|Vanilla Layer Cake AKA Beefcake: beef tallow, water, lye, cinnamon, fragrance|
So, I've just returned from a 5 week trip to Minnesota to visit my boyfriend, Jerry. You'd think I'd be able to last 5 weeks without making soap, but of course I found some ridiculous means to do so. "What? You've got cow fat? ...I can do something with that." It was supposed to be only an 11 day trip, but after driving 4 hours to the airport we decided I should stay longer. We're good at waiting until the last minute to make important decisions. He had already taken as many days off from work as he could so I had long days with not much to do, hence the creation of this blog.
This wasn't the first time I thought I could go a period of time without making soap.
The first time I went to Minnesota was as a volunteer with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). It was a 3 month position at Voyageurs National Park. I decided I could go the 3 months without making soap so I didn't bring any of my supplies or ingredients, only a batch of Bug-Be-Gone soap I had made previously. About a month later I bought a crockpot and some oils from Brambleberry and my mom mailed me some things from home. That's when I realized that I truly had a problem. I used a shoebox for a mold. I made some more Bug-Be-Gone and then a batch of Lettuce and Poppyseed, inspired by and made for a co-worker who traded me some homegrown lettuce for soap.
|Bug-Be-Gone: coconut oil, olive oil, sustainable palm oil, organic/fair-trade/unrefined shea butter, jojoba oil, dried orange and lemon peel, essential oils of citronella, nepetalactone, lavender, black pepper|
Yesterday, airport security searched my backpack. Apparently large amounts of soap look suspicious to the scanners. After the lady searched my bag and sent it through the scanners again, she went back to the other security members and said, "It was soap, I thought it was cake!" Oh Beefcake, you sneaky bastard you.