Thursday, July 9

Homemade All-Natural Soap

I tried making soap the other weekend, and liked it! Being surrounded with kindred spirits, learning about a new craft in a lovely house in Antipolo - if you know me well, you'd know that I'm most calm and at ease whenever I'm surrounded by trees, plants, and leaves - and making soap over delish food our teacher Ana Gutch of Body Food All-Natural and his brother, Vitty, served made my Saturday morning perfect.

For lunch, we had homemade pasta with veggies, roasted chicken, salad, and a special drink - lemon water, ginger, honey, and kamote leaves (which made gave the drink the pinkish color).

I was amazed with Ana's huge collection of additives for her handmade soaps - dried orange peels, hibiscus powder, tea leaves, flowers, cinnamon, lavender, essential oils, cocoa butter, and many other she bought locally and from her travels abroad. I admire how dedicated she is to her chosen craft. She's always trying new combinations, experimenting with new soap recipes.

Here are the things I used for my first bar of soap:
Essential Oils: Lavender + Sweet Orange + Thyme
Additives: Apple + Cocoa + Hibiscus + Green Tea Leaves + Cinnamon + Chrysanthemum + Charcoal + Sweet Pea

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Aside from the food, I also got to taste this colorful insect! Haha! Not going to tell how that crazy thing happened but it tasted good (!!). It made my lips itchy though. Anyhoo, I gave sample slices to my friends Tippy and Abbey, and my interns. I hope they like it. :)

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PS If you want to make your own soap, you can join Ana's workshop at the Hey Kessy Studio on August 8, 9am-12nn. Sign up: Soap Making Workshop

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