After Shift


Oh my goodness. I just made a soap that actually made me sweat while working with it!! The whole process was worse (almost) than my post about my 15 lb bar of soap.

Everything went wrong. I melted my oils and as usual I put my fragrance, French market,  in the oils like always. Only I meant to not do that this time. I have read that this particular fragrance discolors somewhat so I wanted to only put it in the non white parts of the soap so at least if it darkened bad I would still have at least 2 colors. I have not used it before so I prepared myself

Problem number 2: I put goats milk in the lye. Yes most people do that but I have learned in the past you can really easily get a caramel colored mess. I froze a small amount of goats milk (just a couple of ounces) and even put the lye into ice instead of regular water to keep it cool so this would not happen. Needless to say I am going back to my old ways.

Problem number 3: I knew the fragrance makes soap batter move fast. Meaning the soap will turn solid faster than normal. By this I mean I put the lye in the oils and WHAM instant soap. I totally could forget the in the pot swirl I was going to demonstrate. Now I am showing how to try to triumph over soap on a stick! The soap actually started gelling in the bowl as I was trying to mix it.

At this point I could not even do plop and drop! I have to layer the soap that is the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes into a container and make it look smooth. I used a spatula to whip it into submission. When that did not work I had to use my gloved hands to cram it into the mold. No fancy anything. I am pretty sure it will be Christmas presents for the kids and maybe the homeless.

I put it in my oven hoping to force the gel phase to cover up all the errors. I am sure in the process I will probably burn off the fragrance which actually smells good still.

Why the title after shift? That is what I am naming this masterpiece! After Shift. It is a tribute to all the caregivers and hospital personnel that get battered and bruised during their shift still managing to care for people while breaking their backs. When you get home feeling like a prize fighter who has just lost their fight and wearing clothing you would rather just burn than washing.

It is for the people that did not get to go to the bathroom except once in 13 hours and then are having trouble holding their bladder trying to unlock the door to the house. It is for the people that took their patient to the bathroom at least 12 times in those 13 hours. It is for the shifts that you have 5 patients and 4 of them are isolation with 3 that can not walk do to varying degrees of paralysis and your aid has to go home. Bad thing is all the patients are in bad shape not just yours.

It is for the poor laundry people who get the nastiest laundry to wash ever…I mean it EVER!!! It is for the people working MRD getting requests for things stat that they don’t even know what they are. But they still help you find it and get it to you because someone is yelling they need it now.

So this poor ugly, beaten soap is for those people that leave their families to take care of your families. For the people that come in the garage. Strip down, shower and fall into bed only to wake up 2 hours later thinking about something they forgot to do then call the floor to let them know.

Thank you to all that make a living caring for others. After Shift is dedicated to you! I am going to try to make a soap called Before Shift. For the people who look so beautiful and still smell good that come to relieve you. The ones we are so happy to see that it feels like just left.


Fourth of July Soap

I wanted to introduce my newest soap. Welcome Fourth of July! I have to make the soap now for it to be cured in time. I am really tired, worked last night and again tonight but I wanted to get this published out,

Can you make the same soap I did? Can you make it better (I am sure you can!) If you try to make it let me see your pics! I figure it will be a while before I have any takers on this challenge. Lets get the work out about the newest soap video and as always share, like, comment, and really important Subscribe. It is hard to be taken seriously as a newbie!

Fourth of July Soap!

I almost died because I did not have a headband!

Pretty sensationalist headline right? But it is true! Let me explain how that happened.

My daughter lives near Big D. She was not feeling well and I figured a short visit was in order. I had worked the night before. Came home and slept about an hour. Just laid around and got a later start than I wanted.

Now time for some road therapy. Day was pretty warm and I am just now getting over the sunburn from last time so I decided to keep the top up for now. Music blaring, and air on at this time. Little tired but I got this. Had to stop part way for more caffeine. Yep I got this!

I got to my daughters house and spent the next couple hours watching a movie with them and generally just hanging out. Nope no headband needed for this. I enjoyed petting her non psychotic kitty. The the crazy one leaves me alone LOL. My eldest has a very precious family! I enjoy spending any time I can with them.

Goofy family LOL. My brainiac has an aspiring scientist and the other an aspiring actress. She definitely has her hands full. I spoke with the oldest about maybe starting her own youtube channel. She wants to do one about science. She is a nerd after my  own heart. I love science and wild experiments! I also see some of my quirkiness in the youngest. I love to make people laugh and so does she! Well I am starting to fade so figure I better get on the way home.

Now comes the death defying part! I decided it was late enough to let the top down. I was tired so with top down, air on, caffeine in hand and music up loud (song Defying Gravity from the play Wicked)figured I would be safe. What I did not take into account was as usual I was letting hair fly in the wind because I was too cheap to buy a headband. Just as I got on the top of a tall bridge on I35 before Hwy 80 it happened. A huge clump of hair flew into my left eye. It was burning. both eyes were tearing up. I am trying to not close my eyes and fly to a certain death. I am also aware that cars are going beside me. Somehow I managed to get the clump of hair out. keep up the correct speed and not hit anyone or thing.

I am still not sure how all that happened but I am thankful. Life can end in a second. I see it every day. So today….I bought a multi pack of headbands. I also got some hair color because darn I am really showing the gray again!

Making of a soap recipe

Hello!! Woke up thinking about unique soaping recipes. Nobody can call me a traditional soaper. I am not a traditional anything. Love to try out all kinds of things in soaps even food items!

Many food type items in my soaps in the past have ranged from figs, avocados, tomato paste, blueberries, the list just goes on. Think of me as the mad scientist of soaping.

Right now I am working on a recipe using It works! greens on the go. Yes crazy I know but seriously it should work! It has a green color so soap should turn out either greenish or brownish. Some of the veggies and items listed are already used to naturally color soap. (Local gals working the business are Edith Lane and Caitlin Pennington just wanting to give a shout out!)

I am thinking mixing half of the batter in the greens and the other half in activated charcoal for color and detoxification. So now colors are chosen. Now to figure out the oils and how I want to formulate it

This is going to be a small batch so I want to use oils that are going to make a nice hard bar. I have too many oils to list. Think Lard because it makes a great soap and is hard. Shea butter and cocoa butter, thinking rich and luxurious. Olive Oil, Coconut oil and beeswax. Actually I think I have some bee pollen and might make a 3rd color using that with a touch of honey.  Now the recipe is getting more complicated than I originally intended but it should be a great formula. Now to find that blasted bee pollen.

I am going to use a rose mold my sister Karen gave to me. She has the most thoughtful gifts. Always thinks about what hobby I am working on and finds all the coolest things. Thank you Karen!

See that is how my thought process works on every single batch I do. How does your creative process work?