It's still 90-100 degrees outside, but you know what? In my head, fall is already here. I have mentioned in previous posts that fall and winter are my absolute favorite times of year. Sky dark at 5pm, cold mornings, and hot coffee.
And with this mentality, I am in official nest mode. I want to bake, cook yummy crockpot things like chili and jambalaya, and eat warm pumpkin bread. All my fall soaps and scents have come out of the closet and all the summer ones have went back in to hide their noses till spring.
But most of all, I want to make things. Lots of things, things all day long.
The other day Autumn was in full force in my house. I have mentioned that I am learning to make soap, and I will freely admit it is quickly rivaling paper crafting as my favorite craft. It appeals to so many senses, sight with all the color possibilities, touch with different textures, and smell (glorious fall smells!!). I constantly thinking about it, researching it, and learning about it.
Anyhoo, back to Autumn. I decided I needed to make some soap and some candles the other day, and get out some of our fall decorations to get me in the mood. I don't know how many of you remember but years ago, 2007 maybe?, Bath and Body Works had these gorgeous porcelain pumpkin candles. They were huge and pricey. But, at the end of the season they had some left (probably because no one wanted to pay $50 or more for them) and put them on clearance for $1. I bought 4 :) I only have one left because I just couldn't bear to part with it. I found it when digging through my closet and decided to save it. I cleaned out the old crusty wax and used my candle making supplies to make a new candle in it along with another jar candle. The pumpkin candle now contains a Apples and Maple Bourbon candle, and the jar candle next to it is Caramelized Pralines. I used Soy Wax from Candle Science for both. (Excuse the quality of the picture, I originally took it to send to a friend via text, so I wasn't really planning on using it for the blog).
I also made my second batch of soap. A lovely Goats Milk Bar with oatmeal and Pumpkin Spice fragrance oil. As you can see from the picture above it came out lovely, and it it smells heavenly. Unlike last time, I actually added the oatmeal at the right time, but I didn't wait long enough for the soap to cool enough so that I achieved uniform suspension of the oatmeal, i.e. it all sank to the bottom. The good thing is that the bottom (show above, you can see the ground oatmeal) has a lovely exfoliating feel to it. The bad thing is that once the oatmeal bottom is gone, so is that exfoliating, scrubby feel. But I am super proud of the color. I had no clue about the correct ratio of yellow and red oxides to use, so I just kept adding them until I got the creamy orange brown color I wanted. Delish!
In case you wanted the recipe I used, here it is with Brambleberry links where applicable:
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap
-1 lb Goats Milk Melt and Pour base
- .5 oz Pumpkin Spice fragrance oil (again, from the Fall Sampler, which is perfect for small batches and beginner soapers!)
- .5 oz ground oatmeal
- Ratio of appx 70% yellow oxide to 30% brown oxides from the Pigment Sampler (I have no clue the exact amount I used)
I have an order winging it's way to me right now for the supplies I need to try my first batches of cold process soaps. Cold Process is making the soap from scratch using the base oils and lye. If you would like to learn more about it, I would say check out the Cold Process playlist or the Beginner Cold Process blog post from Soap Queen for a very quick overview of how it works. And, the supplies for making lotion bars are also on their way. More soapy goodness soon!
What about you, are you ringing in fall, or still holding on to the last hazy days of summer with everything you have?