What Soap Has Taught Me
Learned From Soap
No matter how seemingly insignificant, finding a reason to wake up in the morning is beneficial to myself and everyone around me. Even if its just to unmold my soap from the day before.
That soap cleans more than bodies, hair and clothes.
The process of making soap, some how, has begun to clean my soul. Oh, I know, that’s a cheesy statement. Yet, deep in my heart, its true. I feel as if I’m interested and curious about things. My heart feels lighter and I’m more willing to reach out to other people. Anything that can get a person to be creative, connect with others and filled with possibilities has to have some special power. It certainly has healed parts of me, parts I didn’t know needed healing, let-alone cleaning. I will refrain from using the word, “magic” too loosely and still… I feel deeply renewed.
I’ve also learned that I want to give things to people. Not just soap, but suggestions, a new way to see a mistake (happy accident) and support. I’ve always been like that, but more now than ever before. I think, if someone is feeling poorly, that a bar of soap would make them happy. Happy to care for themselves, something to look forward to (taking a bath or shower) and pleased the world has such gifts.
It makes me incredibly happy to see my soaps find a home. I would give all my soaps away, and… By offering them for sale, I can finance the love of my art-craft, meet people I might not meet and keep others (suppliers) happy too.
I’ve also learned that the soaping community is welcoming, highly creative and sharing. I’ve been in many groups and communities, both on and off line, and this, by far has been one of the most generous groups of people I’ve been around yet. The people in these groups share their prized recipes, soaping secrets, suppliers and tricks mostly openly. I have witnessed these same people offer support to new soapers who are at an impasse, need cheering up after being let down from 24 hours waiting on a soap only to see it took a wrong turn, helping them find the “gold” in the situation and discover what could be improved.
Oh, I’ve learned a lot about soap, about oils, a little chemistry, scents and color combinations, but even if my soaping education goes no further, which I highly doubt, I’ve already been given many gifts.
If it hadn’t been for a previously failed businesses, I would not have begun soaping. Thanks weird world, for that failure. Thanks soap!
Because of this process I have written a book, “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” read it here:
In this Enchanted book I share techniques and practices how to get inspired and stay inspired, soap dough recipes and insights about the soap dough molding process.
There is a new book in the making!
This new book is an entire recipe soap book. Not just recipes, any of the 20 recipes can be used successfully for soap dough, but oil/butter charts, detailed note sheets, flow sheets and many more to keep you and your soaps organized. You can add to this book and make it your own.
“A Soap Recipe Book of Light & Shadows” will be available for download or arrive in your mailbox (an actual book) by Thanksgiving, 2016!
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