I enjoyed the first attempt at soap-making so much that the boys and I made a second batch the very next day.
Lavender is one of my favourite scents so we used some lavender flowers with some lavender essential oils in this batch. This time we made an all olive oil soap (the first batch was olive and coconut oil).
The longest part really is waiting for the lye to cool. We waited...and waited...and put it outside to hasten cooling and waited some more.
Then it was ready to mix. We used a stick blender and it quickly came to "trace". We added the essential oil and mixed a bit more.
We poured some into our mold (a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag), added some lavender flowers then poured the rest of the soap mixture on. The next day it was ready to cut.
I think that soap making may very well become an addiction for me. This seems to be an issue for me...although I have overcome my edging addiction (only by selling that home, mind, so I'm not sure that counts but still...). When my soap-making-guru friend emailed me yesterday to let me know that soap has a shelf life and that I might not want to make more than a year's supply I felt quite robbed - I'd just been enjoying sniffing this latest batch and was contemplating my next batch. What to do? How many pounds of soap could my family actually use in a year?!?
I may have a plan that will support this new
addiction love, I think I might just sell any excess at the farm stand next year (big plans in the works for this!)...that way I can keep making new batches to my heart's content this winter and not have to worry about overwhelming my family by urging them constantly to "use more soap!!".