I dare to say that I am desperately waiting for the maple syrup season to begin. I have a new maple syrup evaporator arriving for this season and I’m super excited to get going making maple syrup. In the meantime, while waiting for the right conditions for maple syrup, I have been entertaining myself with making some soaps. I started making cold process soap over 15 years ago. I retired all my equipment about ten years ago, so I got it all out and started looking over my notes.
Well, I got started with a Clementine Buttermilk soap. This is an old favourite recipe of mine – it never lets me down, although the scent is new for me. This Clementine buttermilk will be ready in about six weeks.
Then I made a Vanilla/Amber and used my homemade vanilla ice cream as the liquid.
The next night, I made a buttermilk recipe again and scented it with Lily of the Valley. This turned into a very pretty white soap.
Next came a whipping cream base scented with peach, I layered this one so that the bottom half was white, the next layer was gold/yellow and the top was a pink peach tone. This picture is right out of the mold, first slice, before any trimming is done. I like to smooth the edges of my soaps – when the soap dries, the edge can be sharp and unpleasant, when trimmed, it rolls in your hands. Sometimes I cut these down into travel size bars, that way you can take your favourite soap with you when you travel and not feel bad about leaving a bit behind. The travel size is also wonderful in a guest bathroom – you can change it out after your company leaves! And use it seasonally, Christmas Soaps at Christmas etc. – this Springtime Peach is wonderful….when? Springtime, of course!
Nanaimo bar soap was next and I scented this with Creme Brulee, Nanaimo bars have kind of custard smell, so I thought Creme Brulee worked well. I think Nanaimo bars, a favourite dessert, might be known as a Canadian treat. I’ve never seen it in my travels outside of Canada. Because of the layering and scenting, it was a fun soap to challenge!
This week, Dara Howell proved herself to be the best in the world when she won the Gold Medal at the Olympics in Slopestyle Skiing. It was an amazing accomplishment and one would have a better chance of winning a lottery than to win a gold medal at the Olympics! Our whole town is proud of Dara Howell and her accomplishment. Personally, it made me want to do something very “Canadian”, so I made a Maple and Honey soap! I used honey from my own farm and maple syrup that I processed last year here on the farm. It’s layered soap – honey on the bottom and maple on the top. This picture shows what a cold process soap looks like in the mold. I’m pretty excited about this one and expect it to do very well at the Farmers’ Markets this summer!
So, I know I titled this four types of cold process soap, but included six. If you would like the recipes I used, comment below, if you would like a custom soap made, comment below and I will work with you on that. And if you would just like to share your story, comment below!