So, now I am eagerly waiting for my 2 lbs of lye, soap molds, and several bottles of essential oils to come in the mail. I am so excited! A couple nights ago I was discussing my new interest with my family at the dinner table. I began telling them how the lye (sodium hydroxide) reacts with the oils and when mixed enough, forms the goopy soap "batter", which you then pour into the molds, let them set, then let them cure on a rack for a whole month before using! When dad heard "sodium hydroxide" he said, "That's, uh, really nasty stuff, Elizabeth. You know you can get seriously burned with that..." I said it was no problem, I would wear gloves, glasses and long sleeves. He just raised an eyebrow and looked at Mom. "It's.... it's how they did it in the old days," I suggested. Nothing I ever bring up about how "they did it in the old days" seems to impress Dad. But he had no objection. My brother found out that you can use sodium hydroxide to make bombs (oh joy), but Dad quickly put an end to that idea.
I'm so excited about trying my hand at this! Stay tuned for updates on this new venture. :) Have a lovely day!