This week I held another soapmaking class for a friend who visits her hometown every summer from the South. We had a great time and even had another friend from our college days and a few others join us. It was nice to have a little time together with friends and share something that I love doing.
One of the best things about having the class or a demo is that part of the lesson includes a bit about lye safety. Well, that's not the best thing but it leads to one of the best things! We actually mix a batch in class so everyone can experience the reaction. Because the temperature of the water goes from cold to about 220 degrees in a matter of seconds after the lye is added, that batch is too hot to use during class. That means that I have lye mixed and ready for another batch after class!
During class, I may try a new blend of essential oils but I like to stick to things I know will turn out well. But, after class I get creative! Since my oldest daughter, who loves all this herbal stuff as much as I do, is at college most of the year, she doesn't get to make soap often. So I turned her loose with the essential oils and she created the newest variety of soap we have to offer. It's a blend of patchouli and lemon grass with a few other earthy scents. Very pleasant to smell and a lovely pale green color from the herbs. She calls it Woodstock. LOL! Who would has guessed?
My latest addition to the list of soaps we have for sale is Peppermint Swirl. It's a lovely bar of deep pink and cream waves with a bit of rose facial clay for exfoliating and peppermint essential oil to stimulate the senses.
Both of these new soaps have been added to The Cat's Meow Herbals page. You can visit there to see a list of herbal products we offer for sale. The list is always expanding!
Watch for the revival of an old favorite, Homeschool Soap, coming soon!
Much herbal love,
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