I haven’t make soap in a really long time, and the longer I put it off, the more I seem to dread making soap. Today was the day. It was so much easier to take the car out of the garage and set up my skirting table. That was the first thing I did differently. The second thing that really made is easier was to use all the ice from the icemaker that we installed in our refrigerator several months ago. I was able to cool the oils and lye down quickly. I wish I had thought of both a long time ago. You can see the two five gallon buckets of coconut and palm soap oils. I buy my supplies from The Soap Saloon in
I use a wooden mold that I had made for me years ago, and I line it with waxed butcher paper. It’s actually an origami box that I fold and then fit inside, securing with masking tape. Right now, the soap is one gigantic bar. I learned the hard way that when I’m making my infant soap all cozy, I need to do it both from the top and bottom. You can that I’ve put quilted place mats underneath. It’s important that the soap doesn’t cool too quickly from below.
And here it is all tucked in, snuggly warm. This is a very special quilt that was had made for us by my sister-in-law’s mother, who has known my husband since he was in high school. We have another beautiful quilt from my sister-in-law, but it’s in the drier, and I’ll add it to the top when it’s dry. Tomorrow, I’ll cut the block into bars and then let it age for two to three weeks. Soap loses moisture as it ages, so I like to allow some time for it to shrink before I put on my