Several people have asked me about the soap room/studio…so I am going to provide a guided tour. I took a string of photos that circled the room perfectly…however…wouldn’t you know, the worst photo of all was determined to load up first! So…with a sense of humor, we are going to start the soap room tour with a photograph of a freezer. Ha ha ha!
This is a commercial freezer that stores bottles of goat milk for upcoming kid goats, frozen milk for soap (pre-measured), and has just a little room left for me to use when I need to cool oils in a hurry (when soap crafting). The blue boxes contain my sterile bottles, pumps, sample jars and bottles, lids, and jars. On the top right is my light box, used as a make shift photography studio. You can barely see it, but I have a thermometer hanging on the shelve. For product preservation, I closely monitor the temperature of the room (74 degrees), and I have a de-humidifier sitting along the wall as well (set at 65 percent).
This is my curing rack system. Notice, it is not very full at the moment (which is scary to me). Because I am out of storage room, I have been putting soap storage boxes on the shelves as well.
This is my original “filing” system for storing soap bars (numbered and separated by scent/type). My storage boxes are beginning to spread throughout the room (part of the need to cut down the varieties to 25 soaps!).
This is where I intended for the soap shop tour to begin! When you come in the door this cabinet is the first item to your right. The original use for this cabinet was to display completed products on top and to store fragrances in the bottom. Again, the soap boxes have spread out all over parts of the room (I refuse to buy more shelving)!
The bottom of the display case is where I store many of my fragrance and essential oils. I generally stock about 75 fragrances. The pattern these days is fragrance purchases in no less than 8 ounce bottles, generally bottles that weigh a pound. So…similar to the soap boxes, this area no longer holds all of the fragrances. Fragrances and essential oils must be stored in a cool area, away from fluorescent and direct (sun) light.
And this photo was to end the tour (yes!!!) at the shipping/thinking desk. This area houses the most important items, like, my coffee pot, CD player, etc…seriously, the area holds recipes, office supplies shipping materials, labels and my trusty planner goes with me everywhere I go when I am at home working (and that is seriously)…you can call this area my office away from my “real” office.
I hope you enjoyed the tour…please sit down with a cup of java…so we can chat a spell. 🙂