Time settles things; my fears abated giving way to creative experimentation. Supplies were purchased, pans and scales designated, and the kitchen cleared for a day of discovery. Just over a year ago the first batch of Simply Soap came off the mold to cure on those pantry shelves. The results were wonderful. Creamy hand made soap with gentle lather and just a hint of rosemary graced the sink and became a household favorite.
From the first batch of simple soap my heart desired natural results. As our experimentation continued, a commitment developed in us to keep it basic and as natural as possible. Home harvested herbs, luffa, and fats made their way along side purchased healthy oils and oats. No dyes were to be used in our soaps and any scent additions would come from essential oils instead of synthetic fragrance. Favorable results kept coming as the variety varied from batch to batch.
Recently our hand made booths held baskets of our simple soap experiments with free samples for any interested in testing the varieties. Some questioned their subtlety yet appreciated the realization the soaps would not compete with their perfume choices or other fragrant products. We sold more soap than quilts last time. Strange where experiments can lead.
I have no intentions of 'going into the soap business' or developing beauty products for the public. It is, and still remains, experimenting. Along with soap I have made lotion bars, essential fragrance bars, and beeswax lip balms; we love them and use them regularly. Wholesome products are often pricy and in short supply; having the skill to make my own is a gift to be cherished and used.
Yes, our soaps are available in our shop..free samples are always offered when requested, but no plans are in action to leave the needle and frame for the beauty market. For now, the soap making remains and exercise in simplicity and a creative experimentation.