My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!
(And I found my camera, but not until after making the soap, which is why you have shots of the finished product and not the process.)
And it wasn't that hard. The hardest bit was getting around to doing it. It's not a very kid-friendly activity, what with the caustic soda and all, so I needed to fit it into a kid-free slot. So yesterday I put off the thrilling job of house cleaning and instead, I made soap!
And this morning I unwrapped the towels and voila! (Can you tell I'm just a little bit chuffed?)
I used a recipe from Frugal Kiwi's blog here. Except I substituted 100ml of coconut oil and 100ml of ricebran oil for 200ml of the olive oil. I also added some lavender essential oil - Frugal Kiwi says about 30ml, and I added about 20ml and unless you are a real perfumey person, even that might have been a bit much. Smells a little like Granny's linen closet round here this morning! But then again, that might wear off a bit once it's cured.
So now I wait for about a month. Then I'll test the bars with some pH test paper to make sure it's not caustic anymore. And then.....I get to have a shower with my very own homemade soap!! (Yes, very chuffed!)