Last weekend we did get out and about. Took a drive up Mt. Lemmon. It takes almost an hour to get from this side of town (the southwest corner) allllll the way over to the northeast corner. We got to the base of the Catalina's at around 8:30 am, and the temp was already 90 degrees. It's 25 miles up to the top of Mt. Lemmon. We went as far as the Loma Linda picnic area, which is about 3 miles from the top. It was a wonderful 76 degrees with a refreshing wind. So we sat for awhile under the piney trees enjoying the coolness.
I stole one of Ray's pics to show you here. If you want to see more, go to his blog Sonoran Connection.
Ray took that pic at one of his favorite places along the upward road to stop and take pics. I always yell at him about it because it's not a very big pull-off, and we're never far enough off the road to please me. He still stops there almost every time.
This week, I made a couple of soaps ... are you surprised ??? :) One is a Patchouli soap I have been thinking about for awhile. The other is Egyptian Dragon. I did up a pot of goat milk soap. I had a bit of a What The Heck moment when I poured the lye mix into the oils. It immediately started to clump up a bit. I was worried that it would either rice up or seize up on me. But stick blenders are magical things and once I started blending, all was well. I think it happened because the lye mix was rather warm, and the oils were room temperature. Usually, my oils are a little warmer than room temp because I completely melt my coconut oil in the microwave. However, I had just gotten a new batch of coconut oil and it was still completely melted from shipping. A 50lb pail of coconut takes a LONG time to harden back up after traveling in 100+ degree weather!
I split the pot in two. For the patchouli soap, I added a big helping of honey. Then, a LOT of patchouli! Usually I skimp a bit on the patch because it's so darn expensive, but I didn't this time. And, I added a bit of gold mica. Other than the gold mica, I didn't bother trying to color it because between the goat milk and the honey, it's going to be a brown soap. Now, I've done this same recipe (same oils, goat milk, and honey) with my Honey Eucalyptus soap and that soap is so sudsy and silky, I've been using it a lot in the shower. And been wanting the same thing in straight up patchouli. So, this is it! :)
The other half of the soap pot, I scented with Egyptian Dragon, and added a little bit of green topping .. like dragon scales you know.
Here's the two of them right after I got them in the molds
Here's the Honey Patchouli going through the cutting process ..
It smells WONDERFUL right now. I can still smell the honey, and mixed with the patch it is fantastic. I hope the honey scent doesn't fade too much!
And here is the Egyptian Dragon. I expect it to darken up a bit.
The Sandalwood Vanilla and the Fresh Cut Rose soaps have been listed in my Etsy shop. Now I need to get on the ball and get them listed on my website.
Sandalwood Vanilla This smells really nice! For all you Sandalwood Vanilla fans, you'll like this! I've used this the last few mornings, and the sandalwood scent sticks with you for awhile.
Fresh Cut Rose Very nice rose scent!
I've been hooked on a word game that I got from Big Fish Games called BookWorm Deluxe. Anyone try this game? I'm up to level 25, but the longest word I have been able to spell is only 7 letters longs. I think I need to improve my vocabulary !!!
And, for my sisters, Dakota finding the only patch of sun available!