Kaitlynn Cooper, Eshed Ozeri, Emma Tilton
Throughout the course of this semester, we were tasked with creating a value-added product for our final project, Holiday Soaps, that we would then sell at our Final Showcase at The Museum of Northern Arizona University on December 6th.
We had wanted to make holiday bar soap because Eshed is jewish and we wanted to include multiple holidays, rather than just the social norm of Christmas. So, we ordered a Christmas mold with a reindeer, Santa, reef, star, Christmas tree, and a snowman and then we also ordered a Hanukkah mold that consisted of dreidels. Our initial goal was to create all of our holiday soap by using a lye (sodium hydroxide), goats milk, and lavender mixture so it would be 100% natural and good for the skin. However, not everything had turned out as planned.In an attempt to create our holiday soaps, we had all gone to Rosemary's house on Friday, November 17th for our ALTs hours, where she was going to help us make our soap using the lye process. We used a simple recipe for the lye. However, we had made the mistake of measuring out our ingredients in the form of a volume, rather than weighing each ingredient in ounces, like we should have done. Therefore, this caused a reaction within the lye to heat up more than it was supposed to; in which it then started to solidify before we could pour it into our molds. As a result, our dreidel molds did not turn out, but we did create some great regularly shaped bar soap that we did end up selling as well!Recipe: 20 oz of coconut oil, 22.5 oz of olive oil, 5 oz of avocado oil, 6.5 oz of castor oil, 5 oz of shea butter, 5 oz of sweet almond oil, 9 oz of fresh goats milk, 4 tablespoons of oatmeal, 4 tablespoons of honey, 9 oz of sodium hydroxide, 9.5 oz of water
Note: We had completely forgotten to add our locally grown ingredient of lavender that was hand picked from the Colton Community Garden. Since this lye process did not work out as planned, we had to go to our plan B, which was to buy two things of goats milk-glycerine soap base to make the remainder of our holiday soap. This led us to the melt and pour method.
For our Christmas molds, we made 12 bar soaps which included; all had the goats milk-glycerine base and 30 drops of red dye, 4 had only 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 4 had a pinch of peppermint leaves, and the remaining 4 had 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and a pinch of peppermint leaves, further letting them rest for 40 minutes before popping them out of the molds. Once again, we forgot the lavender leaves. For our dreidel molds, we made a total of 16 bar soaps, but because they were smaller than expected, we paired them up to sell a total of 8 baggies. This soap included; the goats milk-glycerine base, 30 drops of blue dye, 5 drops of jasmine essential oil (since Hanukkah doesn't have a certain scent associated with it), and a pinch of lavender leaves (because we finally remembered), further letting them rest for 40 minutes before popping them out of the molds. Suddenly, it was December 6th and we were selling our homemade holiday soaps at our showcase! All of the lye bar soaps were a big hit and sold out completely! However, we did not sell all of our Christmas and Hanukkah soaps for some reason. Maybe the reason we did not sell all of our other soaps because they were not made through the lye process, like the bar soaps were? Either way, we are very proud of our creation of soaps for the very first time. We all had so much fun throughout the whole process and we wouldn't change it for anything!