21 hours ago
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!