As I was tidying up my many many soapy photographs this week I came across some pictures of my very first attempts at soapmaking, and thought it might be fun to share. Here, in all its glory, is my very first batch:
Sadly I didn’t photograph the process, but I do remember that I hadn’t yet started using a stick blender, and it was stirred (and stirred, and stirred) with a balloon whisk, which took FOREVER. I used a kit for this first batch, which contained all the ingredients I needed to make CP soap, plus comprehensive instructions. It was a great introduction to the craft, but with hindsight I could have bought a couple of good soapmaking books and all the ingredients (olive oil, palm oil, sodium hydroxide) and still had change from what the kit cost me 🙂
Here’s the ‘cut’ 😀
It was fragranced with vanilla (FO, I assume) that was supplied with the kit, though I suspect it was a fairly small amount, given the lack of discolouration, even after the cure. It’s not the prettiest of soaps but once cured it worked like a dream and I was hooked 😀
My second attempt was made with coconut oil, olive oil and lard (a recipe from one of those soapmaking books that I soon started buying with indecent regularity – I now have a bookshelf full!) and I think I fragranced it with Cherry Blossom FO. I do remember that I didn’t add anywhere near enough FO so there was barely any scent – the lessons come quick and fast when you first start out on the soapmaking journey.
Within no time I was experimenting with essential oils, additives and of course colours but one of the great things about soapmaking is there’s always new stuff to learn, so it NEVER gets old 🙂
Thanks for joining me down memory lane – please tell me how you got started, I’d love to know!