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So, I'm happily writing along all the way to the end--which is a humdinger, btw--when my copy editor stumped me with a question...
The primary ingredient is the potash or pearl ash from ashes. Pure potash can be achieved by leaching wood ashes. To do this under primitive conditions, take a small container with a small hole or holes punched through the bottom.
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Place a one-inch layer of gravel or sand in the bottom of the container, and a one-inch layer of sand (aha, perfect for our characters stranded in the Caribbean!) on top of the gravel. The gravel and sand act as filters.
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Can you think of scent they could add to their soap to give it a pleasing aroma? Something that would be found on an island in the Caribbean. Do you enjoy homemade soaps? If so, what’s your favorite scent?
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Very interesting information. I think soap making is much easier now. Think I would dry some of the sweet scented flowers and infuse them into the oils to add a scent. Then add a litter of the dried flowers to the soap as well.ReplyDelete
Pam R, so glad you stopped by!! :) Pam is 1/2 of Pam & Megan's Shoppe. Isn't that soap adorable? Pam & I got to know each other recently at a series of local workshops for Women in Agriculture called Annie's Project.Delete
Pam, if you stop back by, can you tell us how infusing works? Is it something someone could have done over an open fire 100 years ago?
I believe it could be done. If you were to put the oil in a container with the dried flowers and place them on the outer edge of the fire to keep them warm but not hot for a few hours. If the oil got too hot it would fry the flowers. The strain the flowers before using. The same principle could be used with herbs to create healing salves.Delete
Oooh, thank you! All of us here who wanted to have nice, sweet-smelling soap are forever grateful. :)Delete
I love coconut so I have to say that would be my choice!ReplyDelete
Me too, Debbie. Seems like it would be smooth and creamy and should soften the skin. I have some coconut oil for cooking. Hmmmm....Delete
Is there a way to give soap the scent of the sea? (and maybe the soap can make seagull noises???)ReplyDelete
Oooh, I would think so. Maybe some of our soap makers will chime in. Fresh, clean, saltwater sea air. As for the seagull noises, maybe they can put one of those little noise makers inside. I'll have the add some plastic fish for you, Mary. Will that do? lolDelete
Pam, very interesting about soap making. I too would add some kind of sent like from flowers.ReplyDelete
I enjoy a light scent, Tina. The Sweet Cotton up above smells nice, not overpowering, but clean and fresh. I thought it was perfectly named as well. I bought it at the Soule Steamworks Shop in Meridian, MS. It smells so nice.Delete
Mary, this is just fascinating. WHO KNEW? Well, you did...LOL Looks like another wonderful story--I will definitely be picking up this collection!ReplyDelete
Well, I didn't really know to begin with. But when my editor asked where they were going to get the soap, it just HIT me that they should be able to make soap. And since I happened to be in a six-week class with a bunch of hard-working ladies and some of them make soap, I asked around. So, there you go. Our ancestors made soap way before we had all the newfangled ways of doing it. Isn't it amazing that if you just want plain ol' lye soap, you can make it out of just about anything. Now, it might take the hide off of ya if you don't know what you're doing, but you can do it. lolDelete
Sorry, PAM--NOT MARY! LOL This is really fascinating. My dad used to make lye soap and my mother would just roll her eyes and refuse to use it in the house. LOL (Of course, it was NOT scented and was really really rough.) These look like some great stories. I'm looking forward to getting to read them all--but this soap making thing just grabs me. Looks like a great story, Pam!Delete
Ah, Cheryl, no need to apologize. I don't mind being confused with Mary any day! :) Did you dad sell his lye soap?Delete
No, he just made it to use around the house. It was funny because he put his lye soap on one side of the sink, and Mom put her perfumed soap on the other side. LOLDelete
lol - That might be taking HIS and HERS a bit too far. But, then, I don't blame her. Straight lye soap might have been a bit strong. ;)Delete
It almost seems like a God thing that you can make soap from ashes and animal fat. Kind of like using animal poop for fertilizer. It's all a bit mind boggling. I wonder how people first figured out how to make soap.ReplyDelete
Exactly. How did they KNOW to combine ashes and fat/oil to make soap? And how did the knowledge spread? The things historians, archaeologists, and historical writers ponder.... lolDelete
Loved this post, Pam!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Davalyn.Delete
cool post Pam! now I want to go try and make soap the "old fashioned" way. maybe try it with my five year old because everything is still fascinating to him. We have a ton of crepe myrtle blossoms in our yard (& one the tree) right now. somehow infuse that in? Hmmmm...ReplyDelete
I really need to get the collection. I love how your editor's question enriched your knowledge and your story. so cool.
DebH, glad to get your creative soap thoughts going! :) But if you seriously start thinking of making any kind of soap, do your research. Lye is highly... something... it can burn the skin. BAD. That's all I know. I'm not even sure if there's a "kid friendly" way to make a mild soap. But if there is, you can find it online. Google is your friend. lolDelete
Ohh, crepe myrtles. That would smell SO nice!
Love how true you are to historical detail. And maybe it's because I'm hungry but I think pineapple soap would be a refreshing scent. LOL But coconut is good too...and it supposed to be really moisturizing as well.ReplyDelete
Just bought this novella collection, Pam. Can't wait to read it!
Okay, well, I'm afraid I'd be tempted to eat the pineapple soap, Kav, so I'm not sure that's a good idea at the moment. Kinda like those apple pie scented candles. And worse is the sugar cookie ones. Oh my!Delete
So glad you've got this collection, Kav. I think you're going to love it! :)
That's amazing information! I knew ash was involved in the process but not fat or oil. If I was stranded I'd go for some coconut goat's milk soap :)ReplyDelete
Heidi, I knew about the ashes too, but didn't know about "leaching" them to get the lye out. Modern-day homemade soap makers probably use pre-packaged lye. In my research, I ran across some they can buy.Delete
Also, I gave the most basic instructions for making soap that I could come up with. I didn't want to bog the post with too much detail. And while making soap is doable, I'm going to guess that it's hard work.
My brother has made liquid laundry detergent and it sounds pretty time consuming to me. I'd probably fry my brain on the fumes ... what little I've got left!
Interesting post, Pam - who knew, lol?? Thank you!! Kav and I think along the same lines - pineapple soap (or any other fruit or scented tree indigenous to the island one might be stranded on).ReplyDelete
Can we just skip the soap and make a pineapple upside-down cake instead? Now that's something I can manage! lol Thanks for stopping by and commenting.Delete
Really liked this post as I enjoy homemade soaps and buy them often at fairs, festivals and historic sites. I would choose mango, pineapple or coconut flavored soap. thanks for your post. I'd love to read this novel collection. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)comReplyDelete
Sharon, so glad you stopped by! I've been blessed to be included in several different collections this year as well as having Stealing Jake release in print in August. It's already shipping from Amazon, which is so exciting! And...if you're on Goodreads, I'm hosting a giveaway with 2 copies. I forgot to include the widget in today's post, but you can easily find it on Goodreads and enter the giveaway. Blessings!Delete
Marvelous post, Pam. I remember making soap with my grandmother. Normally, she didn't use scents. Once, as a special request from my great-grandmother, she used a small bottle of store-bought perfume. Kids weren't allowed to wash-up with those bars, just Great Grandma Luler.ReplyDelete
Oh, Linda, that is so sweet that your great-grandmother had her own sweet-scented soap. I read somewhere that women shaved small slivers of lye into the hot water when they were doing laundry, so I can see why most women wouldn't bother adding scents to the soap. It would be more time consuming to make and hubby and the boys would smell like a flower. So, I'm sure unscented was the order of the day--mostly. :)Delete