Hey Yall, have you ever wondered what are the tools of the trade for soap making? Well, I would like to give you a quick rundown of what I use.
First, a good scale, this is a must. I also need measuring cups, and lots of them. The measuring cups hold the fragrance or essential oils that will scent the soap. They are also handy for mixing the herbs that go into some of our soaps. There are different sizes for different needs. Some of the larger ones are used when I do multiple colors. Next would be the plastic buckets that I use to make the soap batter. I do use smaller ones for the smaller batches when needed. Lol, a little less mess to clean up, and I’m all about less mess. You should see how many tools/dishes I wash for each batch…crazy, I tell ya. I also use plastic drink pitchers to mix up the lye and water. Of course these are labeled so that there is no mistaking what is in there, in an effort to avoid an accident. There are also various spoons, slotted, ladles, measuring spoons, and just spoons for stirring.
For me the piece de resistance would have to be my purple stick blender. Soap can be made without a stick blender…but that takes way too long. Using a good stick blender helps the oils, butters and lye mix up rather nicely. And it makes quick work of that part too.
Then I have a good mold to pour the soap batter into to rest and saponify. Molds come in many different shapes and sizes. I prefer to use log molds. I do have several others that I use on a whimsy, or for overflow when my soap batter is more than my molds will hold for a certain batch. A good soap cutter is also a must. I make a lot of soap, so I need something to hold the soap while it cures. I use cardboard boxes. These are just the necessities to measure and make the soap.
There are a few what I call luxuries, and for me that was my bakers rack. I use this to hold the soap molds while the soap is saponifying. Then I use it to hold my soap as it’s curing for the first few days. Other luxuries would be heavy duty metal oil warmers and lye tanks. I see those in my future…
I hope this gave you a quick look at all the tools that I use. Most of the same ones used in my kitchen. Soap making is like cooking. But as my son will tell ya, I make better soap than I cook. Be sure to check out our soaps.
Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,
Hey Yall, another of my favorite essential oils is Patchouli…specifically East Indian Patchouli. Now, don’t turn your nose up when I mention Patchouli…at least not just yet…let me finish before you do…I might just change your mind, lol.
Patchouli is one of those scents you either love it or hate it…there seems to be no in between that I have seen. I have to be honest, when I first started making products and had to use Patchouli essential oil, I would hold my nose…I was one of those that just didn’t like it…but it was needed to anchor some of my most popular scents…so I used it. Well as luck would have it, I had misplaced a bottle of Patchouli essential oil in the back of my oil supply cabinet. I say luck, cause if you know me, I’m so OCD that all my oils are in alphabetical order, so there is no way for things to get lost…it just doesn’t happen…but I digress. So I’m looking for an essential oil and I come across this “old” bottle of Patchouli…and I know it’s old…cause I date everything…OCD I tell ya. Anyway, it was about 4 years old, so I opened it to check and see if it was still good to use for personal use. Can you say OMGawd!!!! This stuff was the most amazing smelling Patchouli I had EVER smelled…and from then on I have been a lover of Patchouli.
After doing some research, I have found that Patchouli essential oil is like a fine wine…the more it ages the better it gets. This will also enhance any blend that the aged Patchouli has been added to…gives it more depth. Sorta hard to explain, but yall know how good my soaps and other products with Patchouli smell…nuff said!
Patchouli has typically been associated with the 60’s and the hippie movement. Maybe I’m just an old hippie born in the wrong decade…but I have to tell you about this sweet little girl that buys soaps from me, well her Mama buys the soaps. This sweet child is all of 11 and as you might have guessed she loves my Patchouli soap…her Mama has tried to steer her to some of the Lavenders or other girlie scents…and she stands her ground and tells her Mama she wants the Patchouli…oh my a girl after my own heart. Gotta love it!
Patchouli also has some health benefits such as antidepressant, anit-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, deodorant, insecticide and sedative. As with any essential oil, always use caution. Always add to a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil. This information is based on historic use of Patchouli, for general reference, and our own personal experiences with Patchouli. In no way do we claim to cure, treat or prevent any disease.
Check out our Patchouli soap. Geaux ahead…I dare ya!
Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,