So yeah, soaps coming out my ears now! I'm wanting to take five showers a day lately. LOL
In my own soap pot today....
I made Orange Mint, Lemongrass Mint, and a Mint Coffee kitchen soap. This was my first time using essential oils (EOs). I was not impressed at all. Wow, that stuff is potent. I knew they would be but....wow. Given the price, the messiness, and the gag me factor, I think I'll definitely be going back to regular old fragrance oils (FOs).
All three of the soaps I made were ideas I got from either Etsy or the soap forum. I'm really hoping those scent combos blend into something different than what I was smelling because YUCK! I can't imagine why anyone would want to buy those?! Yet, they seem to be fairly common. The coffee one might be ok. It has real coffee and real coffee grounds for scrubbiness. It's meant to be a kitchen/hand soap to help remove cooking odors and whatnot.
I'm hoping to make three more batches tomorrow but not sure what. Debating using the oils again, you know, to use them up and get them out of here. *snort* I bought an avacado and a cucumber today with the intention of putting the puree of each into batches, so I suppose I should make those two at least.
Except for the few pieces I've set aside for specific people, I've given away all of the sample bars from my first seven batches of soap. Word was spreading yesterday and people I never would have expected asked to try my soap. Everyone is just wild about them. People were asking how much I want for them. I keep telling everyone that I don't want anything right now, just their opinions. I tell them I'm still learning and practicing. It's funny too because none of them seem remotely interested in the fact that I had real carrots or pumpkin in some. They're just concerned with the smell. So that's another reason I'll be switching back to FOs.
The stuff today is also a newly tweaked recipe. Which reminds me....all the people that have tried my soap so far say it's 'fine,' or 'very nice,' or 'great.' They all say it lathers fine, is creamy, and isn't drying. I've noticed that even now that I'm back to using the soap I ordered I still feel the dryness in my hands and face so I'm starting to suspect it's just because winter is coming, the furnace is running, the air is dryer now. This is somewhat reassuring as far as my own soap is concerned.
In non-soap news.....
Last weekend we had excellent weather so hubby started putting up the Chrstmas lights outside. We are NOT turning them on until after Thanksgiving, but to get them hung while the weather is still decent is a good thing. We had great weather again today so hubby and I went to our favorite Spend Way Too Much Money store: Menards. We needed a few lights related things, and we wanted to look at some other yard things to add to the display. Didn't quite find all we needed but got enough for hubby to finish the lights today. We turned them on this evening to get an idea how they'll look. There a few things we need to do yet, but overall it's looking pretty good. We might go browsing again tomorrow at different stores to see if we can find what we're looking for.
Ty's friends have been coming over almost every weekend now. The three regulars are Matt, Eric, and Breanna. Yes, a girl is part of their 'gang.' She doesn't appear to be a girlfriend to any of them. It's just kinda funny. This evening all three of them were here, plus Ty, plus Casey all crammed into Ty's room playing Xbox. His room is tiny. I don't know where they're all sitting. It's kinda cool though to have people coming and going. Ty was never very social in school. Makes me worry a little more though about them having the whole weekend to themselves when hubby and I go to Minnesota. Doh!
After inheriting a Queen Anne-style mansion from a distant relative, a blind girl (Brianne Davis) starts "seeing" things that seem too strange to believe. Her concerned friends wonder whether she's telling the truth -- or simply losing her mind. C. Thomas Howell co-stars in this supernatural thriller shot on location inside Salt Lake City's Armstrong Mansion, which is purported by many locals to be a "real" haunted house.
This movie SUCKED. Oh.My.God. It was bad everything....writing, acting, story. There is really nothing more to say. It sucked in a big way. And it most definitely is not a "supernatural thriller" as Netflix claims it is. It is an hour and a half of crap.