Melting solid oils with lye – my soaping experiment!!

What I love most about soapmaking is the opportunity it affords to combine science with design and creativity ……  And there’s just SO much to learn; so many soap-making and swirling techniques to experiment with, that I can’t ever imagine getting bored! This post is about 2 experiments in a single soap: a new method to make soap; and an experiment … Continue reading

Poppy Appeal Soap – and a mystery …..?!?

Here’s my entry for the “tall and skinny shimmy” or wall pour challenge: My inspiration for this soap was the annual Poppy Appeal – both because it’s the “season” (Armistice Day is on 11 November), and because we were recently on vacation in Belgium, where we visited the city of Ypres (or Ieper as it’s called in Flemish), Tyne Cot military cemetery and … Continue reading

Surprising soap – with Quince

We’ve had a bumper harvest of quince this year, so I’ve been busy looking for different ways to prepare or preserve the delicious, aromatic fruit – so that we can enjoy it now, but also in a few months time when the tree is completely bare! The quince looks a lot like a pear in colour and shape, but when it’s … Continue reading