Track Season On The Sidelines

As Track season comes to a close, I put my spikes away for next year, and cheer my teammates on as they continue to state. Wishing I could go myself, I sit on the sidelines and watch as all my friends make personal records and qualify for finals. Why am I not sprinting full speed … [Read more…]

A New Continent And New Friends!

A few weeks ago I returned from my grand trip across the Atlantic Ocean. I’ve been frantic about catching up. I suffered a week of jet lag, and still managed to get myself up at 5:30. I’d get up and go to school, track practice, and then homework, food, and sleep. Saponification and cutting for … [Read more…]

Freshman Routine: Earn What You Put In

Every morning I wake up at 6:00. I catch the school bus at 6:45. My routine is the same. The alarm goes off and I cringe. It’s a sound I dread. My feet touch the cold bathroom floor. I wash my face and prepare myself to confront yet another day trying to understand DNA, reproduction, … [Read more…]

Life Outside of Soap Making

Ask my dad for the weekly soap recipe.  Make the lye.  Weigh the fat blend.  Mix to trace.  Add essential oil.  Pour into molds.  Cure, cut, package, ship.  That’s pretty much my life when making soaps.  It’s routine.  My life in high school, however, is not so routine.  Sometimes it gets messy. I just finished … [Read more…]

Charging Forward

Motivation is the desire or willingness of someone to achieve something. This is what we use to achieve goals. Whether the goal be as simple as finishing a chapter in a book, or as difficult as landing on the moon. Being surrounded by people who are determined to achieve the same thing as you, can … [Read more…]

Washing Away a Bad Day

Just taking a shower can wash away a bad day, especially with your favorite soap bar.  This is my first time making soap.  I’m helping Lily. Going through the slow process, I had time to think about my hardships with my mom.  I’ve found that at the end of the day, a shower helped me … [Read more…]

Being Part of a Team

When you are a part of a team, you work with different people to achieve a common goal. When making soap, an acid (fat) and a base (lye) are combined to form a team (a salt). The acid of this “team” is the fats.  I use a lovely and very unique blend of shea butter, … [Read more…]

Capturing The Moment

Capturing The Moment

At 3 years old, my parents put me on a snowboard. At 13, my dad put me in front of a recipe for success – soap making. Now 14, I enjoy nature while doing both. Snowboarding, I speed down admiring the mountains. Making soap, last night in my garage, I watched the sunset. Nothing makes … [Read more…]

Slow Down To Get Ahead

Like crafting a story out of thin air, soap making is a delicate process of creation. Do it wrong, it can ruin someones day. Unused Lye scars skin. Do it right, it can make the day. Good soap is an escape during a routine shower. When I taught Lily how to make soap, I stressed … [Read more…]

Making Trace Making Friends

Trace is a common word in soap making. It’s used to express when the oils have successfully combined with the lye to create soap. It is important to reach trace, so that the molecules of both lye and oils mix to create a safe, healthy, nourishing bar of soap. Otherwise, it’s wasted time and materials. There are three … [Read more…]