But usually when it comes time for him to select a new bar of soap, he doesn't seem too concerned about what the bar looks or smells like. He'll say, "I need some more soap for my gym bag." And I'll ask, "Which kind do you want?" And he'll answer, "I don't care, as long as it smells manly."
And I'll go into the soap room, come back with a few paper bags of manly-smelling soap, and prepare to tell him all about his choice of scents and the aesthetic qualities of each bar. After I present the first bar, he'll usually say, "Okay, I'll take that one." And I'll say, "Don't you want to see the rest?" To which he replies, "No, I like this one."
Maybe he loves all of my soaps so much that he knows that no matter which bar he ends up with, it will be extraordinary. Last time, he got the last bar of my honey soap.
And so a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised when our new-soap-for-the-gym-bag conversation went like this:
"I need some more soap for my gym bag."
"Which kind do you want?"
"I'll take another bar of the honey soap."
"That was the last bar. I don't have any more."
He turned to me with this worried look on his face and said, "What? You're going to make more, aren't you?"
My heart melted, I tells ya.
|Slab mold lined with bubble wrap|
The first thing I did for my honey soap was cut some bubble wrap to fit the bottom of my slab mold. Then I placed it textured-side up in my mold. (By the way, I love that my acrylic slab mold from Soap Making Resource doesn't have to be lined. Yippee!)
Next, I got my oils ready. For this batch, I used olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, and shea butter. Once my oils were cool, I mixed in my fragrance oil, Honey (L'Occitane Type) by Elements Bath and Body. This fragrance is super-yummy and strong - I used it at .5oz./per pound of oils and that was plenty for me. There are a few fragrance oils that I want to drink, and this is certainly one of them.
|Honey dissolved in warm water|
|Pouring soap (l); soap in the mold with dividers (r)|
I lightly insulated with a single towel layer and checked my soap often to make sure it wasn't overheating.
Now my honey just needs to wait a few weeks for the soap to cure and then he can have more honey soap for his gym bag! (I'm going to steal a few bars for myself, too. Shhh, don't tell him.)
So, tell me, my soapy friends, do you love honey in your soap, or do you looooooooooooove honey in your soap?