Dear Soapy Maven Goddess

Dear Soapy Maven Goddess

Dear Soapy Maven Goddess:

Sometimes I can’t help myself. Sometimes, even though I know that I shouldn’t– I still do.

I am so ashamed to admit this, but I- scrape- the- bottom- of -my- soap pot.

I have been soaping for years and should know better. But my background of being raised by a thrift shop clothing buyer mother and second-hand furniture redoer has made me feel bad for wasting the delicious looking but most likely not as good soap stuff from the sides of my soap batch.

Do you ever feel inclined to do this? How can I hold myself back?

Signed-

Making Soap Naked and Ashamed of Myself.

Dear MSNAA of Yourself:

Yes. I know what you mean. This is a great temptation for me as well. Even though we are taught not to scrape the sides of the pot we still wish to do so. It does seem wasteful to just wash it away into your septic field.

And so here is my advice.

Do you have any little interesting soap molds kicking around? You know the ones that I mean, the ones your grandmother’s friends inevitably pick up for you when they are at garage sales and always think of you. They are in the shapes of angels and maybe dog bones. You don’t want to appear rude so you always accept them and then move them around with you for years in a cardboard box on the off chance that one day you will actually get a commission for a slew of dog bone shaped soap. But you never do. Until now. What I am telling you is to scrape that soap from the sides of your pot and pour into these ugly little dog bone shaped molds or the ones in the shape of alien heads. Once they are cured you can use these as air fresheners for your car, closet or underwear drawer. That way you are not wasting soap. This way your nice soap doesn’t get the yucky white ashy stuff in it that sometimes occurs from the unstirred soap from the sides of the pot and you get these little cute air fresheners. It’s a win-win situation.

And about soap making naked. I would definitely wear an apron. Being splashed by raw soap is really no fun. Not that I am admitting to anything. But be safe.

You can dance naked after your pour.

Love always,

The Soapy Maven Goddess

Here is one of my favourite dance naked after soap making songs.

Rosemary Clooney – Come On-A My House amazing song- learn the lyrics and sing along…
click below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mriXncI96lw

Here are the lyrics to help you along if you do not already know them!

Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you candy
Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you apple and plum
And an apricot too

Come on-a my house
My house a come on
Come on-a my house
My house a come on

Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you candy
Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you everything

Come on to my house, my house
I’m gonna give you Christmas tree
Come on, come on, come on to my house
I’m gonna give you a pomegranate

Come on-a my house
My house a come on
Come on-a my house
My house a come on

Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you peach and pair
And I love your hair

Come on-a my house
My house a come on
Come on-a my house
My house a come on

Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you candy
Come on-a my house, my house
I’m gonna give you everything

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Out of Chaos-Beauty May Come

Warning: poor last minute soap making judgment below:

Today I had one of those soap batch days that did not go very smoothly. For one thing, I thought, oh I have enough time to whip up a simple batch of Lemongrass with Calendula. But as things went along, I thought, nope, I have enough Lemongrass, why not make up a nice easy batch of Tea Tree and Lavender, and so as not to make a mess, I will do a gentle swirl of French Green clay instead of using charcoal.

But somehow in the midst of things, as I was pouring my essential oils and weighing them out I thought, “hmm- well how about  I toss in 50 grams of Lemongrass in my Tea tree and Lavender? Just to see how it turns out.”

So.

Then I had to figure out another colour scheme real fast as things were coming to temperature quickly with the cold weather. (I love making soap at this time of year because my lye cools down so quickly. )But the lye seemed to cool down too quickly and it went to way below my normal temp. and I lost 3 pairs of glasses… in the middle of all this.

Well now I couldn’t’ see a darn thing, but I had to stir things up quick. I swirled like a madwoman… adding another swirl of alkanet root alongside my green clay. Earlier on in the day I lost my trusty spoon and swiped one from the kitchen-this should have been an omen or warning of sorts because I never lose my spoon.

Pretty much everything went wrong but guess what?

This batch of soap turned out to be a thing of beauty —the colour combination and the sharp fresh scent of it reminds one of spring and happiness.  And even though I have raw soap in my hair and on my sleeves and dripped on my sneakers I feel truly alive- and I have something of beauty to show for it.

 

 

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Mis en Place

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This is a re blog from my other wordpress site deathdefyingacts of living.

It seems appropriate for my soapy blog- so I thought I would repost it.

We recently discovered that we have a channel that runs the Martha Stewart cooking show right at the time of day when you are not able to do one more thing except to flop down on the sofa and turn on the tv. Martha loves to throw around her french cooking words. Lucky for me I took a lot of french language training, it was mandatory in elementary school in Winnipeg. So I do understand quit a bit of her cooking vocabulary.

Today’s lesson was different kinds of Pavlova’s day.

While tipping egg whites into her mix master, she mentioned the french phrase, mis en place, which translates to “putting everything in order before you begin.” I realize this idea can be applied to other areas of one’s life.

I always mis en place when soap making. You have to have all your essential oils carefully measured and sitting mis en place before you can pour your soap into the molds. All other sundries must be sitting close by for that brief moment at trace when you can stir in flower petals or clays and of course the fragrant essential oils. Today I am making tea tree and lavender soap with hemp seed oil.

But I can never be totally Martha Stewart, I understand this about myself. I know at the last moment I may change my mind and say, “Hey! Look at that orange peel, I bet I can reach it from here and throw in a handful….” which sometimes creates a disaster. But that is what keeps me creating new and exciting different kinds of soap. It is my need for imagining new recipes that has kept me interested in soap making for many years.

Yes, mis en place is important and a comfort. But sometimes you have to break out and experiment with that little box or bowl of something that is sitting quietly beckoning you  from the shadows. It is begging for you to notice it. “Come on! Mix me into this batch! Don’t you want to see how it looks tomorrow when you pop your soap outta the molds?” I am usually powerless to refuse.