Lately, my favorite soap is the gorgeous Oat & Honey from the artisan hands of Roses Ridge Farm. It's a lovely nut brown color and soothing to the skin (my skin is incredibly sensitive and riots at the least provocation!), and is now available at lots of stores locally, including Whole Foods! And I buy it all the time. Take a moment to visit their website and view all the handcrafted, eco-friendly, and healthy skin care products, including soaps, lotions, balms, scrubs, and gentle baby items... http://www.rosesridgefarm.com/
So wasn't I excited when a cold-process soapmaking class was offered at Roses Ridge Farm???
|Our gorgeous soapmaker, Kylene, holding a good resource, The Soapmaker's Companion|
I was one of a dozen students greeted by the bull, the goat, the sheep, the chickens, and the turkey babies as we arrived at Roses Ridge Farm. We chatted outside in the cool breeze of April, and unhurriedly made our way into the farmhouse. The class gathered in the part of the house that was built in the 1700s, windows open, home-love surrounding us.
|Adding a protective apron, then gloves, then eye protection when using lye|
|Adding the lye to the distilled water|
|Stirring the lye/water mixture; vapor rising|
|Checking the temperature|
|Lye/water mixture in cup, oils in bowl, scale, blender, distilled water|
We learned SO much about lye and oils and molds and temperatures and equipment and safety! Two hours flew by so quickly! Each of us left with a small bar of Roses Ridge Oat & Honey Soap in a darling gingham bag, full instructions for beginning our soapmaking journeys from the Soap Queen website, and the joy of spending the afternoon with each other in such a sweet environment.
|Mixing the oils with the immersion blender|
|Adding the lye mixture to the oils|
|Blending to emulsify and bring to 'trace'|
|Trace = pudding consistency and 'trails' left behind|
*contented sigh and soapmaking anticipation*
|Soap mold lined with freezer paper|
|Soap mixture, trace reached and poured into mold|
|Unmolded soap after 24 hours|