I got myself a new hobby – alamak – in the midst of handling a toddler and a baby. Unbelievable, you say. Nil would tell you that it’s because I have nothing else better to do. Eeks.
Anyway, it’s soapmaking and I happen to chance upon this craft while hunting for breastmilk recipes. I went ahead with this itch, bought some melt & pour soap base to try my luck and when the supplies came in the other day, I decided to give this method a go. All I did was just melt the soap base, add whatever else I wanted to add in – breastmilk, passionfruit essential oil and strawberry seeds – and pour into the silicon mould. The result is as what you see above.
On hindsight, I should have waited for the soap to thicken up a little before adding in the strawberry seeds. As the soap cooled, the seeds sunk to the bottom, resulting in a nearly seedless middle. I didn’t spray the top with alcohol so it looks a little bubbly. But no matter, this is just meant for home use – the real test would be actual cold-pour soap (made using lye and truly from scratch) which are supposed to be for Christmas although I doubt they’ll be ready in time as gifts. Cold-pour soaps need to be “cured” for at least four weeks to complete the saponification process as well as to harden up the soaps.
In the meantime, I’ll just have to turn to Red Envelope for my Christmas gifts – http://www.redenvelope.com/christmas-gifts-rcfav. They have the most spectacular personalized gifts – my favourite is the handcrafted language blocks!