In the art of soapmaking there is that point in which a soap maker starts to deviate wildly from tried and true recipes, much like a cook will eventually develop their own style and flavor using familiar recipes to begin with.
Sometimes the new soap recipe works out, sometimes it doesn’t, but in the end there is always a use for soap that just never becomes….soap….usually it becomes laundry detergent for use here at home.
Luckily, in the past few years more of my experimental recipe’s than not have turned out at least decently, and I’ve racked up more sucesses than failures, which my tight budget thanks me for!
The liquid soap I started several days ago has turned out beautifully, even better than the batch I did last March. It’s thicker too, and due to the longer cook time on this batch, it does not smell as strongly, which means that when I add scent to it after the cure time, it will not be over powered by the somewhat odd scent of the soap itself.
I also did a new bar soap this week that turned out fantastic. I had been having a little bit of trouble getting the soap to trace in my cold kitchen, but after adjusting the amount of coconut oil, (still keeping it just high enough for a good lather because too much coconut oil can be drying) the soap released easily from the mold and I did not have a problem with stickiness when hand-cutting.
This is a new scent combo that smells delicious. It’s a blend of honey and orange scents.
I’m in LOVE! And I think you might be too!
This soap will be available next week. Due to the changes I made in the recipe and the dry air in the curing room, it will not require a lengthy cure time. I will list it in my Etsy shop just as soon as it’s shippable. My Etsy Shop.
If you would like to reserve a bar or two, send me an email and I will hold them for you at Ladyrings@aol.com.
To go along with the Orange and Honey soap, I have another bar soap that was done at the same time and is a best-selling favorite. It’s a Eucalyptus and Peppermint bar with tiny basil flakes for color and texture. This one goes pretty fast all year long and is a staple in my soap lineup.
I’m pretty sure I enabled comments on this blog this morning, and would love to hear your stories of soap making or questions about the soaps I make or the goats that make the milk that goes into the soap. But, on the off chance that I did something wrong with the comments part, you can email me at Ladyrings@aol.com and I would be happy to talk about soapmaking with you.
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