing…not the case. No big whoop though, I am enjoying gazing at it and taking an occasional whiff. Want to see what it looks like?
Phew-what a day! The above are my results after 5 hours….good stuff! Looking forward to using (and gifting my soap!). I enjoyed learning how to make cold press soap AND have the instructions to be able to do it. Since I am moving to a new home, this may be a hobby that I pick up once I am settled.
Big thanks to Michelle from Aide Body Care and NR and Co for hosting!
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Anyone tried soap-making? What do you think?