They say there's a first time for everything... well yesterday was my first time of making soap without any power at home!
We had a massive amount of SNOW dropped here on Tuesday night, which was unseasonal for our mountains Spring, in fact rare at any time, but incredibly beautiful :-) The downside was that we lost power to our home, as did most of the upper mountains and valleys, from Tuesday evening through to late Wednesday afternoon due to fallen trees and power lines.
Now, I'm more than happy to 'ooh' and 'ahhh' at the pretty snow, I really do love it, and enjoy watch my children delight in making snowmen / snow bunnies / snow seals, but at some point I had to get some work done.
Our power returned briefly in the late morning, so I was straight into the days soaping... and then it promptly went out again. (Sigh). So, feeling like a true pioneer woman (!!!) I popped my big steel pot of solids (in this case coconut oil and beeswax) on top of our old woodburner to melt slowly. (It is truly an old and ugly woodburner, but it proves it's worthiness to remain in our home in a blackout!) After all other ingredients were ready, I braced myself for a long session of hand stirring with a whisk, as my trusty stick blender was lying there useless without electricity.
Turns out it didn't take long at all, as yesterday's recipe was my Honey, Goats 'n Oats soap, and the raw honey always accelerates the process along nicely due to the natural sugars. After roughly five minutes of stirring, it poured like a dream.
Unmoulded this morning, I have to say I am a little bit proud of this one. Beautifully creamy, it tells the tale of a 'new way' of working, (which of course is really just the 'old way' of working), and a bit of faith that sometimes, we just need to trust the process.
I might even try 'old style' soaping again, when I'm feeling the urge to get back to a simpler life.