Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Zen Soaping & Not-So-Zen Soaping
This soap all began on a wonderfully relaxing no-plan Sunday morning. My darlings were sleeping. I was inspired... An adaptation to my Aloe Green Clay soap... with Tea Tree & Eucalyptus EO blend this time as a friend of mine wanted a one of my facial soaps but with Tea Tree and Becky at http://thesoapsister.blogspot.com/ was making something similar… we may do a swap! It was all going so smoothly until...
The Not-So-Zen Part
• The phone rang as I was pouring the Castor oil into the liquid oil mixture and I poured too much!!! Scooped out some oils to compensate, but it wouldn’t have just been the castor oil!!
• Got on my computer when waiting for the lye to cool, completely forgot about it and the oils were heating and got left cooking on the stove for ½ hour!!!
• The scale cut out on me (batteries went!) when I was measuring the Aloe Vera, so the first bit was measured correctly, the last bit was a guestimate??!!
• Mixed all the at trace ingredients together (Aloe Vera squeeze out from my plant, Green Clay & Avocado Oil) and tried to blend but it all just got stuck in one big glop in the hand mixer… so I added the Eos and they were too watery and wouldn’t blend well... Big gloppy mess.
The Zen Part
Then the evening, as I was catching up on some of the blogs I follow, I came across a brilliant tutorial by Sergio from http://enjaboname.blogspot.com/. He stressed the importance of putting on music through the process and being relaxed, even right through to the cutting. So... for the next part of this soap, the cutting, I though I would try it. For some reason, I guess it is our busy lives, I am usually rushed through the process. My darlings were out.. my honey at the driving range.. my daughter at Ballet... So instead of doing a quick cut so that I could have the finished product right away... I put on some of my favourite music. Sergio suggested classical music. I actually put on Dave Matthews “One Sweet World” and “Crash Into Me” and just settled in, sat down in a comfy chair, and took ages to cut the soap. I got so into it that it was the most pleasurable experience cutting a soap I have ever had. They came out very nicely cut and I love this soap specially now. Each soap is a memory, isn’t it?
I would like to continue this new part of my process... the music… the being in the moment and thoroughly loving each second... Here’s to Zen soaping!