One more thing to cross of my ever growing list.
Yes, I made Soap!
And what an interesting process this was, The soap I made consisted of four ingredients only, It was just amazing to watch these basic ingredients of oil, water and sodium hydroxide whip up into a softly scented smooth paste of soap! I am very keen to look further into the chemistry behind the process now... At first I could not imagine lathering olive oil and caustic soda onto my skin, but I was just amazed to watch it transform. Can anyone suggest a good Soap Making Book, I am keen to try a few different processes and ingredients now. There will certainly be a lot more regular soap making sessions going on around here...
My first batch I made was the basic recipe, the second batch I added essential lavender oil, the third I added a good handful of ground oats and drizzle of honey.
My final batch was made with grated fresh kaffir lime rind, which I have been told is particularly good for your skin...a bit more research needed into this one though, might need to dry the rind first as it cooked when it hit the soap mixture...
I also forgot to grease the tin on this one so I'll wait until it cures, chunk it out and use it in a soap bag. Looks a bit like Cake doesn't it, well it was just as rewarding to make that's for sure.
Now waiting with much anticipation until it cures, approx 4 - 6 weeks. I can't wait to try it!