Making Soap Instead of Dinner.

03.20.2016 Long Beach, ca

It has been a long time since I decided to snatch my skills away from traditional restaurant work. While I miss the action sometimes, I do not miss the time-suck, getting punished or doing the punishing for something stupid like putting the wrong fruit on a cake for decoration, or not allowing the croissants to proof for the right amount of time. Or, better yet, having a disgruntled customer flinging her food around the table like a child to express her dissatisfaction.

If you asked me even a month ago what I’d be doing today, I would have had no idea other than I wouldn’t be going back to doing the work I once loved. Not only am I unable to stand or sit for long periods of time nowadays but the time I had to take off work showed how mentally draining and energy depleting my previous workaholism had been on me & my relationships. How draining it had been on my own creativity.

So one night recently I decided to make soap instead of dinner. 

It started with my skin reacting harshly yet again to the hard water of L.A once I returned from Hawaii and my boyfriend talking of buying an all-natural soap he had seen elsewhere because the chemicals in his body wash make him look grey after every shower.

I’ve struggled with skin problems forever: eczema, psoriasis. But I always thought soap was just something we were supposed to pick up at the store for $1 per bar and that was that. Yeah, I never stopped to think that someone had to make it, that someone else had control over the ingredients that entered my skin every day.

I also didn’t realize that my training and skill translated so well into cosmetic & holistic arts, but my first batch came out perfectly! And trying new things has unexpectedly morphed me into the neighborhood soap peddler. 

A couple of days ago, my boyfriend was in a conversation with a coworker and expressed his excitement that I was at home making soap. Once he confirmed that it was all natural, customers were born.

Meanwhile I was at home testing the first batch out in my nightly bath for the right amount of exfoliation, suds, texture. The smoothness of my skin after using  a bar, the moisturizing effects. The all over shave ability . Perfect.

One thing that I’ve had to catch myself from doing during this process is taking a spoonful to the mouth to taste for flavor, and understanding that it smells funny in here because although my soaps are all natural I’m now working with saponification: a chemical process to turn natural oils into soap and suds. Not food and frosting.

It’s a running joke that since my boyfriends overbearing family is constantly inquisitive of when I am going to return to “the workforce”. Insinuating that I am lazy and useless behind my back, his annoying brother who lives across the path from us will be extremely confused once I cause an explosion that sends me running from my apartment in my gas mask & rubber gloves.

A supportive partner is important.


3 thoughts on “Making Soap Instead of Dinner.

  1. Sounds like you’re in the beginning of a new business. I stopped using soap when I shower for several years now. I didn’t see the point other than to smell scenty. But women will spend any amount of money for products they like. I’ll be your soap salesman in Vancouver…it will make me feel like Brad Pitt in Fight


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