For The Bathroom

Soap making is one of those things that my brain links to magical cauldrons. What I do looks nothing like the picture below ( “Thank Goddess”) but is still part of this ancient craft.

Saponification, the process natural soaps go through to become a finished product has been around since before the Babylonians, almost 5000 years now.

I wonder sometimes how the original recipes came to be. Who thinks, “hmmm, I could mix some rendered animal fat with some ashes from the fire, add some water and see what happens?”. More than likely, like cheese making, it had an accidental beginning.

{Ontario women making soap via Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food R. R. Sallows Collection}

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Full Moon Woman of Willendorf Soap

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Full Moon Dragon Fly Soap

Full Moon Dragon Fly Soap

Soap from a chemical perspective is a salt. It is defined as the product that results when acid ( lye ) and base ( fats ) come together and are neutralized through the combining. Many soaps on the market today are more correctly labeled detergents as ingredients have been taken out to be sold for higher prices elsewhere and chemicals have been added to cheaply create more bubbles and stabilize or preserve the industrial detergent formulas.

Even “all natural” soap, can for some people, cause skin irritations. Cold process soaps contain natural glycerin to keep skin moist. Essential oils are added for their aroma and healing qualities.

a bit of everyday magic offers a limited reserve of two soap shapes, made during the influences of the new or full moons. Each batch is unique.

The ingredient list is: coconut oil, vegetable oil, avocado oil, beeswax, distilled water and caustic soda. Each batch contains a unique mix of essential oils and orris root to fix ( hold in ) the aroma. Some batches will also contain dried orange peal or oatmeal which act as exfoliants.