Monday, September 19, 2011

First Class!

Our first class will be next Sunday, September 25, at 1 pm in San Jose. Parking is tight so best carpool if you can. Please let me know if you are coming so that I have enough supplies (and I can send you detailed directions).

I made another batch of soap last night and this one went perfectly. We will have plenty of castille (olive oil) soap to play with for milling.

Feel free to bring your own additives (such as essential oils and pretty much any food-safe plant matter) next week and we can try them out. The essential oils and some additives (such as dried flowers) can also be used in the bath bombs.

Here is a website with soap ideas:

See you next week!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Adventures at pH 14

Soapmaking is not as forgiving (or edible) as candymaking, which I learned/remembered tonight. I tried to make a little batch to play with for the Academy workshop in two weeks and things went really well and much faster than I remembered. So I poured it all into the mold immediately.


Now I have a batch of "well, let's see what we end up with" instead of a batch of soap. Ah, well. There always tomorrow night.

And clean up will be much easier (if less yummy) than for candymaking.

Sometimes you don't know what you know. And sometimes you don't know that you don't know what you think you know. So practice first.