January 26, 2009

Lights Out Soap!

I took the latest batch of my homemade goat's milk soap out of the molds today! These are fragrance free logs, nothing extra added but good, natural soap. This soap is actually no where near as yellow as it appears in the picture, but my camera does funky things with the lighting in my house.

Speaking of lighting, I could have used a bit more of it while I was making this particular batch of soap! I like to have everything set out and ready to go before I start mixing my soap ingredients, it is easier, cleaner and if things start to move quickly towards trace for some reason everything is organized right where I want it. The one thing I did not have ready to go and never thought I would need was a flashlight!

I was right in the middle of making this batch of soap the other evening, I had everything in my pot and I was standing there with my gloves and goggles (lye safety you know) and my stick blender just mixing away when all of a sudden everything went black, can't see your hand in front of your face black. "Oh you have got to be kidding me!" I exclaimed.. (OK that isn't exactly what I said, but that is the kid friendly version) Of course my first thought was, "we did pay the electric bill, didn't we?" I don't know why that is always my first thought, we always pay our electric bill and our service has been notoriously unreliable in the past, but for some reason that thought always pops into my mind first.

Luckily after only standing in the dark for about 5 minutes the lights came back on and I was able to finish my batch of soap with no ill effects or further problems. I am just glad I wasn't in the middle of pouring it in the molds when the lights went out!


Patrice Farmer said...

Wow...that is amazing. What recipe do you use?

DayPhoto said...

Since I USED to make soap and one of my daughters still does I am impressed in how beautiful yours looks.


Alix said...

Now excuse my ignorance please, but do you make your soap to sell retail, or just for family use.

I would LOVE to know the process - it sounds so interesting.

I bought some gorgeous soap and lotion from Mary at Annie's Goat Hill, and now I'm hooked of course. No more dime a dozen commercially made (aka easy access) soap for me! Now I gotta order. With pleasure, I might add.

Love, love, love your blog.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

Jenn, LOL, it wasn't difficult to come up with a name for that soap! It looks nice. I have to pretty much be alone, with no interruptions, when I make soap, you did well with a "lights out" scenario!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Last night I was on YouTube, watching a sorts SoapMaking 101 class. More involved than I thought it would be. What technique do you use.

Did you read yesterdays post of mine? I told about my camera.

Anonymous said...

I feel so durty just looking at that gorgeous soap,great job;)

Anonymous said...

Oh goodness, isn't that how it is when we're in the middle of doing something like us on New Year's Eve when the power went o ut and my Mom was in the middle of making us supper too but luckily we had a generator though but it was awfully dark in the kitchen but we ate in our living room where there were lights. But here, the power goes off quite a lot every year though!

Claire said...

I look at that picture and see soap, but all I can think is "Butter!"

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

Thank you all for your nice comments! I always really appreciate them!

~~~~~~Tonia said...

I want to eventually make some soap. but I think I will just make it for us and make enough to last a while.. I have had a hard time finding all the ingredients unless I order online.. SO I guess I will have to do that..
On the color on your camera have you checked the settings? mine has one for natural color, black and white, sepia and one other I cant remember... Maybe its on one of those..