Today I am taking you outside the confines of my little craft corner to share another "craft" that I enjoy, though it did not start out that way.
Long story short, my son and I suffer from extremely sensitive skin and for years have lived with the side effects of using purchased soaps. As a young child I was often asked if I had ants in my pants because I was such a squirmy thing due to my skin itching so much. Several years ago I had read somewhere that all natural soaps, such as soap made from lye, are less irritating to the skin because they do not contain "detergents" as most store bought products do.
So began my adventure in soapmaking and now it is a chore that I rather enjoy. For many years I have left my soap uncolored, but with this last batch I gave coloring a go. It didn't work out so well, thus the little chunks of blue soap on my table. Once they are cured, I will shred them up and try it again by means of "rebatching".
Soapmaking led me to also make my own lotions as well, and here on my table is the batch I made this morning. It costs me 64 cents per bottle of lotion to make it myself, which is right up my alley, frugal as I am. This particular batch however, was made using emulsifying wax rather than my usual bee's wax, so technically it isn't 100% natural.
Hope you enjoy the new angle of my workdesk, which can migrate to any part of my home. Please drop by Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, to look at all the wonderful creative spaces that wonderful creators share.
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