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Soap Making Tools of the Trade

Soap Making Tools

Soap Making Tools

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,

Sandy

Shea Butter

Shea Butter

Shea Butter

Our luxurious Shea butter is expeller pressed and unrefined.  Shea butter comes from the Karite tree (Shea) and is indigenous to Africa.  Shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing properties, and has been used to protect and condition skin that has been damaged.  Shea butter is becoming ever popular in the natural skin care industry, and we agree for good reason.

Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals.  This makes it an intense moisturizer for dry skin.  Due to the soothing nature of Shea butter, it’s great for rough, dry or chapped skin.  Shea butter is also good for damaged hair.  Since Shea butter is beneficial for so many skin conditions it is a perfect ingredient in our products.  Shea butter will easily penetrate the skin, which allows it to breathe without clogging pores.

Some popular uses for Shea butter include daily moisturizer, soothing sunburn, minimize skin peeling after sunburn, reduce or prevent stretch marks, soothes skin after shaving, soothes cracked skin.

All of our soaps contain Shea butter.  As well as our lotions and lotion bars which are chock full of Shea butter.

Please note, we are NOT making any medical claims.  Shea butter is not a cure all.  However, our clients report that it has helped with many skin conditions.  #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy

Country Life

Hey Yall, as most of you know we live in the country, so here’s a day in the life of some good ole country boys and girls.  Aaah, country life…it don’t get no better than this.    Hubby invites a few of his work buddies, our son, our daughter, her boyfriend, and my grown adopted daughter and her hubby that used to live next door, over for a day of target shooting.  So most everyone shows up around 9.  And I’m thinking GREAT!  I have time to soap today and get a few necessary things done…more on that later….Everybody brings out the small guns, big guns and everything in between…all the bragging starts about who can out shoot who.  All of this moves out of my house to the area outside where the target practice is to take place…ah, peace and quite….HA!

Who are you kidding.  Ya hear tap, tap tap.  Ok, so they brought out the small guns first…and everybody is taking turns.  It continues tap, tap, tap.  Then someone does it really fast taaaappppp, taaaaaappppp, taaaaaaappppp.  Show off.  Ok, so much for the peace and quite.  So I decide while there is no one inside, I’ll make some healthy truffles…yummo!  As they are being made, seems that it was break time…barely get any to the fridge, before they are all gone.

Skeet with shot hole

Skeet with shot hole

Ok, onto the next cooking project…getting supper in the crock pot…cutting up chicken…and I hear boom, boom boom.  Yeah, not gonna be a quite day to get things done.  Chicken is cut up, seasoned and tossed into the crock pot…supper is ON!  Then our daughter comes in and says, Mama, I feel so bad, those guys have not had anything to eat…should I go pick up some pizzas?  LOL, oh, such a funny girl!  But a true southern woman, after my own heart.  She knows these guys gotta have something to eat to keep their energy up for shooting.  Pizzas ordered and picked up….break time, again….and all these girls and guys come in for pizza…no beer.  Listening to who shot the best, or better yet says they shot the best is too funny.

All this time, I’m trying to make it out to the studio…still not there yet.  As the daughter and the adopted daughter decide they need to hone their skill….Memaw is now babysitting…wait what happened to a day in the studio….so everyone is back out target practicing…Memaw is watching babies…then it’s kaboom, kaboom, kaboom….oh, yeah, they brought out all the big guns.

Shot skeet

Shot skeet

So a day of country life, skills have been honed or improved…something every good American country boy and girl needs to do.  Ha, was there any soap made…nah, but the memories of my grandson, spending time with the girls and guys and such will remain.  That’s just one of the beauties of living the country life, we are FREE to have a full day of target shooting and skill improvement.  Everyone goes home content…babies are happy, hubby is happy, and MeMaw….well she will soap another day.  #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy