Jean uses the cold process soap which is a traditional method for making soap.
The day starts early, between 7 and 8 ‘o’ clock. Usually fresh coffee in hand, Jean will wander up to the barn to start the soap making process. The lye is prepared; a mixture of sodium hydroxide and water is mixed, no matter how inclement the weather, outside.
Whilst this is put to cool, the oils are weighed and placed in the large pan to melt. It is now time for breakfast and a cuddle with one of the cats if they are not out hunting. Time to chat to the chickens and check the alpacas, then back to the barn.
After checking the progress of the melting oils, it’s time to prep the moulds for the soap mixture. If the oils have now melted and reached the correct temperature, Jean will mix in the lye and stir until completely blended. She will now see what other jobs need her attention and this could be preparing orders to be sent out, cutting, wrapping or even the horrible accounts/paper work.
A constant eye must be kept on the soap mixture, until it has reached trace, which means when you drizzle the mixture it will stay prominent for a moment. When trace has been obtained the essential oils can be added and stirred in.
The soap mixture is now ready to be poured into the moulds and put to bed.