I'm back from the hotness that was Montana with my parents who have no AC back to my WA which is just as hot and I have no AC. I got home to an 89 degree house and it got up to 92 in the house. I don't think I've ever seen it that hot in my house before. I'm not sure my thermostat goes above 92 degrees. You know it's hot when the temp on your thermostat starts blinking. I have a fan setting on my thermostat which I don't think I've ever used before. I decided to turn it on with the cool setting. Whoa the temp stopped blinking when I did that. That's a good thing I guess. The temp has gone down 1 degree already since I turned it on about 5 mins ago. We'll see how good this fan works. I've set myself up a little bed downstairs in case it doesn't cool off enough to sleep. I sure as heck ain't sleeping in a 90 degree bed that's for sure. I don't think my parents place even got that hot. It's almost 10 degrees warmer inside the house than it is out. Is it time to invest in A/C?
Thought I would post and let you all know how my first attempt at soap making went. All in all I think it went pretty well. Only one thing didn't go as well as I had hoped. I bought some dye for soap making but either the lye ate it up or I didn't put enough in because it doesn't look like it changed color at all after I put it in. I did mix it with water before I added it but it doesn't look like it took. Not a big deal. Everything else seemed to go well. Thanks to Serra for being online while I was making my soap so I could ask questions while I was making it. Here's the recipe I ended up using with Serra's helpful suggestions I ended up adding a few more things to my recipe than I had originally planned.
2 oz castor oil 6 oz coconut oil 2 oz mango butter 10 oz olive oil 2 oz palm kernel 2 oz shea butter 8 oz lard 10 oz water 4.3 oz lye
I also found it might be a good idea to get a 2nd thermometer and a scale that goes to two decimal places would also be helpful. I also used lavendar scent for this batch. I filled up the mini mold that holds 9 bars and I scraped the bowl with a spatchula and put the scrapings into a single mold I got from Ben Franklin. The soap is currently in the garage inside a plastic grocery bag and covered in a blanket. Tomorrow I'll check on it and attempt to get the soap out of the molds.
As most of you know I've been making soy candles for a couple of years now mostly as gifts for friends and relatives or for myself to enjoy. Haven't gotten into the whole selling business and not sure if I will or not. If someone wants to buy some off me I wouldn't say no but I'm not going to advertise it. Anyway I've decided to delve into the world of soap making. Well I haven't started yet I am just waiting for the soap mold to arrive which should be here tomorrow from Kelsei's. I have everything else I need: Lye, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Mango Butter, and Shea Butter. That should make a pretty good soap. I think my first concotion will be a lavendar soap. I have a sample of some of Serra's Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey scent which I've found to love that scent after buying a bar of it from a guy at work who's wife makes soap and I just love it. Serra claims she has the best but so does Rita at Kelsei's so I might have to try both and see for myself which one is really the best.