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Sat, Aug. 6th, 2005, 10:59 pm

Hi, my name is ang, I'm a soap

Yup, I'm hooked. All I think of is
soap and all the combinations that I can come up with. I got brave at the beginning of the
week and decided to give swirling a try. Wow, this was not as easy as it looks.
I was really disappointed in how it came out. The good news is I will just have
to make more soap to practice.

I used a tangerine EO and colored my swirls with baby food carrots. It's ok but not the beautiful
swirls that I have seen. True it was a OHP but still I have seen some amazing
swirlers. With a bit of practice I hope that mine look better.

I'm thinking of trying out he goats milk and honey tomorrow. I would like to add swirling to this but I just dont know. I think I might better stick to one thing at a time. Ok enough soap...time for bed.

Sat, Jul. 30th, 2005, 11:16 pm

I have a soaping mess. I got brave and did a Cold Process batch tonight. I wanted to try my hand at swirling. Now in my mind I thought a choco-coffee soap would be lovely. I snagged some coffee from work and even went and bought a brand new thing of coco to make this magic with.

Now this is my first cold process so I was a bit nervous as it was. I double checked everything. At one point I even mixed my lye and coffee. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD it stunk. It smelled like the monkey house at the zoo. I made a nice drain wash out of that. One thing about it my kitchen sink should never clog again. I re-mixed my lye and even grumbled a bit over my half can that I had to dump. I brought it all to trace with not a lot of trouble. THEN I dumped in the coffee, coffee grounds, oat meal and coco.

Words can not describe what this smelled like. The best I can come up with is that it smelled like this monkey went out and got his ass permed then he stood to close to the fire and singed the hair off.

I poured it in the mold, I swirled it like I knew what I was doing. I took the left over and slapped it in a pot where Im going to hot process the crap out of it and see if I can use it at all. Right now it stinks to high heaven and Im thinking it's pretty much a wash...haha...get it...wash


I will post pictures as soon as I can bring myself to get near the stuff.

Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005, 11:53 pm
What I Learned

Sunday, I broke down and made soap. I decided to make a lot of little batches out of one big batch. I used the oils that I already had and ended up making a olive oil base soap. Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Coco Butter and a dash of lard just to round out my numbers. I also remembered to put sugar in the water this time. I have to say that this soap is just YUMMY. I added Lavender to one batch, Peppermint to another and then my third I spiced with Cucumber Melon. My oh my what a wonderful smell they all had.

All went perfect, all the soap remained firm, the only problem was I was in too much of a hurry and cut the bars UGLY. They are crooked and thin and UGLY. Yes they wash nice but still I would like them to be pretty. I really really think I need a soap cutter. I half way have it in my mind that Im going to try and make one. I have been doing a bit of research and I think I might be able to do it. A friend has all the saw stuff that I would need to cut it and I even have guitar wire around here. Im going to have to do a bit more looking but I really really think this might be my solution to weird shaped soap.

I also want drying racks. I think I can make these too. I would rather mine be made out of screen I think. Im not sure. Again I need to do some looking. I could just go to home depot and get the wire racks but I was thinking that a fine screen stretched on a frame would work well. I dont make huge batches but it would be nice to put it on the screen then move it to the basement to dry. Dark, cool and out of the way. Could a girl ask for anything more.

Ok Im off to bed. I will try and take pictures of my ugly cut soap tomorrow...if I dont give it all away at work and just start over.

Sun, Jul. 10th, 2005, 03:27 pm
No Soap

Just talk today. Actually I have the stuff to make soap I just dont know if I should take it back. Im having a guilt thing over money and I do NOT want to bounce before next Friday. That would truly suck-ath.

Last night we did go to the drive in. It was a beautiful night here. We sat out and watched The Fantastic Four and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I LOVED the Fantastic Four. It was really good, much to my surprise. No Mr. & Mrs. Smith on the other hand was not as good as I thought it would be. Dont get me wrong it wasnt bad but it was a little slow in the beginning. And yes Michie, Brad Pitt was still plastic looking to me. He just is NOT my type I guess.

Not a whole lot to tell on stuff going on. Worked in the yard, had B's birthday, slept. That is pretty much it. It's so dry here even working in the yard was no big deal. The front bushes did have a ton of weeds in them but it only took me around 30 minutes to get them out. I really can not wait till fall when I can pop the huge flower plants out of there and replant them. What a HUGE mistake that was.

Ok now that this has turned into a huge choppy ramble Im going to stop it here. Too many thoughts and not enough thought to put it in order *S*

Im off to clean before my house is condemned. If you are in the area, stop in, I will give you a broom and you can help *L*

Mon, Jul. 4th, 2005, 10:20 pm

I have soap!

For your viewing pleasure

I give you view 1 of Peppermint Oatmeal Shrek Soap

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and view 2

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Now for view 1 and 2 of the Lemon Poppyseed Kitchen Soap

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Mon, Jul. 4th, 2005, 05:57 pm
Big Fix

This morning I got up to a green mess. My Shrek Soap did not smell at all like peppermint. I hit the net and started looking for an answer. The best I could find was to re-batch it.

So I did.

I chopped and mushed it all up and put it back into my soap pot. I slid it into the oven and waaaaa laaaa it melted. Even better it was not as traumatic as I thought it would be. After checking it a couple of times I finally had it back to goo soup and I was ready to fix my mess. I poured a whole bottle...it's an itty bitty bottle of peppermint back into the mix and I also added some more oatmeal. I milled half of it to a fine powder then the other half I left whole. It gave it all a nice look.

I poured it all into molds. So my molds are not fancy. I used a cookie tray from a pack of hostess cookies and a drawer organizer. I waited and low and behold my soap went back to semi hard. I popped the stuff in the freezer for a bit then out of the molds it came. It doesnt look so bad and it smells a lot nicer.

I can not wait for it to dry so we can actually use it.

Ok I cheated. I did scoop a bit out and make a soap ball out of it for the kitchen. I love the way the peppermint feels on my hands.

Do you know how hard it is not to head back to Sam's for more oil. Tomorrow my goal is to find a top notch health food store. I have a vision of avocado oil in my near future.

Hi my name is Ang and Im a soap addict. *snort*

Mon, Jul. 4th, 2005, 05:00 am
Oh no no no

Im in so much trouble.

I made the green soap. I like it but I just couldnt help myself. I bribed the child into going with me and I made a trip to Wal Mart at 1:00. I got some more Olive Oil, some poppy seeds, a few trays that I think will work well as molds and some more oatmeal.

Yes, I am a soap making fool.

This time I made a wonderful Lemon, Oatmeal, Poppyseed bar.

It was easy. This was a dream batch. The only thing that I dont like is it is VERY lemony smelling. I hope it fades as it cools.

Im so excited about this one. Would it be a bad thing to throw my shrek soap away and claim that my lemon soap is really my first batch *L*

Ok off to bed. Yes, I realize that it's 5 am and that I should just stay up but I must sleep so I can dream of SOAP *L*

Im so hooked. I love this and want to make more

sure do hope my hands dont rot off in the next couple of days.

Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2005, 11:25 pm

I have two batches of the the most butt ugly green soap that you have ever seen but it's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen *L*

I am so excited. I even have BUBBLES.

soap that looks like shreks ass and BUBBLES...ass and farts.

oh my

should one be so excited over soap?

I think I will try it again tomorrow only without the green color.

First lesson....color is not always a good thing!

I will post pictures as soon as it gets hard...keep your fingers crossed that it does.

Off to stare at my soap


Sun, Jul. 3rd, 2005, 09:56 pm
Oh My Gosh

I did it. I really did it.

I started my very first batch of soap. I must say it was a bit scary. It took me 2 weeks to get all my ingredients together. I bought a scale then decided it wasn't the right on and went back and bought another one. I finally went to Sam's today and checked into olive oil. I decided that I was not making soap for the United States Army so maybe I should just get a small bottle to start with. I ended up back over at Wal Mart and just got a cheep regular size bottle for this try. I also ended up with a can of goats milk and some honey *L* Oh lord this could be an expensive hobby.

I took all my ingredients and lined them up on the counter then I sat in the living room and looked at them for awhile. Finally I got that "nothing ventured nothing gained" attitude. I went down and double checked my recipe. I ran it through the lye calculator, I went upstairs and measured out the oil, came back down stairs and ran it back through the calculator...in grams even...and then I went to town.

My first mistake was heating my oil too hot. I had to sit it in front of the fan to do a quick cool down so that it would be the same temp as my lye. The animals were amazed by this. Everyone had to come over and take a look. Have you ever tried to stir hot oil with the help of 3 cats and 2 dogs? It was a mess. Finally after about 10 minutes the oil was ready. I slowly poured the lye in then went to town, AGAIN, with the stick blender. Now I thought this stuff would get thick with in 3 minutes. I was wrong. It took around 15 minutes. By that time I was hooked and did not want to stop blending. I wanted to see what would happen if I just kept going. I pulled myself away...forced...and put the lid on the pot.

It's all in the oven right now.

I hope this works. Im so excited about this for some reason. My biggest fear is that it's gonna smell like old french fry oil *L*

C is here and he is just totally amazed..ok not totally but he did get off the couch and come look at it. Jay called and he was laughing at me. He asked if I needed a big ole black pot and a cement pond. Hell, with or without soap I need a cement pond. He can even call me granny if he wants but he can do it as Im swimming around nekkid.

Ok, the first 15 minutes in the oven went as it was supposed to. The mixture is just like the pictures say it should be...cross your fingers...eeekkk

Ok Im off to read more about ingredients.

I will post pictures as soon as I see if this batch is going to work or not.