I recently taught a soap making class. It was so much fun! A group of local home school Mom’s and a few of their kids got together for a time of fellowship and learning. I am not really sure who learned more, me or them. That’s the funny thing about being a speaker, you go in expecting to teach, but come out having been a student. Even if it’s something you have been doing for years, like making your own soap. I would do it again in a heart beat. We spent the entire night discussing soap bases, herbs and essential oils. We debated about different chemicals in the bases, what’s good, what’s not. We even googled a few technical terms for clarification. It was a blast. We experimented with new molds, tested new soap bases, mixed beautiful new colors and tried out new experimental techniques. The results were beautiful. They smelled even better than they looked. My favorite soap of the night was this Confetti Soap. It’s not at all complicated. The basic soap has a combination of 3 Butters, Mango, Shea and Cocoa butter. It’s the first time I have used this product, and I love the way it moisturizes my dry winter skin. The beautiful color comes from adding chopped up bits of Glycerin Soap that I made previously. We simply chopped the soaps into little pieces and added them to the white liquid soap base when it was poured into the mold. How easy is that? I had been working on this… Read More »
I have been knitting for weeks. It’s part of my winter routine, each night I spend an hour or two working on projects. You would be amazed at how much you can produce in such a small amount of time. I made a number of small gifts for the holidays. My favorite gift combination was hand knit wash towels and home made soap. If you would like to make your own soap, check out my tutorial here. Now it’s time to get back to my own knitting projects, I have been dying to make a couple of Wash Towels for myself. I love their soft cotton texture, it feels like a gentle exfoliant on the skin. They look as luxurious and beautiful as they feel. The towels hold up amazingly well with regular use. They do stretch a bit as they are wet, but put them in the laundry and they shrink back to their original state in the dryer. Who knew yarn was so resiliant? The biggest plus of this project is it’s compact size, it’s easy to stick the needles and all in your purse and take them on the road with you. This is Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn in Rose Stripes. I love how the variegated yarn makes stripes appear as you knit. It’s like the yarn has a story to tell you that is revealed as you work. Who doesn’t love a good story? For this project, you will need 1 skein Peaches and Cream yarn and a pair of size 8… Read More »
Recently, I make Glycerin Soap. It was all new to me as I have not used glycerin before. This was a very cheap way to make soap (and pretty too)! I came to the realization today that I am in a time warp. Truly. I have absolutely no concept of time since the beginning of 2015. I have issues sleeping at night and don’t wake up until mid morning. It throws off my entire existence. I could swear that I just made my last batch of Candy Cane Soap, and I never got to try any of it before we gave it all away for gifts. I got into the shower today only discover there was no soap. Time to make a new batch! This time I made Glycerin Soap. It’s all new to me as I have not used glycerin before. Our 14 year old son had an excellent question: “What exactly is glycerin made from?” I had to look it up, I had no idea. Glycerin is made from animal and vegetable fats. It is edible and is commonly found in drugs and foods as a filler and thickening agent. You can make glycerin soap completely from scratch with sodium salts of fatty acids, and glycerin. Frankly, I really don’t know why anyone would do that. It sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. There are lots of affordable soap bases on the market that already have these ingredients. They are easy to use and very cost effective. Leave the chemistry up to the chemists. For this… Read More »
We have been hard at work on making Christmas gifts. One of the joys of homeschooling for us over the years has been to learn basic homemaking skills, along with a few skills that are just fun projects. Making soap is just plain fun. It’s an easy project for younger children, and the next thing you know they are 16 years old and begging to help you make soap for gifts. We love Candy Canes at our house and decided to combine the two for our very own DIY Candy Cane Soap. If you didn’t know, sugar has long been known to be an excellent ingredient for smoothing and exfoliating the skin. You can buy sugar scrubs, make your own, or have one professionally done at your local spa. Since we had a bundle of candy canes around the house, they became our inspiration for this holiday soap. We made a couple of different batches, experimenting as we went. I had a bunch of left over glycerin bars from another project, I think it was a 1 lb. bag that we melted on the stove top in an old pan. The first batch was poured into small bars (you can buy molds at the craft store) where we added crushed candy canes to the melted glycerin (center bars). The bars hardened quickly and looked so pretty with the crushed candy in them. So far, so good. Then, we got braver and made a bigger batch, using crushed candy canes in the bottom of a large bread pan, then adding the… Read More »
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