Monday, November 8, 2010
After receiving an order of good smelling bottles from the lovely Helen at fresholi.com, I set about making some more soap. My first attempt was OK, several people have told me they like it, but being unscented wasn´t much fun. And the ¨brik¨ milk boxes I used were an odd size.
So I made 2 new batches - one with castor oil and scented with lemongrass and lavendar essential oils(the ovals), one with sweet almond oil and scented with West Indian sandalwood and cinnamon (the brown.) I used plastic oval milk bottles for the castor oil batch and smaller liter milk cartons for the cinnamon. I discovered that I had to cut the ¨mold¨ completely apart, and I´m concerned that with some of the new ¨soap¨ stuck to the plastic, it won´t recycle very well. Then I rebatched (remilled) the remaining ugly bars of the original by grating it with a cheese grater and heating with a little water over a double boiler at a low simmer, adding eucalyptus EO, and pouring into molds. I´d found some soap molds and stamps at a craft store in California (boy do I miss gigantic craft stores) and bought a couple to play with. The new ones, except for the rebatched pretty ones, have to age until before Christmas.
I´d like to come up with a shaving soap and a good, heavy duty, cleansing hand soap with some kind of mild abrasive - coffee? Sand? Pumice?
In other news - we´re moving funds around to take with us for the closing. I´ll try to do a more detailed post on real estate transactions, because frankly half the time I´m baffled.
And we´re now quivering with excitement at the prospect of brush clearing. So any recommendations regarding work boots, gloves, etc., and especially good quality hand tools - what to look for and where to purchase them would be appreciated.