Cookies, Chai Tea & Soap
by Sarah Head
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Originally Published: 22 March 2012
Since my yoga teacher training has finished, Iíve been in a desperate search for new hobbies. Like a dog, if I donít get enough stimulus, I tend to become cranky, destructive and ultimately, depressed.
Luckily, I have some great friends who are in a similar boat and are happy to try to new things with me. My friend and co-worker, Maria, suggested that we take a soap making class at the Good Planet Co. just down the street from our office. Held in-store, 5 of us enjoyed homemade chocolate chip cookies and incredibly delicious Chai tea. It was really fun and not only did I walk away with 3 pounds of homemade soap, I also learned a lot. The best part? We didnít have to clean up our mess.
Here are some facts you might not know about soap:
Most commercial brands (Oil of Olay, Zest, etc) arenít actually soap!
They are commonly called other things like ďbeauty bars,Ē or ďdeodorizing barsĒ as most of the traditional soap ingredients have been replaced by chemical additives.
Household spices make great colouring for soap
Soap molds can be made out of a simple cardboard box
You do not need special equipment to make soap
Most people have all the equipment needed in their kitchens already (stainless steel bowls, handheld blender, spatula, etc). And yes, you can use it for soap one day and food the next.
Natural, vegetable-based soap will last up to a year
While you should be mindful of the proportions, itís very hard to screw up a soap recipe. Extra fat, more colour? It doesnít matter, youíll still have a great bar of soap.
Mindfulness is both an upside and downside to regular yoga practice. The upside is that you become more aware of your body and mind which helps you to stay healthy and kind. But the downside can be that you are no longer able to stay in a blissful state of ignorance. I question everything from my sources for food to why Iím feeling cranky.
Making my own soap taught me about how many additional toxins Iím allowing into my body by simply not considering the process of how it was made. As our instructor mentioned in the class, ďwhat goes on your body, goes into your body.Ē I highly recommend making your own soap to anyone who wants to bring more natural products into their lives.
Keep it clean, friends!
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