11 February 2011

Soap, soap and erm, soap.

The National Trust, Speke Hall, ordered soap and bath salts from me recently. In readiness, for the last couple of months I have been soaping like a demon to try to build up stocks.

I have, to date, made mainly Hot Process soap which is usable quicker than its Cold Process cousin. The drawback of Hot Process is that the batches are smaller and it is therefore more time consuming.  I am slowly moving to Cold Process, because I can make bigger batches, although it is unlikely that I will give up Hot Process completely.

There has been discussion on a forum I am a member of to try to get a consensus on whether one is better than the other. I certainly don't think that there is in the "feel" of the soap, although there is in the look of it. Both soap making methods certainly have their benefits.

As you can see from the picture, I am not using colour in my soap at the moment, and I am not adding botanicals. I have plans to possibly change this for soaps I sell at Craft Fairs to make them look a bit prettier, so watch this space.

This weekend, I will be making the bath salts for the order, Lavender with tiny heather flowers, and Geranium with pretty little rose buds. Not a relaxing weekend then!

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