Secondo and I went up to Quakertown PA today to learn all about making soap. Well, that's what we thought we were learning about, anyway. We ended up finding out that there is a lot more to it than first meets the eye, which is also valuable information.
We did learn a lot about adding botanicals and herbs and other wholesome earthy things to soap, though.
We made green tea soap (front left); lavender and lemongrass soap (front right); oatmeal, milk and honey goat's milk soap (our favorite); gardener's goat's milk soap, with cornmeal to act as an abrasive; and soap with a piece of loofah right in the middle, which is the blue one he is holding up.
It inspired Secondo, so we purchased some basic melt and pour supplies—one of the things we learned is we are not quite ready to try a from-scratch cold process soap. He wanted to try the gardener's soap on his own, with a different fragrance he had picked out.
The results were a little uneven but he was pleased for the most part. He has decided to give out the soaps as samples to get some feedback. He already has visions of a little soap-crafting business, of course.
The best part of the day, by far, was spending some quality one-on-one time with him. Too often he is caught between the time demands of his older and younger siblings, and he and I don't have the chance to spend time together. This part of the day, at least, worked out just the way I had hoped.