It was good to get back in the soap kitchen this past week! To show for it, I have eight logs of soap sitting on the shelf including Vetyver, Karma (at right), Dragon's Blood, and Sandalwood soap. The Karma soap bar (and lotion) is made with an essential oil blend containing Patchouli Oil, Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, and Gardenia Extract. This time, I'm really pleased with how the color of the Karma soap turned out. Since the essential oil blend is a DEEP amber color that plays havoc with any colorant one might want to add, the blue that I added to the last batch became a light lack-luster gray. I wasn't thrilled about it. This time, I added a touch more blue, and color has turned out to be an interesting Karma-like turquoise sea color. I'm not sure the picture does it justice. I am anxious to cut the logs in the next day or so and see what the bars look like!
After these first few logs, however, I came down the with the flu that's going around and the soap kitchen was abruptly shut down for the rest of the week! It just goes to show: just being in a room surrounded by soap doesn't keep the flu at bay; you've got to use the soap! As the sign in our soap shop states: "Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Because Jesus and Germs are Everywhere!"
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a good hand washing with soap and water is the best defense against germs. Completely wet your hands with warm water, and then suds-up. Completely cover your hands with lather, and then scrub in between fingers and the backs of your hands. The advice for children and adults alike is to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or the Alphabet Song twice through---at least 20 seconds---before you rinse off thoroughly and head for the closest towel to dry off completely.
Thankfully, the flu has moved on, and I'm once again in action. Here's to healthy and active days ahead for ALL of us. And if you need some soap to keep those germs at bay, come see me!