As it was cold and miserable over the weekend, we decided to pursue indoor activities.
On Saturday we had to restock all the oils for our soap making kits. We had nearly run out of supplies (the soap making kits are quite popular), so I estimate that I filled 30 1L, 40 500ml, and 15 250ml bottles full of oil. Now that’s a lot of soap (and oil). That lot took most of the day as it has been so cold that the olive oil had almost solidified and the coconut oil was rock solid. I had to melt the oils on the stove in small batches to make them fluid enough to pour.
On Sunday, it was bucketing down with rain, so we decided to make two new soaps, some for us and some for sale. We also decided to video the process so I could publish a few to put up on YouTube as video tutorials.
We made an Ocean Breeze with Pink Himalayan Rock Salt Soap and a Lemon Cream Pie Soap. Here are a few snapshots from the video I took.
Kim will be cutting this soap on Wednesday after it is solid enough. Fingers crossed, it should look beautiful.
Then we made the Lemon Cream Pie Soap.
We have previously made this soap during one of our advanced soap making courses much to the delight of the students who attended.
This is what Lemon Cream Pie looks like when cut.
We mixed in some Calendula petals into the white layer to give it a bit of texture. It looks good enough to eat!
The fragrance oil that we used was Lemon Zest, so it smells as good as it looks. It will be for sale in the soap section in about six weeks time.
This soap making session took us most of the day, because we stopped and started so many times to take photos, discuss techniques, and to reshoot sections where necessary.
I will be working on the video tutorials over the next few days, so they should be available to watch by the weekend.
Anyway, it was a wet weekend well spent. I just love making soap with Kim. Her artistic talent always shines through in her soap designs.
Hope you are keeping nice and warm this chilly winter, or cool if you live in the northern hemisphere. Whatever your weather, I hope you are keeping productive.