We like soap over here at Casa Wee. Alison and Zoe love fragrant soaps from places like The Body Shop, and K prefers good old-fashioned bars from brands like Cussons Imperial Leather and Lifebuoy, to liquid soap. I knew the girls would have fun making their own soap so I signed them up for Soap Ministry‘s basic one-hour workshop, which costs $38 and includes 250g of soap base and one colour or herb to make between five to seven soaps in different designs.
Before the class started, the instructor asked about the girls’ skin conditions – whether they had sensitive skin or problems like eczema. Zoe has mild eczema, so we chose the goat’s milk soap base. All the soap bases available are organic. Actually everything they have there is organic. I liked that, considering that many commercial soaps are chock full of potentially harmful chemicals.
Since soap bases are sold by the kilogramme, the girls had to cut off the 250g required, and then cut it into smaller pieces so they would melt faster.
While the soap was being double boiled (I was tempted to type “soup” there) the girls chose their scents. Zoe chose spearmint and Alison went with lavender. They also took their pick from the many moulds that the shop has available for students.
When the soap base was nicely melted, the girls stirred in the colouring and scents. Then it was time to pour the mixture into the moulds.
The filled moulds were popped into the freezer and allowed to set. In the meantime, we walked around the shop, looking at all the soaps on sale and taking whiffs of the flavours and scents available for sale. Twenty minutes later, voila! Soap!
Both girls were so happy with their soaps that they keep asking me when we can go back to make more. They are planning to celebrate their birthdays there, too. I was quite tempted to buy the soap making kit which has everything you need to make soap at home, but it’s a whopping $420. The more economical option would be to simply buy the ingredients and keep them at Soap Ministry. They allow former students to keep their kits at the shop so they can make use of the tools to make soap. You pay just $10/hour, which I think is quite reasonable and saves me from having to set aside equipment just for soap making, at home. Apparently, Soap Ministry has many regular customers with super-sensitive skin, who come by regularly to make their own soap.
This was definitely a hit with the kids, and I’m sure we’ll be back soon to make more soaps when the ones we made are all used up.
If you’re interested to try making your own soap at home, here are instructions for the melt and pour method which is what we did during the class.
181 Orchard Road
Tel: 9669 5953 / 6634 1920
Daily: 11am – 8pm
Earliest workshop timeslot : 11.45am
Last workshop timeslot : 6pm