I have been keeping myself pretty busy with preparing product and learning all I can about soaping. I have joined the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild (www.soapguild.org) and put my name in to be a part of a local farmer’s market.
I am excited to be a part of the farmer’s market, but also nervous. I really want to sell my product, but the farmer’s market is every Friday from May until the end of October! That’s a lot of product to prepare and stay on top of! I don’t want to shy away from the potential business, but I am hoping I can sign up just for a few days this summer and not have to sign up for all of them. I’m praying about it and hope God shows clear direction for me!
Also, I have been working on learning how to make liquid soap. Liquid soap is similar in process to making hot process bar soap, but instead of using sodium hydroxide to make soap from fats and oils, I need to use potassium hydroxide. Also, the process takes about 2 days to make liquid soap so it’s a bit time consuming, but I think totally worth the effort! I have a few body washes ready to ship to some testers to see what they think and then hopefully not long after that I’ll be able to post some to my etsy site! Yay!
I have also been working on some bath fizzies as well. I finally nailed down a recipe I liked and created a few, but unfortunately realized the colorant I used leaves a nasty ring around the tub! From what I researched, this is not unusual, but I do not like it. What’s the point of having a nice relaxing bath with a bath fizzy/ bath bomb and then having to spend then next couple of minutes scrubbing out the tub? A pain. The colorants I used said they were good for bath fizzies, but to me this is unacceptable. I pulled my fizzies off of my etsy site until I can determine if all of the colorants I used would cause the ring or just certain ones. I also have been researching other bath fizzy colorant suppliers. I think I found a contender, but they are a bit pricey between the actual product and the shipping costs 😦 . Oh well, I guess I have to suffer that to have a superior product! Anyway, I’ll leave you all some pics of the products I am working on!
Anyway, I guess that’s it for now. I hope to post some hot process soap pics next time and maybe with another soap recipe. I found a lye calculator online that has been even more helpful for me in creating soap recipes. www.soapcalc.net