Let’s face it. We all make mistakes. It’s not how many times you get knocked down…it’s how many times you get back up. We’ve lost a batch or two to mistakes made and we got back up by learning lessons from those mistakes and going forward with the new knowledge. Last night we had a failed batch. Superheat. Seizing. Separation. All of these are four letter words to the soaper. We had them all last night. One after another.
We started about 9:30 PM and ended up going to bed at 1:00 AM. We quickly learned how to “rebatch” (redo / do over) and hot process the soap. With some quick thinking and Amanda’s awesome positive “we can do this” attitude, we came through.
Hours and hours of research on the Internet gave us the ability to recover from a couple of newbie mistakes. This is why I love my wife. She encouraged me when I sat down in panic.
What am I talking about?
The latest batch: HoneyVanillaAndSomeMoreHoneyOatmealGoatMilkSealedWithAHotProcessedKissSoap. At least that’s my temporary nickname until she renames it.
And this morning…it wasn’t bad. In fact, she loves it! I’ll reserve judgement for a day or two.
We can’t wait to show off this batch. Here’s some background and quotes on honey soap:
- “The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside.” – Democritus (460-370 BC), Greek philosopher and physician who lived to be 109
- Women (and a few savvy men) through the ages have bathed in and used honey to keep their skin and hair radiant
- Madame du Barry, the infamous last mistress of Louis XV, used honey as a form of facial mask, lying down for a rest while the honey did its work.
- Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.
- It was said that Queen Anne of England used a honey and oil concoction to keep her long hair lustrous, thick and shiny.
- It was claimed that another famous Englishwoman, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, used her own secret recipe for a honey water to keep her hair beautiful.
- Chinese women have a tradition of using a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin blemish-free.