Why I Love Making Soap!
The soap above was actually made in NYC! I travelled up to New York and took a weekend intensive to learn advanced swirling, layering, mica lines and embedding soap balls. I also tried my hand at using soap in a frosting bag and making soap cupcakes and also made my first wine and beer soaps. I had a blast! And it was so much fun to network and make new soapy friends! This all happened in 2009 and still makes me smile. I actually ran into a woman who I met there at the TN Soap Conference in Feb this year. It is a small soaper’s world.
I had first heard about soapmaking when I was on AOL many years ago, about 1998. I was looking for information on another craft and came across a message board on soapmaking. I started reading, asking questions and then ordered a soap kit from one of the suppliers on the message board. I got my kit and was so freakin’ excited! I opened it and then was in a quandary, WHAT was I going to use for a soap mold, had not a clue. I called the company ( Rainbow Meadows) and asked and was kindly told I could use PVC pipe or downspout/gutter pipe. So I went to Home Depot and used gutter pipe and it was perfect! Had scallopey edges on all sides when sliced and looked very pretty. I could not believe I made this wonderful product myself to use and share and I was definitely hooked!
I love this craft that is an art and science both and appeals to both side of my brain , my eyes and most of all my nose. I love experimenting with all the scents and the colors and using wine or beer or milk or juice to make wonderful soaps. Some of the experiments go a bit haywire but that adds to trying to figure what went wrong. I try to push my skill level envelope and try new things and techniques by participating in soap challenges which are a lot of fun. Another addiction is watching soap tutorials on you tube – I have subscribed to many and am always fascinated by them. I get as mesmerized by them as Dory does in Finding Nemo.
Soapers are a great group of people- and yes there are women and men soapers. They share allot and each support each other in our businesses.
I have even been teaching soapmaking over the past several years and it is always so much fun helping someone to make their first batch of soap. I love it and seeing that creativity sparkle and grow.
But of course there is one down side to making soap~ the cleanup. But it is definitely worth it when you up your batch and see what’s inside!
What soaps are you wild about?
So glad you share the love of Soap making! Your journey sounds amazing, and this soap is beautiful =) (I also don’t like the clean-up part!)
Thanks Anne-Marie! Was so great to meet you at the Alabama Gathering! Love your awesomeness and got my sample of the Ginger Patchouli- lovin that scent! 🙂