Sunday’s soaper…

But the Soaper on a Sunday,

Is wrapping and blogging,

and creating a recipe with shea

Wrapping soap

Or in my case, being grateful that my super sister Kathy wraps the soaps and bath fizzies for me!

Monday’s Soaper is cleaning the soap room for  a week of “toil”,

Tuesday’s Soaper is making a master batch of oil;

Wednesday’s Soaper is making soaps,

Thursday’s Soaper is cutting and stamping soaps;

Friday’s Soaper is impatiently awaiting the cure,

Saturday’s Soaper is taking a photo for a brochure;

But the Soaper on a Sunday,

Is wrapping and blogging, and creating a recipe with shea.

The Soaper’s Week

by Karen Zimmer

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Saturday’s Soaper is taking a photo for a brochure

Photo boothLights! Camera! Inanimate objects like soap don’t have a lot of action, but living with a border collie takes care of that last one!

One corner of my soap office is dedicated to my photo booth for product shots.

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Friday’s Soaper is impatiently awaiting the cure

Handcrafted soap needs to cure for 4-6 weeks.

Why you may ask?

Soap Curing1. Soap finishes “saponifying” a scientific term for oils + sodium hydroxide = soap + glycerin. This wait means a more mild bar of soap!

2. Moisture evaporates which leads to a harder bar of soap. Hard bars can last longer in your shower than soft bars.

3. Patience is a virtue. Let’s just say I struggle mightily with this particular behavior so soaping is helps me work on this particular personality trait…flaw?

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Thursday’s Soaper is cutting and stamping soaps

Cutting Soap

My handy dandy soap cutter –> consistent bars of soap.  (Eyeballing 1″ while trying to cut each bar is not as easy as you might imagine…)

I love my new soap stamp that gives each bar that handcrafted look and feel!

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Wednesday’s Soaper is making soaps

What can I say…I love making soap!

Making Soap

Handcrafted soaps are an endless combination of sensory delights.

TOUCH: Different ingredients combined can leave skin soft, exfoliated,  and most importantly CLEAN!

SMELL: Essential oils, fragrance oils, and even the vegetable oils themselves can combine to create unique and pleasing scents. (Scent-sensitive peeps will find “naked” versions of our soaps available also!)

SIGHT: Colors, colors, color!

HEARING: Bubbles. Pop! ‘Nuff said!

TASTE: I don’t recommend tasting soap. Funny story though…at my very first show a kid smelled the cherry almond Lotsa Lather soap and then took a lick. “Eyoo, that’s not candy!” Nope but soap smelling good enough to eat isn’t a bad thing!

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Tuesday’s Soaper is making a master batch of oil

Masterbatching OilsOwning a small business means wearing many hats. Or every hat! So operational efficiency is imperative. Good thing I have a few years experience in this area via my “day job”!

Mixing a big batch of soaping oils allows me to make multiple batches throughout the week.

Heat, mix, measure, soap!

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Monday’s Soaper is cleaning the soap room for a week of “toil”

farawayfarmsoap-mondayssoaperI sweep and sanitize my soap room after every batch, but at the beginning of the week I deep clean the whole room.

For those of you who know me, “domestic” is not a word used to describe me. Ever.

So you know how seriously I take my soap crafting that keeping a clean work area is a priority!

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