This past weekend we attended a soap making class. It was something we had been wanting to try for a while, but I was really afraid of the lye and the possibility for death. A class was a great way to ease into it and learn from a human, instead of just a book and youtube.
The class was put on by the owner of HomeSpun Dazzle, Claire. She did a fantastic job. The class was super informative and we both feel comfortable taking on soap making at home now. Though the lye was scary, I think a certain level of fear when using dangerous stuff will help you be cautious.
So, we each made one batch of soap, and I also won the one that the teacher prepared in a little raffle. We brought them home and had to wait 24 hours to take them out of the molds. The anticipation was hard to bear!
Here are our creations:
This is Kurt’s. He made an orange poppy seed soap.
I made lavender. I attempted a swirl.
This is the batch the teacher made. I’m not sure what essential oil she used, but it smells really good and her swirl turned out a little better than mine.
Here they all are standing at attention together as they cure in the basement. We have to let them cure for 4-6 weeks to make sure it’s safe. In the meantime the basement is going to smell wonderful!