on the first day of Christmas

my true love gave to me... soap.

What was supposed to be my holiday gift giving bar turned out slightly caustic. I knew something was wrong right away when it crumbled as I cut it, 24 hours after mixing it up. But I let it sit and cure for one month anyway. I even prepared labels for it, just in case.

I still entertained notions of giving it away but decided to test it myself first (phew...). It made my skin feel itchy and dried out. Darn, my first batch of failed soap and it was supposed to be for gifts.

Instead, I grated it all and it is enjoying it's current life as dishwasher soap. My first inclination was to use it for laundry but washing clothes with a coffee and chocolate soap didn't sound particularly smart. No matter, opening the clean dishwasher has never smelled so lovely.

I decided to recover with a "classic" recipe of mine, if I have such a thing. Orange Clove Pomander is perfect for this time of year and was a popular soap last time 'round. This latest batch looks a little different because I've changed how I pour and mold my soaps but it smells just as lovely. And two new additions are cornmeal and dried orange rinds for texture and exfoliation.

Of course because I made it somewhat last minute, 2 weeks before Christmas, (once I realized I couldn't follow through on my original plan) it won't be ready for use till next month. Until then the recipients are going to have to simply enjoy it's citrus-clove scent. Perfect for the holidays.

P.S. Thank you for your well wishes for safe travel. We beat the winter storm traveling up the east coast and are happily settled at my parent's home. I, in my mother's kitchen while the kiddos are outside playing in the fresh foot of snowfall. Oh, I love Christmas!


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  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on Dec. 20, 2009, 10:46 p.m.

    oh...i am envious as it sounds like christmas has begun for you. a christmas break. i am now getting anxious for christmas to just get here instead of enjoying the enjoying the wind down!

    and the soap? beautiful and amazing. i use failed batches of things for other uses, too. smart lady to use it for dishes!

    nicola http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  • Jody

    Jody on Dec. 21, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

    So glad to hear you made it safe & sound and are cozy in the warmth of your parents home. The soap looks too beautiful to use ~ I agree. You are amazing Renee. I am blessed by your familie's closeness to each other. A rarely seen, or perhaps just rarely heard, trait these days. Christmas deserves to be "home spun" and simply beautiful ~ in it's sights, smells and sounds. Aahh....the Christ in christ-mas. Love & blessing to you all. Would truly love to get to see you after the holidays. In JOY & Love ~ Jody Merry Christmas & Happy New year!


  • Alisha

    Alisha on Dec. 30, 2009, 5:21 a.m.

    OH wow! That Orange Clove Pomander soap looks awesome! I love that smell. Sorry the chocolate batch didn't work out for you. I bet that did smell grand in the washer. LOL you might turn around when you're shopping because you might have an entire following since you smell like a Starbucks on legs. I really have to get on the soapmaking wagon! You inspire me... now if only money would be inspired to fly into my bank account...

    Alisha's last blog post... Surfin' USA


  • Alisha

    Alisha on Dec. 30, 2009, 5:24 a.m.

    ooops... I meant Mocha soap... Sorry that the MOCHA soap didn't work out. Really, I can read, but evidently my brain is blitzed on holiday still.


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