Friday, January 25, 2008

What I've Been Up To


Monday night (while Joe was crashed out on the sofa) I made soap. "Honey Blossom," which smells like Bit O' Honey candy. It has honey and beeswax in it, with no artificial colorings or scents. The coloring turned out gorgeous. I can't decide if it's going to lighten or not. The little clump of light tan soap in the bottom right corner was from the same batch.


And then yesterday I made a batch of lavender soap. From lard. I know it sounds gross, but I just wanted to try something "new." New to me, that is. Not new to our great-grandmothers and ancestors.

I added some lavender essential oil and some finely ground, dried lavender leaves. I was (and still am) a little concerned about the dried lavender. I've heard that it can make the soap look like it has mouse poop in it. Just like this rosemary soap...

These batches won't be cured and ready to use for four weeks. If I can wait that long.

[Tonight Joe and Taylor (and my brother and nephew) are camping out for the Klondike Derby. The low temp is supposed to be 17 degrees. I am so worried for them!]

18 comments:

Karyn said...

The look GREAT!!!

I love the lighter colour of the lavender soap, I hope it doesn't end up looking like mouse poop soap too!

And, your poor boys, camping in January?!?!? Better them than us!

nikko said...

I'm sure the lavender soap smells heavenly, even if it ends up looking like mouse poop! LOL!

amandajean said...

your soap is amazing! I am so glad that I won your last give away. I am using my chocolate mint stuff and loving it!

nikki said...

They are brave! Scott said he wasn't camping out. I'm glad because I'd worry too.

One Sweet Life said...

Oh wow .... can I come over to your place?!? LOL. Those look amazing ... I am so impressed with your soap makin' skills ... and I hear you on the campin' stuff, DH is takin' his scouts tonite but there is a plus side ... free craft time! :)

laeroport said...

I can smell the bit-o-honey now.
Bundle up Taylor & Joe! I want to hear if they have ice on the inside of their tent in the morning. :)

mommiemarzie said...

Your soaps look awesome! I would have no patience for the curing process. You're so cool!
(Klondike Drby--BRRR!! Hope they stay warm.)

ponderingponteuf said...

I just came across your blog and I am enjoying it immensely ,what a cute bunch of babes you have:0)

capello said...

it cures for four weeks? i'm completely soap-retarded so i don't "get" that but FOUR WEEKS?

they both look pretty. the soaps, of course.

and 17? brrrrrrrrrr.

prairie daze said...

i would love to learn to make soap...maybe that will by my weekend's project (to read up on it...not to actually DO it)...

any pointers?

atet said...

That soap looks beautiful and I bet it smells wonderful! I actually like it when you can see the additions in homemade soap. It kind of makes it more homemade to me. Weird, I know. The wait on that would kill me though!

Lola...again said...

I love homemade soap too. Someday I might even make some.
I always worry about the boys at Klondike, but they seem to come home unscathed...and unfrozen!

Cici said...

mouse poop soap? sounds like it would be a huge hit at your house full of boys! i can hear the giggles now!

soap. i think, one day, i'll try it..

Heidijayhawk said...

i can smell the lavender from here! i have never tried making soap!

Tonya said...

The soap looks yummy, one more thing I would really like to try.

I can't believe they are gonna camp in 17 degree weather! I am down here in South Louisiana and we are whining because it is 40 degrees today LOL I don't think I know what 17 degrees feels like!

Thanks for the comments on my blog, I didn't realize anyone read it : ) LOL

Randi said...

I am dying to learn to make soap! Karyn recommended some books to me and I hope to get them this week at the library.

Yours looks great!

Chara Michele said...

Oh they sound like they smell lovely! I really like the light color of the lavendar soap too... Hopefully it won't look bad, although even if it does I am sure it will still smell wonderful!

jessi said...

they look great! I really need to learn how to make soap. I love the homemade stuff.