I still can’t believe that this time last year I had no idea that there was a whole world of handcrafted soapmaking out there. I’m specifically talking about cold-process soapmaking and not the whole melt & pour stuff which I had seen but wasn’t so intrigued by.
My first batch of soap was made in a silicone loaf tin and made with whatever ingredients I had in the kitchen, which included olive oil, sunflower oil and a lot of shea butter (looking back on this it was far too much shea butter).
I scented it with fennel and lavender essential oils and wanted to call it Liquorice Lavender. In my mind I had imagined that it would be black with beautiful purple swirls.
Despite my naivety it was a very exciting and fun process.
Unfortunately the only good thing to come of it was the amazing scent. Other than that the colour of the charcoal was a strange pale grey (I didn’t use enough). While the purple food colouring completely disappeared the moment it was exposed to air!
The lavender topping dragged through when I cut into the slices and the lavender I included inside went a horrible orange-brown.
The family loved it though. Bless them. Most of the bars were used up but about half the batch was left over (I made 1.5kg oil weight).
I didn’t want to throw away the batch for sentimental reasons so kept them until recently. I decided to cut them up into small square embeds.
They were put to good use.