I was describing how I make soap to one of my graphic arts instructors. He said, "Man, it sounds like a science experiment!" It does, too. Safety equipment, precise measurements of ingredients, exothermic reactions. It's all there and way cool.
I've been putting all this equipment to good use, too. Coming up next is Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange and Lemon Zinger. Both smell fab. Ahhhhh....
I used some gold mica to make the yellow color here. It's amazing while wet, and I wish I could keep the transparency that wet soap has, but that's an entirely different chemical reaction. So I take pictures and just enjoy the moment.
You should smell my kitchen! So good!
This one's the Pineapple Cilantro & Valencia Orange. I just close my eyes and breathe deeply.
The Lemon Zinger is amazing too. Again, I used gold mica to make swirls, and they are beautiful while wet, not as dramatic when fully cured. The fragrance is pure summertime ~ lemonade and a touch of sandalwood. It sounds weird, I know, but it works! This is probably going to be a favorite for me this summer.
Just don't tell the other soaps...they think they're the favorite, which they are, just not today.
When I'm creating a new soap, I have a picture in my head of what it's going to look like ~ A white base, with gold mica swirls and mint green to suggest leaves. Then reality hits when the soap misbehaves. I thought about putting this on into the zombie zoaps page, gut it's not quite ugly enough to make the cut.
Titanium dioxide is used to make white in cosmetics, and I use it sparingly in soap to make a whiter base. I use a lot of olive oil in my soap recipe, and it has a darker cast to it, so sometimes TD is necessary. But TD has a tendency to speed things up, as far as soaping goes. And that's what it did, made this soap move quickly. One second it was nice like a cake batter, the next is was soap on a spoon!
Good thing I can move faster than a speeding bullet. I also leap tall buildings in a single bound. Well, more like tall laundry piles in a stuttering trip. Hehe.
This coconutty fragrance is sweet, has a goodly portion of vanilla in it, so I expect it to darken some (though the TD may slow that down). It's got a hint of something like pineapple, but I'm told there is no pineapple in there. Check it out for yourself and see what you can smell. It's truly lovely. Or completely yummy. Or both.
Coconut milk. Amazing stuff. Mostly I want to eat it. It's delicious! But in a soap? Oh, yeah. It's amazing. Creamy, dreamy, absolute bliss.
Keeping in the spring mode of soaping (spring is so on my mind), I've created this lovely Vintage Rose Coconut Milk Soap. It's a bit challenged in the swirls department, but then that may be because I am. Challenged at swirls, that is.
True to life, this fragrance is romantic, sensual, enchanting, and uplifting. It's very girly, which is a good thing. Embrace the girl!
One other new and exciting tidbit I must share... Mrs Lilly had her colt on Saturday! What an exciting day for all of us! She waited for the coldest night in the last week and dropped that foal without any help. In the morning, we had a wonderful surprise, and both mom and baby are doing well. Isn't he cute? Or maybe he's a she? The missus won't let us get close enough to peek under her skirt yet.
The principle of charity, the pure love of our fellow beings, has been and will be a lifetime endeavor. I’ve got a long way to go before I come anywhere close to getting good at it, but the journey has been rewarding and the effort worthwhile. The thing about it, though, is that it has to be done on a one-on-one basis. There is no blanket answer to loving another person, whether we know them well or not. I can’t just say, “I love you all, so very, very much,” and believe that one size fits all! It takes getting in the trenches, getting down and dirty with another person who needs some help, to really know what another needs and if I have that to offer.
What I’m striving to do with my personal care products business is to include that principle of individual worth and needs into each product. It’s truly my motivation.
I started soaping because I needed something different than what was on the market in general. I needed something that was good to my skin, something I could live with, and something that had my own personal touch involved. I love it that I can create different soaps and lotions that offer different qualities that meet different needs. My friend C’s skin is too dry for commercial products and even for many other handcrafted products, but I can make her something that works for her. My husband gets really grody at work, and I can make a soap that scrubs the gunk off his hands but leaves his skin soft and intact. I think of different people who I know, their needs, and I begin creating (my SIL calls is brewing!) something for them.
Much of my research and development, my R&D, my song and joy, is driven by who I know that needs something specific, and then I get to find out if it works for them by having them be my testers, giving me feedback in candid and constructive ways that I truly need. We both gain from this loving principle!