I know lots of soapers, IRL and from soap forums. Everyone calls their ‘spot’ something different. You know, the place you go to create whatever it is you create. Mine is actually 2 rooms, upstairs is a home office, it’s also my sewing room. It’s filled with books, folders, fabric, yarn and all my other crafty things.
But soap needs it’s own home. Fresh air, good lighting, emergency exits and lots of running water.
This is my ‘spot’.
It’s got tons of storage, and easy access to my supplies, oils and molds. My tools are at arms reach, and my safety equipment is front and center. Everything, ready to go.
Supplies like micas, clays, herbs, botanicals, oxides and ultramarines are organized by type and are kept labeled in clear containers, making it easy to see when I’m running low and need to add to my ever growing shopping list. A microwave just for soap makes melting oils and waxes fast and easy.
I culled my fragrance and essential oils down to the ‘essentials’, and housed them in these acrylic boxes my dear husband fastened to the wall. All my current oils and butters are stored in buckets, along with lye, waxes and acids. Unopened bags, boxes and buckets are stored in the garage until I need them.
Once the soap is made, unmolded and cut it needs to dry for several weeks. HDPE lunch trays on these Ikea shelves hold tons of soap. Cardboard baseball card boxes keep cured soap and make transport to the Farmers Market simple.
All in all it’s a great place to make soap, the laundry room is just through the doorway, along with a huge laundry sink and a floor drain. I can work in peace, keeping the turmoil contained to a single room. Close it off from little hands and furry paws. Crank up the music and make soap!
So now that you’ve had the 5¢ tour, what would you call it?
Soap Studio? Soap Kitchen? Soap Room?