Fun with chemistry in the soap lab

cold process soap in the gel phase

Cold process soap goes through an interesting chemical reaction an hour or even longer after you pour it up into the mold.  If you keep the soap from cooling off quickly by keeping it wrapped in a blanket or otherwise insulated, it will heat back up and almost liquefy into this gel. It starts in the center of the mold and moves outward in a circle until the whole mold is full of gel phase soap. Then it hardens back up in a reverse pattern, outside in. It’s weird.

A guy who stopped by my booth told me he made soap with honey that heated up way more than typical gel phase. I haven’t made much soap with honey, only a few batches. I am going to look into the chemistry of that soon.

The New Horns

yep, that's me with my smashing new horns

Today was a fun day. I went down to the Organic Armor studio in the River Arts District in Asheville. I forgot my camera, which I really meant to bring. Mostly because I wanted to play dress up and take pictures. So, what I did instead was I picked out this awesome set of horns. I was torn. Should I choose the ones that stick in your hair and really look like you have horns growing out of the top of your head? or the ones like this that sit across the head more like a tiara? I think it might have been designed with a different placement on the head in mind, I’ll get someone to take a picture that way some other time. Perhaps Sunday, even.