13 May, 2007

adventures in soapmaking

tried my hand at a new craft this week --
soap making.
the stuff that i did wasn't the complicated kitchen science of real, from-scratch soapmaking; i didn't get involved in the lard and the lye and the toxic vapors and all of that.
nope, this was simple melt-and-pour.
the results were okay -- not quite as exotic and exciting as i would like, but i learned the basics and what you can do with materials bought at a craft store. i think that to do the really good stuff and to make some really great soaps, you may need to procure some better quality materials -- better soap base, better scents, better colorants, better additives. and you may need to get into some of that more involved kitchen science soap making stuff.

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