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June 17th, 2002
Soap!

Today I made soap :)

First, I scoured TWO Goodwill Stores for equipment, sprung for a digital scale, bought oils, and fats, and lye, and goatmilk, and lugged it all home. Next, I spread everything out, measured, melted, poured, stirred, and otherwise kept myself busy for the better part of an hour making fun chemical reactions.

Finally, there is a shoebox of soap curing in my bathroom. Woohoo!

Some thoughts…a little web research revealed that it is normal for goatmilk to turn bright orange when the lye is added. Whew. It is also normal for it to stink to the gods for the first few days. Whew (and pee-yew!). Tomorrow, I think we will attempt to fragrance a batch :)

Great find of the day: Ginger Preserves. Where have the British been hiding these all these years?? That stuff is truly delectable. The lamb recipe it was purchased for is still too lamby for my taste, but I could eat those preserves straight from the jar. Must practice restraint…

Posted by Claire at 11:46 PM | Soap Habit | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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