I am positively bursting with pride over these two batches of soap and it’s not because I made them!
That honor goes to Courtney and Adrienne in Customer Service. They took an afternoon to invest time to learn about swirling and layering from Erik over at Otion. Their soaps turned out extraordinary.
Catch up with Courtney and Adrienne as they candidly interview each other about their soaping experience.
Courtney: So, Adrienne, was cold process as hard as you thought it would be?
Adrienne: Oh my gosh…NO! Honestly I was a little intimidated to try cold process. But Erik, the manager at our retail store, Otion, was so great! He walked us through it step by step.
Courtney: That’s what I though too. I was most nervous to use the lye, but Erik had all the protective gear that we needed including those stylish goggles. The safety gear made me feel better.
Adrienne: Those were attractive goggles, weren’t they? So, Courtney, what was the coolest thing that you learned from our afternoon of soaping?
Courtney: I learned how easy it was to swirl by just alternating our pours. I think some techniques include swirling with a knife, but we just poured both colors in and the batch turned out great…If we don’t say so ourselves.
Adrienne: I might have a biased opinion, but they do look good!
Courtney: What was your favorite part of the soaping experience?
Adreinne: I loved making our second batch because we did it without the help from Erik. That gave me the confidence to know that I actually can make cold process soap. I can’t wait to use it now! According to our “tongue test” yesterday, I think It’s ready to use. Don’t you?
Courtney: Totally! It’s time to test!
Adrienne: So what advice would you give to new soapers out there?
Courtney: Hmmm, I would say to just dive in and don’t look back! Do the first batch as an experiment knowing that it might not look the greatest. But you have to start somewhere.
Adrienne: That’s what I would say too! It was fun to have a partner in crime for the first time, so grab a friend and try it out!
Courtney: Is that a wrap?
Adrienne: That’s a wrap!
The tongue test is to make sure the lye has fully saponified the oils and is no longer present. If you get a ‘zing’ on the tongue, it’s not quite ready. It sounds weired but it’s really the best way to make sure the soap is fully cured.
Tongue Test ?
Beautiful soaps, Adrienne and Courtney! I wish I could try out CP soapmaking too. 🙂
from the great state of south dakota, awesome soaps!
Two Rivers Soap Company says
Love the soaps-especially the red, white & blue one-very timely! 🙂
Courtney & Adrienne says
Awww…Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone. You’re making us blush! We had such a blast with this project.
What’s our next venture you ask? We were just talking about that! We both agree that we want to perfect our cold process skills and maybe try some embedding. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
-Courtney & Adrienne
I’m so glad you guys like the banner – Amber in Marketing said it looked like I was running for President. =)
I’ll have to get Courtney and Adrienne to come on and tell you what’s next in their soaping careers. I think they did great!
wonderful soaps Adrienne and Courtney! I’m impressed!
Heavenly Scent Soaps says
Nice looking soaps!! And, I didn’t try swirling until I’d been making Cold Process soaps for almost a year (I am kind of a chicken…I know). And you accomplished it on your first try…CONGRATS!
Those are great looking soaps…especially for the first time! My first time didn’t turn out so great. It sure would have helped to have an Otion nearby = )
koinonia community says
Fabulous job guys! Those soaps look great! What’s next?
yep I’m with Daniela, the banner ROCKS! …and the interview was neat too!
Very stylish looking soaps!
And I have to add, I *love* what you did with the banner; it caught me totally by surprise and all of a sudden made me look forward to the weekend!