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!]