I received an email from a much appreciated customer. She had been surfing sites that sell handcrafted soap, specifically goat milk soap, and wanted to tell me that she was glad I was not into all of the crazy colors, additives, and other things that deterred away from good-for-your-skin goat milk soap.
I feel soaping is artwork.
A soap maker has numerous options at their disposal when creating a bar of soap. If the notion hits, they can swirl color in. If they feel like being different, they can make a multi-colored bar of soap. Fragrance is at a soaper’s whimsey. I even read an article recently about soap painting, beautiful.
I pretty much have followed my heart with soaping. I do not sway much in any direction with my basic recipe, but I do occasionally move from color to color, or design. I lean on a rustic cut of soap. I do keep the weight as uniform as possible, by the electronic scale. If you see a wave to the top of the soap, it usually occurs naturally. Or, occasionally I scrape the soap pot and dribble the fresh remnants onto the soap in the mold. I love that look.
I enjoy looking at soaps that others make too, just like my customer said she did. Personally, my skin is sensitive enough, even with skin safe colorants and fragrances, that I cannot use soap for extended periods of time that isn’t basic (with no colorants, and only natural oils). But I truly give a “high-five” to the creative soaping artists out there! Seriously…there are a lot of fantastic talented soapmakers!
Me, I started with a dream of farm-house soap, and that is where I pretty much remain grounded. Farm house goat milk soap…similar to my love of primitive and plaid.
How about you?