Quantcast

Hello from Los Angeles

SoapMakingForum

Help Support SoapMakingForum:

federalist

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2015
Messages
52
Reaction score
24
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Hello,

My name is Emma. I enjoy woodworking in the Federalist tradition (late 18th century). My soap making journey began from a desire to make the most use of my lumber, out of respect for fallen trees. In an attempt to extend the useful life of my precious woods, I burned the scraps and shavings in a fire-pit barbecue, collected the ashes for lye, and had hoped to make soap from it. I even collected fine cedar shavings for scenting soap.

The ashes-to-lye-to-soap experiment failed miserably. By that time, I was in too deep to call it quits. I purchased NaOH pellets, and my first cold-processed soaps (one coconut-based, one olive-based) unmolded beautifully. I have been testing them as they cure, and I must admit to feeling a tinge a pride watching the lather develop.

Emma
 

lsg

Staff member
Admin
Joined
Oct 14, 2007
Messages
13,643
Reaction score
5,159
Welcome to the forum, Emma.
 

not_ally

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2014
Messages
2,939
Reaction score
1,686
Location
Los Angeles
Hi, Emma! There are a bunch of SoCal soapers here, welcome to the club, and the board!
 

Seawolfe

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2014
Messages
3,272
Reaction score
2,984
Location
So Cal
Hi and welcome :) lots of us from the LA area. I'm sorry the lye from the wood ash didn't work out, but wooden soap folders, molds and gift boxes are nice. I would use the wood shavings for packing material rather than trying to scent the soap.
 

federalist

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2015
Messages
52
Reaction score
24
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Yup.

wood shavings in soap = smelly black goo

That is what I learned when I added aromatic red cedar shavings to a batch at trace...
 
Top