Finding Passion in Soap Making
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had it in my mind that I was going to make goat milk soap. Goat milk soap is so creamy, and nourishing to the skin. I’ve also had this obsession with goats since my first visit to Knott's Berry Farm when I was six. Pygmy goat‘s, potbelly goats, milk goats, floppy eared goats, and billy goats, so cute! Thing is, I don’t know the first thing about making soap. I don’t own any goats. I’ve never owned a goat. I don’t know how to take care of goats. Call me Jon Snow, not as in the leadership or a pioneer type but, in the fact that I know nothing.
Fast forward YEARS to 2018 (don't ask me how old I am, trust me it's a long time). My mom sends me a link about cool, fast, fun, and creative DIY aroma therapy (you can watch it here). My four year old son watched it with me and was instantly fascinated (he's a crafter like his mama). So I thought, we're intrigued, let’s do this! We then set out to get supplies from our local craft store. We loaded up the ingredients (and more!) we would need but mostly used stuff from around the kitchen that we already had. I love re-using and re-purposing! We set to work and made our first batch of melt and pour soap! Lemon Lavender Shea Butter soap, with real lemon peel and organic lavender flowers. The final product was amazing and instantly made me feel like a pro!
That my friends was the beginning of an era. That was it. I was bit hard by the soapy bug. After that, my son and I visited the craft store many more times to stock up on soap base and more pretties. Then we went on to make a whole bunch of different soaps with different ingredients, different scents, and colors. We were creating useful art and the sky was the limit!
As with anything, however, there was a little bit of a learning curve (learn more in my following blog posts). I scoured the internet for new recipes, learned about cold process soap, and opened up shop on FB to sell our creations. I bought a soap making book, followed and subscribed to soap making tutorials online.
A little insight, I have battled with depression and MS for many years. The depression is not completely severe, but most days I found that I was losing myself more and more. Becoming a mere shadow of myself. A shell of a human being. Just running the gauntlet of daily monotony. No time to breathe. No time to discover new interests. Even if I did have the time, I just couldn't bring myself to find enjoyment in anything other than what was immediately surrounding me. Drowning and barely staying afloat.
Why is this relevant? Because I have ALWAYS been crafty and artsy. I wrote books, stories, poetry, made jewelry, made magnets, painted, I used to draw, make music, photography, anything I could get my hands on; I wanted to CREATE. Even when I was little, I used to take my creations and sell them on our front lawn and at Saturday Market in Alaska. Ever since I moved to Washington state and lost all my creative belongings (not the first time that has happened unfortunately) my fire and desire to create slowly burned out. I was just a working machine. Go to work, come home, go to sleep, repeat. For nine years, working on my career, thats what I did. I didn't create ANYTHING except for, my first born child. When he came into the world, I started coming back to my creativity. But it was fleeting moments, few and far between.
This small project we did together, this moment I shared with my child, awoke the deep passion I was so desperately missing in my life. Something I could create and feel accomplished about. Something I could do with my children. Well, my little one is still a bit too young, but you get what I mean. Something that represents me. Something that makes me excited to wake up every morning. It opened up a whole new world for me. I’m finding myself again through the passion of soap making.
Follow my next series of posts Soap Making Basics, while I document and share with you what I have learned and maybe you too will find a new passion, or if anything, find a fun new project to do with the family.
Where will this new found love take me? I am not certain. I have ideas and goals in mind but what's important to me is that I'm creating again. The only thing I regret, is not starting sooner! So what are you waiting for?