….sort of. After watching dozens of soap making videos on YouTube over the past few weeks, I decided to use the birthday cash my mom gave me (plus a little extra) to purchase some very basic soap making supplies from Bramble Berry and see what I could come up with.
In my opinion, melt and pour soap is the easiest way to dip your toe in the soap making pool. The oil base and lye solution have already been emulsified, so all you have to do is melt it down and combine it with any colors, fragrances, or additives you chose. To make things a little more interesting, I decided to do a two tone soap bar.
Am I soap making savant? Not at all. Did I have a good time? Heck yeah, and I’ve already ordered more soap base so I can use some of the other samples from my first order.
I did learn some tricks to help me get a better bar of soap next time. First I need to spritz each layer with rubbing alcohol to remove any bubbles and prevent any soda ash from forming. Secondly, I need to leave my soap alone while it sets up. I tried un-molding the soap way too soon and one of the bars started to split (don’t worry I was able to save it). Finally, I think I will press the flower petals in a little more firmly. They looked lovely, but I lost more than I’d like taking the soap out of the molds and wrapping them to give to people. I can’t wait for my next order to arrive!
My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.