-posted by Jayne
First things first.... We're finally on instagram!
Now, to the real point of this blog. Today I will give you a little pictorial demonstration on part of the soap-making process. These pictures cover the basics after the lye has been added to the oils. Consider it part two in a two part series (read: I had an assistant to take pictures during this part - thanks Katie!).
|This is what the soap looks like after the lye has been|
added to the oils. I have added Rose Clay and am mixing
with my immersion blender.
|Once the mixture has reached "trace" (it leaves a trace |
when you drizzle it over the top of the mixture)
we pour it into the mold.
There were a lot of bees in the honey house that day, which is why I am hiding under a hat. I had a bad experience with a bee that got in my hair!
|This is what the soap looks like after it has been poured|
in the molds. Molds are lined with freezer paper.
|Some varieties go through what is called "gel phase,"|
meaning they heat up and begin to gel in the mold.
Some soap makers believe this helps set the scent.
At this point, the soap is covered with a layer of freezer paper, a wooden lid, and allowed to set overnight to thicken. Twenty four hours later, it will still be soft, like the consistency of cheese. This is when we cut the soap.