Well, it has been a while since I've posted anything on this blog. I haven't made any soap since this spring when I made and filled a large custom wine soap order for a very nice lady planning a wedding shower. I made four flavors of wine in large 6 ounce bars for her and had great fun making soap in my new kitchen for the first time. We have move to a house we purchased in town. It is an old 1930 Craftsman home with wood floors and wood stoves. We love it, but it needs loads of work.
This summer I got a 6 month contract job working for the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center and things just got too busy for making soap. Then just when things were starting to slow down and I was going to start back up again My cousin and his girlfriend announced that they were going to have a baby and get married ASAP. I have been so busy sewing the bride a dress, slip, and veil that I still haven't made any soap. The wedding is 10 days away and the sewing is done. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am starting to get everything in order to make some new soaps. I want to try to stay with my usual palm oil free recipe with simple ingredients, and no artificial fragrances or colors, but I will experiment with some new essential oils and other exfoliating additives. My favorite to use myself is still the oatmeal and honey bar, but they have all turned out very nice. I have built some new soap moulds. I think the 6 oz. bars are just too big for most people and want to start offering smaller ones. I keep having to tell people they can just cut the bars themselves with a knife, but they just really think that is weird, I guess. I think I will shoot for about 4 to 4.5 oz bars this time, but keep the same dimensional proportions. I will post pictures of the whole process for the first batch this time. I think it will be lavender soap. My daughter has been begging and begging me to make that, even though I think the scent is a bit too strong. I will also add some lavender leaves from the garden for texture and interest. I hope you come back and check it out when I post it.