At the moment, it’s a bit chaotic in my house. As I try to get my thoughts down about my soaping adventures, my husband is jamming on his clarinet to his trusty Mofro CD. While I typically enjoy listening to him play, he decided to include Buggy in the band and has pulled out a toy piano on which the baby guy is pounding. Like I said, chaos.
Anyway…I’ve made two new batches of soap this weekend. Both have been pretty exciting. I tried a new recipe yesterday using castor oil for the first time. Castor oil is supposed to create an amazing lather and is a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin. It’s a standard oil that lots of soapers include in each of their batches. I scented my batch with a lively blend of fir needle and palmarosa. I had hoped to make a holiday soap, trusting the fir needle essential oil to smell like a Christmas tree. While, ultimately, the scent is only vaguely reminiscent of Christmas, it’s still pleasing and energizing. I’m excited to use it!
I just finished another special batch of soap again using a new recipe–I took the one from yesterday and tweaked it some. My goal was to make an Acne Face soap. I used sunflower oil (another first!) which is a natural antioxidant and contains lots of Vitamin E; coconut oil which is antibacterial; the castor oil to attract moisture to the skin; and several other oils which are known for their moisturizing properties. I selected essential oils that treat acne, heal scars/blemishes, moisturize, and close pores. My extra special ingredient was supposed to be bentonite clay, which absorbs extra oils and helps treat acne. I ordered it especially for face soaps and was so excited to use it. However, my soap reached a thick trace so quickly (new recipe downfall) that I panicked and forgot all about the clay! So sad! The soap will still be great for the face but I’m disappointed nevertheless. Next time, I suppose!
Have a beautiful weekend! I’m off to stuff a scarecrow and carve our family pumpkin!