Well my sodium hydroxide (aka lye) arrived yesterday. Yippee!! My daughter and will be making soap either tomorrow or the following day.
Along with some dependable recipes I created years ago, I’m experimenting with a few new recipes which use a variety of herbs/essential oils. After some tweaks I’m sure I’ll introduce them into my natural skin care product line. Yesterday I checked the shed to make sure I had all my soapmaking supplies; my solid oils (coconut, jojoba, cocoa butter, and palm oil) pots, and immersion blender, are ready to be used. I can’t wait to make some homemade soap since most of the store bought soap would fall under my definition of ‘laundry bars’. They aren’t that conditioning, and filled with a lot of unnecessary ingredients that the body really doesn’t need.
Also, after dragging my feet for several years… I’m finally placing my order for Honeybees! I’ve always been fascinated by these critters. What’s held me off, was my involvement in other things, but now I’m ready to welcome them into our backyard. Here in Maryland, you have to register your bee colony, and so my paperwork will be sent after the Thanksgiving holiday.
We’ll be sure to post pictures of our soapmaking adventures, and when spring rolls around (Lord willing) I’ll post pictures of the honeybees set up on our property. Their hive will be set up in our woods.