I’ve had a lovely day, made especially so by the visit of Foster Mummy and family and my apologies to them for being ‘low’ today………..I wasn’t at my best; nonetheless it was wonderful to see them and to get the chance to try out some vegan cuisine on them of: chick pea and sesame burgers, butter bean pate, roast butternut squash, with roast sweet potato and courgette. Thanks so much to Man Wonderful for the wine! I’m drinking it as I blog.
On the soap making adventure. I’ve never made soap before but I knew the O level chemistry would come in handy one day! You start off by measuring sodium hydroxide and adding it to bottled water (the water can not have chlorine in it so tap water won’t do apparently). You must add the NaOH to the water and stir. You have to wear goggles, an apron, long sleeves and thick rubber gloves. ………this will eat through flesh and bones.
Below is the soap, mid way through stirring……………..this is really boring but the Archers was on the radio, so that entertained me for a while.
Once it changes colour and texture to resemble custard, add the essential oil. I used half a bottle of lavender oil, I could have added more but it smelt so strong that I was cautious and only added half.
I poured the custard like solution into old lunch boxes, I then placed the lids on top. Do not over fill the containers as by all accounts the soap will expand.
Then the washing up.
I used all of my spare towels to wrap it up and now I have to wait and see if I have anything that resembles soap when I peek tomorrow evening. Watch this space.