Take a Bow

Well, well, well I could hardly wait yesterday to cut my first batch of cold process soap. I had such a great time making it and it looked great going into the mold it just had to be a success, right? Right? WRONG. Ugh…take a bow Michelle, you have won the award for worst soap maker! Take a gander at this calamity:

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Yep that’s right, epic fail. But hey, I’m a glass-half-full type of lady. So I plan to let this cure for the normal 6 -8 weeks and if it doesn’t work as soap, I can shred it up and use it as homemade laundry detergent.

An oops is always better than a what if!

Much lover, Michelle

Soap is my Dope.

Well today, I FINALLY had time to make my very first batch of cold process soap – and what an adventure it was. I used the Bramble Berry Beginner’s Cold Process Soap Kit

Beginners Cold Process Soap Kit

(This is not an affiliate link. I just like Bramble Berry).

It included everything I needed. Except… I didn’t remember that the box was supposed to be the mold – oops.

Anyway, this is me:

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This is me making cold process soap:

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Any questions? Just kidding, don’t ask me questions, because I really don’t know much about this yet. Honestly, mixing the lye water is probably the worst part of this project. The rest was more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.

The one important thing I have learned is this. People are often afraid of lye in soap. BUT, here’s the deal. After 24 hours, the soap is cut and set to cure for 6 to 8 weeks. The process of curing is called saponification. During this time, the lye reacts with the oils to form soap and glycerin. There is NO LYE in the final product. Interesting huh? Glycerin works to moisturize the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer. It also forms a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss. As it turns out, store-bought soap, has the glycerin removed. Companies do this because they can sell the glycerin separately to make greater profit. So, if you’ll notice, when buying a bar of “soap” at the store, they are not allowed to label it soap. They must label it as a “beauty bar”,  “body bar”, or “face bar”.

So, in my journey for cleaner, softer skin, I’m going to give this a shot. Keeping skin moisturized can be tough. Especially in this, sometimes harsh, mid-western climate.

Here are a couple more pics of my amazing soap-making experience:

And…here’s my finished soap, poured into the mold.

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It needs to set for at least 24 hours before I can take it out of the mold and cut it. So, stay tuned, tomorrow afternoon will be the cutting ceremony for my very first (and maybe my last?) truly handmade product. Gah! I can hardly wait.

See you on the flip-side!

Peachily Yours, Michelle 🙂

 

Is This Real? Am I a Blogger?

Hi Everyone, Michelle here. I’m an old dog just trying to learn some new tricks. WordPress is completely new to me, but here we go! So I started my blog to connect with other domestic goddess wannabe’s like myself. I own and operate a residential cleaning business and love to create and write all about, you guessed it, CLEANING. I’m am so anxious to share and learn with everyone! My business name is Peachy Clean. That’s also where you’ll find me on YouTube & Facebook. Blogging, here I come!

Will the Real Peachy Clean Please Stand Up?

They say a smile is the best form of introduction 😎. Hey, I’m Michelle, aka “Peachy” and I am so excited to be here. I am the owner of Peachy Clean, a residential cleaning business in Springfield, MN.  I am also an aspiring YouTuber, Soaper, and now…a blogger? Online community building is what I’m all about and I’m taking it on as a new challenge. It can be scary to put yourself out there right? Well at least it is for me – but it’s all going to pay off in the end because there are so many good things in store. Like meeting  you for example. So please, introduce yourself and lets be friends. We can talk about so many wonderful things. In the meantime, feel free to check me out on social media. Facebook and YouTube are my main gigs. Much Love, Peachy.

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