Saturday, November 10, 2012
But anyway, I dyed a long silk scarf and got this colour, instead of the blue that I hoped for. But I loved the colour and it reminded me of some elastic that I picked up the the Good Shepherd, purely because I loved the colour, not because I had any use for a lot of elastic. I have no idea what I want to do with it. Although it probably could be designed as a very funky-something-to-wear if I were a bit younger and could carry off some funky clothing.
But back to the soap. I had one soap left of one of my favorites, the Madder soap with Neroli that I rather selfishly made just for myself. The colour was long gone and the scent wasn't really noticeable any longer either, but it was white and hard. I had loved the feel of it, the smell of it and I remember that the lather was really nice. So I grated it into a pot and poured some fresh cream on top, as well as a bit of coconut milk and some water. I heated it gently and stirred to melt the soap. Then I thought: Wouldn't it be nice to have a bit of colour? So I went to my stash shelf and picked op a jar of Rhubarb oil. Pink liquid soap! I've made a quite a few nice pink soaps using both Rhubarb oil and Rumex oil and I always really like the nice pinks I get. So I poured it in and magic: It turned this nice peachy orange. I was delighted.
With that colour the scent just had to be Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange and a bit of Sandalwood, for depth and a tiny dash of Cubea Litsea for a fresh top note. I added a little bit of Natrium benzoate a a preservative and some glycerin to help to keep it from clumping up. Now I just have to wait and see how it ages.
Since I don't have it in a pump, it won't really matter if it thickens a bit, but I would like to be able to make liquid soap that can survive in a pump without having to use KOH. The kids have been asking for that and I've been meaning to do some experiments. Although one of these day I'm sure that I will treat myself to 25 kg. of KOH and start to really experiment with liquid soap. But in the meantime I'm perfectly happy to compromise and rebatch my leftovers to get some liquid soap. It's so important to remember that it doesn't have to be perfect. That's the beauty of making stuff oneself. It's not only just fine if it is slightly imperfect, it's actually better. It's more human. It's more me.
- I’m a fun loving person who loves to do things, make things, grow things, repair things. I love it when my husband gives me power tools as presents! The next best thing is getting ingredients. Any type of ingredients, oils, pigments, building materials, old pieces of wood or used textiles, especially. I love the fact that anything can be made. Need glue? Well, go to the kitchen and make some! Don’t have a recipe for glue? Google it! (Isn’t the internet a fantastic invention) Need lettuce? Grow it! On a window sill if you don’t have a garden . I have two daughters, two dogs, one son in law and one husband. Born and bred in Iceland (I think that was a horrible mistake, I like warm weather and sun). Still live there though and of course I like it, really. But the weather could be better. I read a lot. Some fiction, but mostly factual books. I have an oppinion about most things. They may not be the right opinions, but I’ll stick to them unless you convince me otherwise. And I will change my mind give new facts and strong logic! I generally like my life. I like most people and love the fact that nothing that really matters to me can be taken away.