Lemongrass and Lavender Hot Process Soap SOAPY SATURDAY


The feedback on the Lemongrass and Lavender was positive. I promise to make the CP version soon. Soaps wrapped but I could do with some wrap training


Well the Lemongrass and Lavender soap smells delicious. BUT it’s messy. As I said below probably better as a cold process soap. Or perhaps its just me who prefers CP to HP. CP is far less messy. I also tried my hand at some wrapping (see below). I have added a ink here for Soap Queen/Brambleberry lye calculator. It is helpful in measuring the right amount of oils and in my case a blessing to stop me either having too little or too much fragrance……https://www.brambleberry.com/Pages/Fragrance-Calculator.aspx



BEFORE I STARTED ON SOAP TODAY….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxTXwxbpzLM

Well it’s a been a few days since I last said anything. I am delighted that I have had two positive comments that are worth one million comments to me.

I have been unwell again for a few days and a little exhausted. My family visited me also over the past week so its been hectic with Christmas, putting up the tree and gift wrapping.

This morning is the first I’ve had any energy. I’m having a Christmas high tea tomorrow and needed something nice to wear. I felt a little exhausted on the bus to Marble Arch at the crack of dawn today. However, I found what I wanted by 10:am and took a nice walk through Hyde Park. It was busy with Winter Wonderland tourists even at that unearthly hour in the morning. But the park for all it was dull and misty was beautiful and chilly. The air was fresh and the squirrels ran around everywhere. Joggers and cyclists and me enjoyed the beautiful crisp morning.. I tried to capture some of the beauty below.

Recently the French artisan bakery and patisserie Paul opened it’s doors locally. There had been such a fuss because it was opening directly next door to Greggs.  I thought whilst on the bus after walk through the misty Hyde Park I’d stay on a couple more stops for the sake of stopping outside Paul’s. I am a secret baker and love making bread so I was optimistic to treat myself at Paul’s. I sat on the bus hungry having only eaten breakfast just after 6.am. I envisaged a delicious chicken or tuna baguette or a delicious sandwich. My tummy rumbled and the hunger pangs made the fifteen minute journey seem like an hour. Then I was there at Paul’s.  The fabulous cakes on display suggested I was in for a real treat. Greggs looked a little drab.

BUT I was met with a long queue  AND as I wondered along the counter I was met with NOTHING but flat bread rolls and flat looking sandwiches. The window display was about the only thing at Paul’s worth looking at. As a keen bread maker and  from watching countless Paul Holliwood youtube videos and reading his books. I learned the art of kneading and know what freshly baked bread looks life when kneaded to perfection. I also have had several failed attempts with bread and the bread in Paul’s looked exactly the like the countless baguettes I have thrown into the bin.  Fresh bread must also look scrumptious to eat and unfortunately. One batch of baguettes I attempted was intended to copy one I liked in Subway. They were a tad on the large side but soft and  scrumptious. I made a hasty retreat to Greggs and had the perfect Tuna and red onion baguette. I doubt Paul’s will last long.



SOAPY, SATURDAY….Lemongrass and Lavender Hot Process Soap

I will upload pictures tomorrow but from the Soap Queen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxTXwxbpzLM   I gave this soap a try tonight. However, I did not have the right size mold. I will see tomorrow how it worked out.

2.1 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz. Avocado Butter
4.2 oz. Coconut Oil
8.4 oz. Olive Oil
4.2 oz. Palm Oil
1 oz. Shea Butter
2.9 oz. Sodium Hydroxide
6.9 oz. Distilled Water
0.6 oz. Sodium Lactate

1 tsp. Spirulina Powder
1 tsp. Green Zeolite Clay
1 tbsp. Lavender Buds

0.8 oz. Lemongrass Essential Oil
0.6 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential

Crinkle Cutter
2 lb Wood Loaf Mold
Silicone Liner for 2 lb Wood Mold
pH Strips

If you make this project I’d love to see it!





Soapy Saturday

My orange passion fruit scented soap turned out good. BUT some of it was a bit messy. I made too much and needed to use a flat soap mold. A flat soap mold I find is not good for hot process soap. I will put these into my shower bag and use them at the gym. At least they are soapy and lathery and smell almost good enough to eat. 

The tidy batch

orange-and-passion-fruit-scented orange-soap

The messy batch 

I would recommend NOT using a flat square mold when making Hot Process soap. it is messy and doesn’t even out well and difficult to smooth over.


Yesterday I tried a recipe meant for cold process soap. Somehow I don’t think it worked. However, the smell is good even my neighbour commented on it as she passed the door. It looks too messy to take pics. I will post the finished product when I cut the soap.

The hot process method is what I began with and preferred until now that is. But only time will tell


Soap making basics

Such a tough week but I have been busy purchasing my oils and fragrances. I can’t believe that I’m now spending less on goodies to sit and eat all day. The most yummy smells coming from kitchen are fragrances and oils. There was a time it baked apple pie and triple chocolate layers.

SOAP., SOAP, SOAP……………if you are getting into soap there is no need to spend a fortunate on equipment. I will set out here all you need.

EQUIPMENT health and safety first

  • i wear an old shirt and a pair of washed out jeans. I cover my feet with a pair of slippers. They were given to me as a Christmas present in the office. I assumed someone wanted to dispose of them. I was planning to do just until I found use for them. I also purchased a pair of goggles below for £6.99. They are adjustable too

safety-goggles-galactic-deluxCLOTHING….i wear an old shirt and jeans and a pair of work slippers that cover my feet.




I refer to Vinegar as an necessary piece of equipment. In the event of burning apply white vinegar to the skin. I always keep a bottle on the counter. It has remained full thanks to the protective clothing.


You probably have the following items in your kitchen. Kitchen items is are the tools you need. Pleases do not ever reuse the items used for soap making to prepare food.  I checked out what cooking utensils needed to be renewed in my kitchen. I used the older utensils for my soap making, I store them in plastic storage units that I have squeezed into a corner in my kitchen. You should not go out and spend too much money. The tools required allow for thriftiness. The plastic see through boxes were used from bay cost £5 each. They were sold locally and I saved on postage and packaging. 


I am interested in making both cold process and hot process soap. A crock pot is recommended for hot process soap. I started off this hobby to save money so I raided my kitchen utensil storage space. I found a deep fat fryer that I had no use for. I couldn’t believe I had two. One my mother purchased for me and one  a friend gave to me. I sold one on ebay for half price as it was nearly new. I was able to purchase a nearly new crock pot for less than what I sold the fryer. It was in excellent condition.

crockpot-hp crockpot-inside crockpot-two


  • A large stainless steel spook and plastic spatulas. The spook is to stir in the lye and the spatula to mix the oils. These can purchased at your nearest pound or poundland stores. Also you need rubber gloves. I purchased mine from ebay at £3 for a box of forty.  plastic spoon — for stirring the lye solution.


  • A soap mold — to pour your raw soap into
  • silicon-mould
  • many different options here – from a commercial soap mold to yogurt cups, or Tupperware container – basically any leak-proof container made of plastic, glass or stainless steel. Wood or cardboard molds can be used too if they are first lined with freezer paper.
  • A large Pyrex pitcher to measure hard and soft oils. In the case of CP soap the Pyrex can also be used for mixing ingredients. Do not use the glass pitcher to mix lye. The temperature from the lye will crack the glass. 


  • Lye must be measured accurately.
  • I use a regular sized Salter scale for measuring oils and a mini scale for fragrances.


  • I find it easier using a Pipette to extract fragrances


  • temperature of cold process ingredients (the oils and lye solution) can greatly affect the final product. Measurements therefore must be accurate. The temperature of your soaping area also affects your results. If you were to ask advanced soapers, “What is the perfect soaping temperature?” you would receive a wide range of answers. This is because it depends greatly on the particular recipe and design. For most soapers, the preferred temperature of soaping lye and oils are 120-130 ° F. In addition, many soapers and books believe it is helpful to have the lye and oil within 10 degrees of each other.
  • Check out this oil chart link…….http://www.lovinsoap.com/oils-chart/
  • Lye  can be measured in a glass pitcher but should only be mixed with distilled water in a plastic pitcher
  • Always wear eye protection and face mask to protect from the temperatures and fumes.
  • lye-to-water

Distilled or rain water must be used in soap making. Tap water crystallizes the soap. Distilled is the recommended fluid for soap. I have never used bottled water.  I purchased 2×5 liters on ebay for £13. I shopped around and found suppliers willing to sell two bottles for the price of three.


ALWAYS add lye to distilled water. NEVER add water to lye.it is DANGEROUS and can be FATAL.  


  • Adding lye to room temperature water can cause the water to reach temperatures up to 200 ° F. The mixture also creates fumes, which should not be inhaled (ensure you wear your mask)
  • TIP, TIP, TIP  (I froze half my distilled water quantity and added the remainder at room temperature. The temperatures was just under 100 ° F). Always ensure you get your temperature in accordance with your recipe. 

frozen-lye frozen-combined-lye

  • The lye will be misty until it sets


The lie must be cool and clear before it can be applied to the oils. I used this time to prepare my oil, fragrance and colouring


  • NOTE TO THE SELF……Some soap makers say soap can be made without lye. NOTE TO SELF after extensive research and expensive soap making classes with expert soap maker and successful business woman Linda Cross stresses……NO LYE NO SOAP. That goes for hot or cold process.




  • A Stick blender — to blend the oils with the lye mixture and start the saponification process. The stick blender is essential for hot and cold process soap. The food mixer better used for mixing colours in hot processing soap.


  • A good range of oils particularly coconut oil,, butters and fragrances. Fragrances are not essential.