I believe soap makers are frequently frustrated wanna-be chemists, except, of course, for those who actually are chemists. Don’t get me wrong – soap is a visceral, sensual product and the end results appeal to everyone at some level, but making it takes you to a whole different place.

For me, there is a thrill in the research, development and testing of the vast number of possible combinations of oils available for fine soap making. I love seeking oils that will produce the result I am looking for without compromising the quality I am used to. The potential to screw up your batch with one wrong oil is always there, but the satisfaction of getting it right is worth it.

Even more exciting is developing a blend of essential oils that provides the result I seek, and at the same time, smells great! Every essential oil has its strengths, caveats and benefits. I start every blend with the soap it is intended for and then seek out oils that produce the desired benefits. Beginning with the best oil for the purpose and choosing ones that add benefits and I believe will blend well, I work drop by drop until I have exactly the blend I want.

And then I smile…