It’s been a tough year for a lot of people. My heart goes out to all who’ve lost a loved one or lost a job this past year. I’m fortunate that I was able to keep my day job – the one that pays the bills. Working from home has had its advantages: I got to spend a lot more time with my husband – who was also working from home, I didn’t have commute time, didn’t have to wear makeup and managed to grow out my graying hair with little trouble.
Of course, it also had it downsides. Because my day job became so very busy, I had a lot less time for my soap making. I didn’t blog. I didn’t post to instagram. By the time the weekends rolled around, we needed some activity that was outside the house. So we hiked. A lot. We checked out many state parks and now have a huge favorite about 40 minutes from home which has provided us with many happy, healthy, socially-distanced weekend days. Thank you, Georgia State Parks. We continue to love you every weekend.
I haven’t been completely idle with my soap-making, of course. I’ve been working on expanding my product line with some new offerings. I’ve been testing my new beard oil on my son, Andrew. He says his beard is a lot softer with this recent birthday present! Aftershave and beard soap are still in development but I expect those to hit the new menu soon. I’ve also tried to improve my craft by experimenting (I usually call it “playing”) with technique, color and scent in soap. The thing I love most about making soap is that I can make something really pretty which is also very useful. Those who know me know that I am a fan of consumable products!
Up until recently, all my soaps have been vegan with the exception of the bee pollen soap. I’ve been experimenting lard and goat’s milk during the long layoff. Lard makes a really nice, very hard, very white bar. I typically use color in my soaps so having a white bar isn’t something I really need. I do like the big bubbles that it provides though. Goats milk soap feels really good on the skin, but I’m not a huge fan of the look. I have some of these soaps in my inventory for now but I will likely not continue to make them, keeping my cold process soaps vegan. Lots of people make goats milk soap, so if that’s important to you, I’m sure you’ll find a vendor.
I’m looking forward to getting back into some shows now that things are starting to open up again. I can’t wait to speak with the curious and look forward to providing some education on why handmade soap is better than the commercial “soaps” that you can buy!