Friday, February 10, 2006
Soap and Snow
Have decided I like soap molds better than recycling pudding and jello cups. Had a hard time getting them out but they sure smell good! Ms. Robyn next week I am making lavender soap. Have had a couple of emails asking for soap recipe so here goes. I posted one a few months ago but I have changed it a little here and there so that this recipe is fast and simple:
Mix together-1/4 c sodium hydroxide (ask for it by name at the soap supply places as regular lye is getting hard to find thanks to friendly neighborhood drug producers) and-1 cup goatsmilk (you can use canned from grocery if you need to)-this mix will turn bright yellow, heat up quickly and smell really bad. Remain calm.-while this is cooling down pour the following into a blender (I use a blender I got at thriftstore that is only used for soap making or you can hand stir for 5 minutes)-3/4c olive oil-3/4c palm oil-1/2c coconut oil-1/8c almond oil-add the cooled lye/mixture to the blender, COVER, and blend on the lowest setting till it has a 'soft peak' to it when you stop it-IMMEDIATELY add essential oil for fragrance if you want to- lemongrass, lavender and peppermint are all good (but not together ) and give it one more quick blend-IMMEDIATE pour into soap molds (cupcake tins lined with the paper liners work, also empty snackpack pudding cups)-cover with an old towel-the next day- pop soap out (peeling off the paper if you used cupcake pans)-place the freed soaps on a rack with a little airspace between soaps and let cure for at least 4 weeks before using.
The whole eastern United States is sitting and waiting for snow. There is a northeasterner coming along with moisture from the south which is suppose to bring snowstorms. We will probably get rain with a little snowfall early morning. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that there is a snow angel ready to smile down on me. I really, really, really want snow! I love cold weather and snow very much. I have always lived where it snowed except for 5 yrs in Florida and now here in the flatlands of NC. We do get snow here on occasion but mostly rain or ice storms. I have my fire, books, food, oil lamps, and lots of tea so come on snow!!! Heck I will even settle for a ice storm just bring the cold my way.