We think that the Gods of Soap have smiled upon us at Washpool Farm today. We held our breath when the blade ran through the log for the first time, hoping that what we dreamed in our mind was translated in the soap. What do you think of Orange Creme Chai Chocolat? This luscious bar carries notes of chocolate and chai tea, along with essential oils of orange, lemon, bergamot, patchouli, cinnamon and clove.
We may have been in a bit of a soapy rut and felt the need to challenge ourselves with some new designs and techniques. When we first started out making soap we made a huge variety. We'd go to bed reading soap books and wake up with a need to make a new soap. Sometimes it would be designed just for pleasure, other times it would be with a particular need or purpose in mind. Over time our customers have let us know what they like and don't like and we've accepted that some soaps needed to be dropped from the range.
These large, sweet, luscious bars are heading into the curing room today but will be available in plenty of time for Easter (sorry for mentioning the E word in February - just that we need to work well ahead of time to allow for curing). We've also made Berry Chocolate and Peppermint Creme Chocolate over the last couple of days. We'll get some photos of these uploaded soon!! Promise!
Of course, we don't expect things to go exactly to plan EACH day! The first and foremost requirement when making great soap is to use quality ingredients in the right combination. The second requirement is rather more tricky. Temperature. Soapers, the world over deal with an amazing range of climatic conditions. Indeed, here on the Granite Belt we experience temperatures ranging from sub zero to mid thirties (celcius, that is).
Now, our Oatmeal, Goat's Milk and Honey formula heats up more than some other formulas due to the honey and goat's milk. Being Summer time, when we last made it we had some overheating problems. This is an aesthetic thing only - the soap cuts darker than we're used to. It's no big deal really, we just grate up the batch and set it again in a new formula and make sure the temperature doesn't rise too much.
Because the batch looks a little different to usual, we're offering Sale Oatmeal, Goat's Milk and Honey Soap to you for HALF PRICE. This is a lovely everyday soap for everyone - goat's milk, oatmeal and honey is a timeless combination.